On-demand | Identifying Ovarian Cancer Symptoms: Promoting Early Diagnosis, Treatment and Improved Outcomes Through Rapid Referral

Program Release: November 9, 2020
Expiration Date: November 9, 2021
Estimated time to complete: 60 Minutes
There are no prerequisites for participation.

Overview

In women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related mortality, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. An estimated one woman in 78 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 21,750 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2020, and that more than 13,940 women will die from ovarian cancer this year.

When a woman is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent, Due to ovarian cancer’s nonspecific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 15 percent of all cases are early, meaning stage I or II. If detected at stage III or higher, the five-year survival rate can be as low as 28 percent. Historically, ovarian cancer was called the silent killer because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have proven this untrue. The following symptoms are more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than in women in the general population, even patients with early stage disease: bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency). As soon as ovarian cancer is diagnosed, rapid referral to a gynecologic oncologist can improve survival prognosis.

This webinar will illustrate the benefits of referral to gynecologic oncologists and will review risk factors including genetic syndromes, presentation in early and late stages, diagnostic evaluation, physical exam, and indicators for referral to a gynecologic oncologist.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for Physicians and Physician Specialists (gynecologists, gastroenterologists), Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Students, Residents, Fellows and other allied healthcare professionals engaged in the care of women.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this course, the learner should be better able to: 

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer
  2. Describe the incidence of ovarian cancer nationally and in Rhode Island
  3. Identify survivorship and quality of life advantages for patients referred rapidly after diagnosis to gynecologic oncologists
  4. Outline evidence-based guidelines for effective symptom workup and indication for referral to gynecologic oncologist
  5. Identify risk factors including genetic syndromes
  6. Understand the national protocols for genetic testing and counseling eligibility

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION AND HOW TO RECEIVE CME CREDIT

There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the CME presentation
  • Complete the posttest with a passing score of 70% or greater, the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.

FACULTY DISCLOSURE

In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:

Megan Daniel*
Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD
Joseph Dziobek, MSW*
Linda Dziobek, RN*
Norma Hardy, MEd, CHES*
Donna MacDonald, RN, OCN, CCM*
Jennifer Maloney*
Diane C. Martins, PhD, RN*
Jennifer Scalia Wilbur, MS*
C. Kelly Smith, MSW*
Maria Sullivan, BS*
Siana Wood, RN, BSN, CDOE *

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Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.00 ANCC
    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • 1.00 Attendance
    Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.
Course opens: 
11/09/2020
Course expires: 
11/09/2021
Cost:
$0.00
Rating: 
0

Chair: 
Mary Charlton, PhD, BSN 
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Associate Director and Co-Investigator
State Health Registry of Iowa/Iowa Cancer Registry
Faculty Advisor, Population Research Core
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Speakers:
Denise Collier
Patient Speaker

Jacklyn Engelbart, MD
Research Resident Physician, Department of Surgery
University of Iowa College of Public Health
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, IA

Megan McDonald, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Gynecologic Oncology
Carver Medical School
University of Iowa Health Care
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, IA

Jennifer Patterson, MPH
Research Specialist
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Iowa City, IA

Kristin Weeks, BS, MD/PhD Candidate (Co-Chair)
Medical Scientist Trainee, Medical Scientist Training Program
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA    

Planning Committee
Denise Collier, Patient
Jacklyn Engelbart, MD, BSE
Katie Jones, MPH
Jennifer Maloney
Megan McDonald, MD
Jennifer Patterson, MPH
Maria Sullivan
Kristin Weeks, BS, MD, PhD Candidate

Continuing Medical Education

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education.

Physicians
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.00 ANCC
    This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • 1.00 Attendance
    Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.

Price

Cost:
$0.00
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