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Course Director

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD
Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Faculty

Ezra Cohen
Ezra Cohen, MD, FRCPC, FASCO

UC San Diego
San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
La Jolla, California

Quynh-Thu Le
Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FACR, FASTRO

Stanford University
Stanford, California

Accredited by

Medical Learning Institute, Inc.

Activity Details

Credit Types:CME / CPE / CE
Credit Amount:1.5 Credits
Release Date:2017-Nov-02
Expiration Date:2018-Nov-01
Estimated Time for Completion:90 minutes
Registration Required:No
Cost:Free of Charge

Activity Description and Educational Objectives

Treatment options for patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN), including recurrent/metastatic SCCHN, have expanded with the rapid integration of immunotherapy into modern oncology. In particular, checkpoint blockade has become an important component of multimodal head and neck cancer (HNC) care. Currently, researchers are attempting to answer the question of how exactly immune checkpoint blockade will pair with existing treatment modalities, such as radiotherapy, in the HNC setting; and what this further integration of immune therapy will mean for patients with recurrent/metastatic or locally advanced HNC. This activity features insight from expert clinicians as they attempt to answer these issues in HNC while offering thoughts on a patient’s experience of several modes of therapy, including radiation and immune treatment; based on a recent live symposium held at the 2017 American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Describe updated efficacy and safety evidence on the use of immunotherapy in a range of SCCHN treatment settings, including recurrent/metastatic or locally advanced disease, among others
  • Summarize evidence on novel combination options for SCCHN, including immune combinations, immunotherapy radiotherapy, and other multimodal approaches
  • Recommend treatment with immunotherapy for eligible patients with SCCHN, including individuals eligible for clinical trial–based treatment
  • Recognize and manage unique response dynamics or adverse events in patients with SCCHN receiving immunotherapy, radiotherapy-immunotherapy, or other multimodal combinations

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of radiation, medical and surgical oncologists, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and other clinicians involved in the management of patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck.

Nursing Education Purpose Statement

The purpose of this activity is to improve knowledge and competence of nurses concerning the treatment of squamous cell cancer of the head and neck.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit, participants must view the activity and complete the post-test and evaluation form. A score of 70% or higher is needed to obtain CME/CE/CPE credit. There are no pre-requisites and there is no fee to participate in this activity or to receive CME/CE/CPE credit. Statements of Credit are awarded upon successful completion of the post-test and evaluation form.

Media: Enduring Material
Release and Expiration Dates: November 02, 2017 - November 01, 2018
Time to Complete: 90 minutes

Faculty & Disclosure / Conflict of Interest Policy

Before the activity, all faculty and anyone who is in a position to have control over the content of this activity and their spouse/life partner will disclose the existence of any financial interest and/or relationship(s) they might have with any commercial interest producing healthcare goods/services to be discussed during their presentation(s): honoraria, expenses, grants, consulting roles, speakers bureau membership, stock ownership, or other special relationships. Presenters will inform participants of any off-label discussions. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Medical Learning Institute, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The associates of Medical Learning Institute, Inc., the accredited provider for this activity, and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this CME/CE/CPE activity during the past 12 months.

Course Director and Moderator

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD
Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Hillman Professor of Oncology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research
Co-Director, Tumor Microenvironment Center
Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Grant/Research Support from AstraZeneca/MedImmune; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Merck & Co., Inc.; and VentiRx Pharmaceuticals.
Advisory Board for Amgen; AstraZeneca/MedImmune; Bristol-Myers Squibb; EMD Serono, Inc.; Lilly; Merck & Co., Inc.; Pfizer; and PPD (Benitec Biopharma).
Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, does intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use for the following products/devices: several immune therapies currently in testing for various SCHNN populations, including durvalumab, nivolumab, pembrolizumab, lirilumab, epacadostat, and other immune-stimulating therapies.

Faculty

Ezra Cohen, MD, FRCPC, FASCO
Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine
UC San Diego
Co-director, San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy
Associate Director for Translational Science
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Co-leader, Solid Tumor Therapeutics Program
Co-director, Head and Neck Cancer Center of Excellence
La Jolla, California

Ezra Cohen, MD, FRCPC, FASCO, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Consultant for AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Eisai Inc.; Human Longevity, Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc.; and Pfizer.
Ezra Cohen, MD, FRCPC, FASCO, does intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use for the following products/devices: several immune therapies currently in testing for various SCHNN populations, including durvalumab, nivolumab, pembrolizumab, lirilumab, epacadostat, and other immune-stimulating therapies.

Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FACR, FASTRO
Katharine Dexter McCormick & Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor
Professor and Chair
Department of Radiation Oncology
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FACR, FASTRO, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Consultant for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Grant/Research Support from Amgen Inc.; RedHill; and Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FACR, FASTRO, does intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use for the following products/devices: several immune therapies currently in testing for various SCHNN populations, including durvalumab, nivolumab, pembrolizumab, lirilumab, epacadostat, and other immune-stimulating therapies.

CME Reviewer

Vishwanath Sathyanarayanan, MD, DM
Apollo Hospitals
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Vishwanath Sathyanarayanan, MD, DM, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Nurse Reviewer

Bobbie Perrin, RN, OCN
Harrington Cancer Center
Amarillo, Texas

Bobbie Perrin, RN, OCN, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

CPE Reviewer

Nancy Nesser, JD, PharmD
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Oklahoma City, OK

Nancy Nesser, JD, PharmD, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Medical Director

Carmine DeLuca
PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education

Carmine DeLuca has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Disclaimer

The information provided at this CME/CE/CPE activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. Recommendations for the use of particular therapeutic agents are based on the best available scientific evidence and current clinical guidelines. No bias towards or promotion for any agent discussed in this program should be inferred.

Providership, Credit & Support

Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Learning Institute, Inc. and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education. The Medical Learning Institute, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Learning Institute, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses

Medical Learning Institute, Inc.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15106, for 1.5 contact hours.

Pharmacists

ACPE The Medical Learning Institute, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Completion of this application-based activity provides for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. The Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0468-9999-17-014-H01-P.

Providership

This CME/CE/CPE activity is jointly provided by Medical Learning Institute, Inc. and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education.

Support

This activity is supported through educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck & Co., Inc.

Collaboration Statement

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA).

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The faculty of this educational activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. Faculty members have been advised to disclose to the audience any reference to an unlabeled or investigational use.

No endorsement of unapproved products or uses is made or implied by coverage of these products or uses in our reports. No responsibility is taken for errors or omissions in reports.

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