This is an activity on the treatment and management of patients with lung cancer. The focus is on community-based medical oncology practices, but all clinicians caring for lung cancer patients are invited, including academic and research-based oncologists and allied healthcare practitioners.
The primary objective is to provide the target audience with the practical knowledge and best clinical practices to help them improve outcome in their lung cancer patients through a focus on personalized medicine with molecular and genomic testing and biomarkers, and an essential integration of the many new and emerging therapies into best practices for their lung cancer patients including immune therapy, new and novel targeted therapies, and novel uses of chemotherapy such as maintenance chemotherapy for squamous NSCLC. The target audience includes both academic and community-based lung cancer oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, hematologists, fellows, oncology pharmacists, oncology nurses, Nurse Practitioners, physician assistants and other allied healthcare professionals. The focus is on community-based practices, but all clinicians are targeted, including academic and research-based oncologists and allied healthcare professionals.
This year there is significant focus on the integration of Immune therapy and novel targeted therapy into traditional chemotherapy, as well as an update on the status of NGS testing to address NSCLC patients without actionable mutations, including patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. And as always, heavy emphasis is placed in the use of interactive case studies and other learning formats to achieve the highest level of learner/audience interactivity with the faculty and the program.
In 2016, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, remains a significant unmet medical need, and, is expected to be a major clinical and scientific challenge for the foreseeable future, but with modest incremental advances. According to the American Cancer Society Facts and Figures there were an estimated 225,000 new cases, and 160,000 deaths from lung cancer this in 2015. Survival rates for patients with lung cancer vary widely depending upon the stage of the lung malignancy when it is initially diagnosed. The five-year survival rate for Stage I NSCLC is approximately 50 percent. Perhaps more importantly, because most lung cancer are diagnosed at late stages of disease, especially Stages II and mostly IV, the five-year survival rate for Stage IV NSCLC is approximately two percent. Thus, it is clear that there is incredible opportunity for improving outcomes for patients with lung cancer.
Despite the overall poor outcome, lung cancer patient outcomes are improving. Patients are living longer and with a better quality of life because physicians and other healthcare professionals have access to the information to gain the knowledge and competence to treat, care for and manage their patients. Physicians have a better understanding of lung cancer cell biology, an increasing ability to personalize existing and emerging systemic lung cancer drug therapy because of molecular and genomic diagnostic tests, the availability to use next-generation systemic lung cancer therapy and expanded uses of many existing systemic lung cancer drug therapies.
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of and help close Practice Gaps of medical oncologists, hematologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, oncology pharmacists, oncology nurses/Nurse Practitioners and other allied health-care professionals involved in the treatment, care and management of patients with lung cancer, including physician assistants and fellows. Lung cancer is treated optimally by a multi-disciplinary approach of clinicians and, thus, all of the aforementioned clinician specialties are targeted for invitation.
Paul Bunn, Jr., MD (Co-Chair)
Marianne Davies, DNP, ACNP, AOCNP
Tracey Evans, MD
Edward Garon, MD
Jonathan Goldman, MD
Richard Gralla, MD, FACP
Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD
Jim Koeller, MS
Ronald Natale, MD
Joel Neal, MD, PhD
David Spigel, MD
Heather Wakelee, MD
H. Jack West, MD
BioMedical Learning Institute
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Danielle Shafer, MD
I have no real or apparent conflicts of interest to report.
This educational activity has been independently peer-reviewed.
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For additional information about approved uses, including approved indications, contraindications, and warnings, please refer to the prescribing information for each product or consult the Physicians' Desk Reference.
The Biomedical Learning Institute (BMLI) does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the FDA labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the BMLI. Please refer to the official FDA prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indicated, contraindications, and warnings.
To receive CME/CE credit participation in the entire activity by viewing the activity and the completion of a brief evaluation form, participation in 4 pre- and post-questions, and successfully passing a CME/CE test of 4 questions.
The Biomedical Learning Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Biomedical Learning Institute designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Biomedical Learning Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Credits: 8.25 hours (0.825 ceus)
Type of Activity: Knowledge
The Biomedical Learning Institute is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA.
The Biomedical Learning Institute designates this educational activity for 8.25 contact hours.
Accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA refers to recognition of educational activities and does not imply approval or endorsement of any product.
Participation at the entire activity, a 70% or better score on the post-test and completion of the evaluation form is required to receive CE contact hour credit.
Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 8.25 hours of Category 1 credit for attending this activity.
Fellows will receive a certificate of attendance that they can submit to their accrediting organizations for continuing education credit.
Sincere appreciation is extended to Lilly, Helsinn, Celgene, Merck, Astellas, Myriad Genetic Laboratories, and Novartis for their generous support of this educational activity
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