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A Conversation with the Investigators: Perspectives on the Management of Head and Neck Cancer (Webinar Audio Proceedings)
Released September 2021

Featuring perspectives from Drs Barbara Burtness, Ezra Cohen and Robert L Ferris. Published September 16, 2021. (Webinar Audio Proceedings)

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    This program is intended for medical oncologists, hematology-oncology fellows and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of head and neck cancer.


    • Consider clinical and biologic factors and emerging research information to personalize therapy with novel immunotherapeutic and targeted regimens for patients with head and neck cancer.
    • Appreciate available Phase III findings supporting the FDA approval of pembrolizumab as first-line therapy for patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy or as monotherapy for those with PD-L1-positive tumors, and consider the implications of this information for clinical practice.
    • Recall the biologic rationale for dual immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy or for combining immune checkpoint inhibitors with other therapies in the multimodality management of SCCHN, and evaluate ongoing research investigating the potential benefit of these combinations in the locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic disease settings.
    • Consider the clinical relevance of NTRK gene fusions for patients with head and neck cancers, and appreciate available clinical research evidence with and FDA endorsements of larotrectinib and entrectinib for patients with NTRK fusions in order to appropriately select therapy.
    • Design an optimal approach to the clinical care of patients with localized, locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic SCCHN, considering the implications of symptomatology, targetable genetic mutations and other factors.
    • Appraise Phase III data with toripalimab in combination with gemcitabine/cisplatin as first-line treatment for recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and consider the potential clinical role of this novel agent.
    • Design and implement a plan of care to recognize and manage immune-related adverse events associated with recently approved and emerging immune checkpoint inhibitor regimens and the side effects of other novel targeted regimens to support quality of life and continuation of therapy.
    • Recall the design of ongoing clinical trials evaluating novel agents and strategies for SCCHN, and counsel appropriate patients about availability and participation.

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    FACULTY — The following faculty reported relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities:

    Barbara Burtness, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Yale School of Medicine
    Co-Leader, Developmental Therapeutics Program
    Director, Yale Head and Neck SPORE
    Yale Cancer Center
    New Haven, Connecticut

    Advisory Committee: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Chinook Therapeutics, Cue Biopharma, Debiopharm Group, IO Biotech, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc, Kura Oncology, MacroGenics Inc, Merck, Nanobiotix, Nuvelution Pharma Inc, Rakuten Medical Inc; Consulting Agreements (Grant/Research/Clinical Trial Support): Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Cue Biopharma, Merck.

    Ezra Cohen, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology
    Associate Director, Clinical Science
    Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health
    La Jolla, California

    Board of Directors: PsiOxus; Consulting Agreements: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Eisai Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Kinnate Biopharma, Merck, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp, Mirati Therapeutics, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc; Ownership Interest: Shares held in Kinnate Biopharma and Primmune Therapeutics.

    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, Departments of Otolaryngology, Immunology, and Radiation Oncology
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Advisory Committee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, EMD Serono Inc, Instil Bio Inc, Lifescience Dynamics Ltd, MacroGenics Inc, Merck, Numab, Oncocyte, Pfizer Inc, Rakuten Medical; Consulting Agreements: Bicara Therapeutics, Chinook Therapeutics, F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Genocea, Kowa Research Institute Inc, Mirati Therapeutics, Novasenta, Sanofi Genzyme, Zymeworks; Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck, Novasenta, Tesaro, A GSK Company; Stock: Novasenta.

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    These activities are supported by an educational grant from Merck.

    Release date: September 2021
    Expiration date: September 2022

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