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Meet The Professors: Clinical Investigator Perspectives on Key Questions and Emerging Research in the Management of Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma
Released July 2019

Proceedings from a CME symposium held at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting. Featuring perspectives from Drs Jeremy Abramson, Bruce D Cheson, Ann S LaCasce, Noopur Raje, Paul G Richardson and Sonali M Smith. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This program is intended for medical oncologists, hematologists, hematology-oncology fellows and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of hematologic cancers.

    Hematologic cancers include the lymphomas, the leukemias, multiple myeloma (MM) and other related disorders stemming from lymphoid and myeloid progenitor cell lines. Taken together, it is estimated that approximately 176,200 new lymphoid, myeloid and leukemic cancer cases will be identified in the United States in the year 2019, and 56,770 individuals will die from these diseases. Importantly, nearly 70 drug products are currently labeled for use in the management of hematologic cancers with more than 120 distinct FDA-approved indications. Although this extensive list of available treatment options is reassuring for patients and oncology healthcare professionals, it poses a challenge to the practicing clinician who must maintain up-to-date knowledge of appropriate clinical management strategies across a vast spectrum of liquid and solid tumors. This is particularly true, however, within the realm of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (including chronic lymphocytic leukemia [CLL]) and MM, where the past several years have seen a staggering number of important clinical and research advances.

    These video proceedings from a CME symposium held during the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting feature discussions with leading researchers with an expertise in hematologic cancers regarding actual cases from their practices and the published data that drive clinical decision-making for patients in those and diverse other situations. By providing information on the latest research developments and their potential application to routine practice, this activity is designed to assist medical oncologists, hematologists, hematology-oncology fellows and other healthcare providers with the formulation of up-to-date clinical management strategies.


    • Individualize the selection and sequence of systemic therapy for patients with newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory (R/R) CLL, considering clinical presentation, biomarker profile and psychosocial status.
    • Evaluate existing and emerging clinical research data to formulate therapeutic recommendations for patients with newly diagnosed and R/R diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma and T-cell lymphoma.
    • Incorporate new therapeutic strategies into the best-practice management of newly diagnosed and R/R Hodgkin lymphoma (HL).
    • Customize induction, consolidation and maintenance therapeutic approaches for MM in the post-transplant and nontransplant settings, considering patient- and disease-related factors, including cytogenetic profile.
    • Consider published research data and other clinical factors in the best-practice selection, sequencing or combining of available therapeutic agents in the nonresearch care of patients with R/R MM.
    • Compare and contrast the mechanisms of action, efficacy and safety of approved and investigational immunotherapeutic approaches (eg, immune checkpoint inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor-directed T-cell therapy) for the treatment of HL, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), CLL and MM to determine the current and/or potential utility of each in clinical practice.
    • Design and implement a plan of care to recognize and manage side effects and toxicities associated with the use of existing and recently approved systemic therapies in the management of HL, NHL, CLL and MM to support quality of life and continuation of treatment.
    • Assess the ongoing clinical trials evaluating other novel investigational approaches for HL, NHL, CLL and MM, and obtain consent from appropriate patients for study participation.

    Research To Practice is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    CME credit is no longer available for this issue

    CME credit is no longer available for this issue

    This CME activity consists of a video component.
    CME credit is no longer available for this issue

    Research To Practice (RTP) is committed to providing its participants with high-quality, unbiased and state-of-the-art education. We assess conflicts of interest with faculty, planners and managers of CME activities. Conflicts of interest are identified and resolved through a conflict of interest resolution process. In addition, all activity content is reviewed by both a member of the RTP scientific staff and an external, independent physician reviewer for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies referenced and patient care recommendations.

    FACULTY — The following faculty (and their spouses/partners) reported relevant conflicts of interest, which have been resolved through a conflict of interest resolution process:

    Jeremy Abramson, MD
    Director, Center for Lymphoma
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, Amgen Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Celgene Corporation, EMD Serono Inc, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Juno Therapeutics, a Celgene Company, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Kite Pharma Inc, Merck, Novartis, Seattle Genetics, Verastem Inc.

    Bruce D Cheson, MD
    Frank M Ewing Foundation Chair in Hematology-Oncology
    Professor of Medicine
    Head of Hematology and Cellular Therapy
    Deputy Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology
    Georgetown University Hospital
    Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Washington, DC

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc; Contracted Research: AbbVie Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, Seattle Genetics.

    Ann S LaCasce, MD, MMSc
    Program Director, Dana-Farber/Partners Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Institute Physician
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Advisory Committee: Humanigen Inc; Consulting Agreement: Seattle Genetics; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Institutional Research Funding: Celgene Corporation, Forty Seven Inc, Seattle Genetics.

    Noopur Raje, MD
    Director, Center for Multiple Myeloma
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
    Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Consulting Agreements: Amgen Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Janssen Biotech Inc, Merck, Takeda Oncology; Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

    Paul G Richardson, MD
    Clinical Program Leader
    Director of Clinical Research
    Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center
    Department of Medical Oncology
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    RJ Corman Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Advisory Committee: Amgen Inc, Celgene Corporation, Janssen Biotech Inc, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Oncopeptides, Takeda Oncology; Contracted Research: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Oncopeptides, Takeda Oncology.

    Sonali M Smith, MD
    Elwood V Jensen Professor of Medicine
    Director, Lymphoma Program
    The University of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois

    Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc, Kite Pharma Inc, Nordic Nanovector, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc, Seattle Genetics, TG Therapeutics Inc; Contracted Research: Celgene Corporation, Forty Seven Inc, Genentech, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc; Other Remunerated Activities: Educational lecture — Genentech; Medical science liaison, commercial teams — Kite Pharma Inc.

    MODERATOR — Dr Love is president and CEO of Research To Practice. Research To Practice receives funds in the form of educational grants to develop CME activities from the following commercial interests: AbbVie Inc, Acerta Pharma — A member of the AstraZeneca Group, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Agendia Inc, Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Amgen Inc, Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc, Array BioPharma Inc, Astellas Pharma Global Development Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, bioTheranostics Inc, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Boston Biomedical Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clovis Oncology, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, Genmab, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Guardant Health, Halozyme Inc, ImmunoGen Inc, Incyte Corporation, Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Kite Pharma Inc, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Lilly, Loxo Oncology Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Company, Merck, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc, Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, Natera Inc, Novartis, Oncopeptides, Pfizer Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, Puma Biotechnology Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sandoz Inc, a Novartis Division, Sanofi Genzyme, Seattle Genetics, Sirtex Medical Ltd, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, Tesaro, Teva Oncology, Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc and Tolero Pharmaceuticals.

    RESEARCH TO PRACTICE CME PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, STAFF AND REVIEWERS — Planners, scientific staff and independent reviewers for Research To Practice have no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.

    This educational activity contains discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the Food and Drug Administration. Research To Practice does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications and warnings. The opinions expressed are those of the presenters and are not to be construed as those of the publisher or grantors.

    This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie Inc, Adaptive Biotechnologies, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Oncopeptides and Seattle Genetics.

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    Release date: July 2019
    Expiration date: July 2020

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Newly Diagnosed and Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MM) — Dr Raje and Dr Richardson

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Follicular Lymphoma — Dr Cheson and Dr LaCasce

Hodgkin and Other Lymphomas — Dr Abramson and Dr Smith

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