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Breakfast with the Investigators: Management of Melanoma
Released August 2018

Proceedings from a CME symposium held at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting. Featuring perspectives from Dr Michael A Postow, Prof Caroline Robert and Dr Jeffrey Weber. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

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

    Until recently, treatments for advanced melanoma had been relatively limited in their overall effectiveness. However, unprecedented strides have been made in defining molecular mechanisms of critical importance to melanoma development, progression and metastasis, and these have in turn led to a number of therapeutic advances that have completely redefined treatment algorithms and outcomes for patients. In addition, similar to the drug development paradigm employed by investigators working in other solid tumors, melanoma researchers have attempted to leverage the aforementioned advances for patients with more localized presentations of the disease. This relatively sudden availability of a host of new therapies and a number of other emerging strategies that may soon join them has created a multitude of uncertainties and important clinical questions.

    These video proceedings from a CME symposium held during the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting feature discussions with leading researchers with an expertise in melanoma 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, hematology-oncology fellows and other healthcare providers with the formulation of up-to-date clinical management strategies.


    • Identify patients after surgical removal of primary melanoma for whom adjuvant therapy should be considered, and counsel these individuals regarding the risks and potential benefits of existing and recently approved systemic approaches.
    • Consider age, performance status and other disease-related factors to guide the selection of first- and later-line therapy for patients with metastatic BRAF wild-type melanoma.
    • Use available clinical trial evidence to safely and effectively incorporate targeted and immunotherapeutic approaches into the management of metastatic BRAF mutation-positive advanced melanoma.
    • Recall current investigational efforts to identify biomarkers of response to immune checkpoint inhibition, and consider how these may be applied in future clinical practice.
    • Recognize adverse events associated with immune checkpoint inhibitors, targeted therapies and other systemic treatments for melanoma, and offer supportive management strategies to minimize and/or manage side effects.
    • Recall new data with investigational agents and strategies demonstrating promising activity in melanoma, and discuss ongoing trial opportunities with eligible patients.

    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:

    Michael A Postow, MD
    Medical Oncologist
    Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics Service
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, New York

    Advisory Committee: Array BioPharma Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Incyte Corporation, Merck, NewLink Genetics Corporation, Novartis; Consulting Agreements: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck.

    Prof Caroline Robert, MD, PhD
    Chief, Dermato-Oncology
    Co-Director, Melanoma Team INSERM
    Gustave-Roussy Institute
    Paris, France

    Advisory Committee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Incyte Corporation, Merck, Novartis, Roche Laboratories Inc.

    Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD
    Deputy Director
    Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center
    Professor of Medicine
    NYU Langone Medical Center
    New York, New York

    Advisory Committee: Amgen Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis; Ownership Interest: Altor Bioscience Corp, CytomX Therapeutics; Patents: Biodesix Inc, Moffitt Cancer Center.

    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, Baxalta Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, bioTheranostics Inc, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Boston Biomedical Pharma Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clovis Oncology, CTI BioPharma Corp, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, 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, Medivation Inc, a Pfizer Company, Merck, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc, Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, NanoString Technologies, Natera Inc, Novartis, Novocure, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary, Pfizer Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, Puma Biotechnology Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sanofi Genzyme, Seattle Genetics, Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sirtex Medical Ltd, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, Tesaro Inc, Teva Oncology and Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    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 Array BioPharma Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck and Novartis.

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    Release date: August 2018
    Expiration date: August 2019

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