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Exploring Clinical Investigator Perspectives on the Optimal Management of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (Audio Program for Medical and Hematologic Oncologists)
Released November 2020

Featuring perspectives from Dr Jennifer Woyach. (Audio Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

  • TARGET AUDIENCE
    This activity is intended for medical oncologists, hematologists-oncologists, hematology-oncology fellows and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

    OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITY
    The clinical course of CLL and outcomes for patients vary widely, largely according to individual predictive and other risk factors, and in recent years the identification of cytogenetic abnormalities and their subsequent incorporation into clinical staging systems have refined clinicians’ ability to determine prognosis. In addition, an improved understanding of the biology of CLL has led to the investigation of a number of novel agents and strategies. Some of these efforts have already resulted in the availability of new agents for use in the clinic. However, vexing questions and clinical challenges are emerging along with these many exciting advances.

    To bridge the gap between research and patient care, this program produced in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF Health) Office of Continuing Professional Development features a presentation by and an interview with a leading hematology-oncology investigator exploring relevant clinical research, published data sets and ongoing trials as well as a review of the results of a comprehensive survey consisting of case-based and practical management questions regarding the treatment of CLL. By providing information on the latest clinical developments in the context of expert perspectives, this activity assists medical oncologists, hematologists and hematology-oncology fellows with the formulation of evidence-based and current therapeutic strategies, which in turn facilitates optimal patient care.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Recall the prognostic significance and clinical implications of select biomarkers and chromosomal abnormalities that may be associated with a diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and use this information to develop evidence-based testing algorithms in general oncology practice.
    • Evaluate current clinical algorithms employed by hematologic clinical investigators for patients with newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory CLL.
    • Discuss available Phase III data demonstrating the superior efficacy and safety of Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibition compared to standard chemoimmunotherapy as first-line therapy for patients with CLL, and use this information to discern how this strategy can be optimally integrated into nonresearch treatment.
    • Recognize the FDA approval of venetoclax/obinutuzumab for CLL, and identify patients for whom this treatment strategy may be appropriate.
    • Compare and contrast the mechanisms of action, efficacy and safety of BTK inhibitors approved for the treatment of CLL to determine the current and/or potential utility of each in clinical practice.
    • Recognize the biologic rationale for, available research evidence with and ongoing clinical trials evaluating chemotherapy-free combinations for newly diagnosed and progressive CLL, and identify patients who may be candidates for these approaches outside or as part of ongoing research studies.

    CONTACT INFORMATION
    If you have questions regarding credit, please contact cpdsupport@usf.edu.

    ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
    USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Audio Program: USF Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Video Program: USF Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (ABIM) — MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC)
    Successful completion of these CME activities, which includes participation in the evaluation components, enables the participant to earn up to 2.25 (audio) and 2 (video) Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for each activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

    Please note, these programs have been specifically designed for the following ABIM specialties: medical oncology and hematology.

    For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through USF Health's ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

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    HOW TO USE THIS CME ACTIVITY
    Audio Program: This CME activity consists of an audio component. To receive credit, the participant should review the CME information, listen to the MP3s, review the downloadable slide sets, complete the Post-test with a score of 80% or better and fill out the Educational Assessment and Credit Form located at ResearchToPractice.com/CLLEnduring20/MedOncs/CME. The corresponding video program is available as an alternative at ResearchToPractice.com/CLLEnduring20/MedOncs/Video.

    Video Program: This CME activity consists of a video component. To receive credit, the participant should review the CME information, watch the video, complete the Post-test with a score of 80% or better and fill out the Educational Assessment and Credit Form located at ResearchToPractice.com/CLLEnduring20/MedOncs/Video/CME. The corresponding audio program is available as an alternative at ResearchToPractice.com/CLLEnduring20/MedOncs.

    CONTENT VALIDATION AND DISCLOSURES
    USF Health adheres to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health and Research To Practice that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation.

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

    Jennifer Woyach, MD
    Professor
    Section Head, CLL and Hairy Cell Leukemia
    Associate Division Director for Clinical Research
    Division of Hematology
    Department of Internal Medicine
    The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Columbus, Ohio

    Advisory Committee: AbbVie Inc, ArQule Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc; Consulting Agreement: AbbVie Inc, ArQule Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Janssen Biotech Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company; Contracted Research: AbbVie Inc, Loxo Oncology Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Company; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Gilead Sciences Inc.

    EDITOR — 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 Corporation, Agendia Inc, Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Amgen Inc, Array BioPharma Inc, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc, Astellas, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, bioTheranostics Inc, Blueprint Medicines, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clovis Oncology, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Epizyme Inc, Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Genmab, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, GlaxoSmithKline, Grail Inc, Guardant Health, Halozyme Inc, Helsinn Healthcare SA, ImmunoGen Inc, Incyte Corporation, Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Kite, A Gilead Company, 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, Seagen Inc, Sirtex Medical Ltd, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Oncology Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, Tesaro, A GSK Company, Teva Oncology, Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc and Verastem Inc.

    USF HEALTH CPD STAFF AND RESEARCH TO PRACTICE CME PLANNING COMMITTEE — Members, Staff, and Reviewers have no relevant conflicts 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, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and Janssen Biotech Inc, administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC.

    Release date: November 2020
    Expiration date: November 2021

    After completing the Post-test, learners may download and review the answers here in order to identify further areas of study.

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