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Exploring the Current and Changing Paradigm for the Management of Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Large B‑Cell Lymphoma (Faculty Presentations)
Released February 2022

Featuring slide presentations and related discussion from Dr Christopher Flowers, Dr Neha Mehta-Shah and Professor Grzegorz Nowakowski. Published February 23, 2022. (Faculty Presentations)

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    This program is intended for medical oncologists, hematologists, hematology-oncology fellows and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.


    • Apply available research findings and consider various clinical and biologic factors in the formation of evidence-based therapeutic approaches for patients with newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). 
    • Appreciate the scientific rationale for targeting CD79b in patients with DLBCL, and review published clinical research guiding the use of polatuzumab vedotin in disease treatment. 
    • Appraise emerging Phase III clinical trial data documenting the benefit of polatuzumab vedotin as a component of first-line therapy for patients with previously untreated DLBCL, and consider the implications of these findings for current clinical management algorithms. 
    • Compare and contrast the side effects associated with available and emerging first-line therapeutic strategies for patients with DLBCL, and formulate supportive care strategies to minimize and manage these toxicities. 
    • Recall ongoing clinical research evaluating novel treatment approaches for newly diagnosed DLBCL, and counsel appropriate patients regarding the potential benefits of trial participation. 

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

    Christopher R Flowers, MD, MS
    Chair, Professor
    Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, BeiGene Ltd, Celgene Corporation, Denovo Biopharma, Epizyme Inc, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Genmab, Gilead Sciences Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Seagen Inc, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc; Contracted Research: 4D Pharma PLC, AbbVie Inc, Acerta Pharma — A member of the AstraZeneca Group, Adaptimmune, Allogene Therapeutics, Amgen Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research), Celgene Corporation, Cellectis, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, EMD Serono Inc, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Gilead Sciences Inc, Guardant Health, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Janssen Biotech Inc, Kite, A Gilead Company, MorphoSys, National Cancer Institute, Nektar, Novartis, Pfizer Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Sanofi Genzyme, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc, TG Therapeutics Inc, Xencor, ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Denovo Biopharma.

    Neha Mehta-Shah, MD, MSCI
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine
    Washington University School of Medicine
    St Louis, Missouri

    Consulting Agreements: C4 Therapeutics, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Kyowa Kirin Co Ltd, Ono Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, Secura Bio; Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Innate Pharma, Secura Bio, Verastem Inc.

    Grzegorz Nowakowski, MD
    Professor of Oncology and Medicine
    Vice Chair, Lymphoma Disease Group
    Chair for Education
    Division of Hematology
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, Minnesota

    Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Incyte Corporation, Kite, A Gilead Company, MorphoSys, Roche Laboratories Inc, Seagen Inc; Contracted Research: Incyte Corporation, MorphoSys, Roche Laboratories Inc, Seagen Inc.

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    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.

    These activities are supported by an educational grant Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.

    Release date: February 2022
    Expiration date: February 2023

    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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