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Dissecting the Decision: Investigators Discuss the Available Data and Clinical Factors That Shape the Management of Gastrointestinal Cancers
Released July 2017

Featuring interviews with Drs Johanna C Bendell and Bert H O’Neil. (Audio Content)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common and potentially lethal type of cancer, and its clinical management is continuously evolving. Although “non-CRC” gastrointestinal (GI) tumors are less frequently encountered individually, the cancer-related deaths in these subcategories surpass those attributed to CRC. Recently published randomized, controlled studies have led to the emergence of novel biomarkers and new therapeutic targets and regimens, thereby altering existing management algorithms. A number of pivotal data sets illustrating the benefits of several novel agents indicate that additional therapeutic options may soon be available that will warrant consideration. In order to offer optimal patient care — including the option of clinical trial participation — the practicing medical oncologist must be well informed of these advances. This CME program uses one-on-one interviews with 2 leading GI clinical investigators who served as faculty at a recent satellite symposium to discuss cases and questions submitted by attendees. This program will assist practicing clinicians in formulating up-to-date and appropriate clinical management strategies.


    • Appraise recent data on therapeutic advances and changing practice standards in colorectal, gastric, pancreatic and hepatocellular cancer, and integrate this information, as appropriate, into current clinical care.
    • Develop a long-term care plan for individuals with metastatic CRC considering biomarker profile, exposure to prior systemic therapy, symptomatology, performance status and personal goals for treatment.
    • Use HER2 status, clinical factors and patient perspectives to optimize the selection and sequence of systemic therapy for patients with locally advanced or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal cancer.
    • Consider age, performance status and other clinical and logistical factors in the selection of systemic therapy for patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer.
    • Communicate the benefits and risks of existing and emerging systemic interventions to patients with locally advanced or metastatic hepatocellular cancer.
    • Appraise the rationale for and clinical data with anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies for patients with GI cancers.
    • Describe the proposed mechanisms of action of and recall new data with investigational agents demonstrating promising activity in GI cancers, and use this information to counsel appropriate patients regarding participation in ongoing clinical trials.

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

    Research To Practice designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.5 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 the 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, this program has been specifically designed for the following ABIM specialty: medical oncology.

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    This CME activity consists of an audio component. To receive credit, the participant should review the CME information, listen to the audio tracks, complete the Post-test with a score of 80% or better and fill out the Educational Assessment and Credit Form at ResearchToPractice.com/DissectingTheDecision17/CME.

    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: Dr BendellContracted Research: Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie Inc, Apexigen, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Five Prime Therapeutics Inc, Forty Seven Inc, Genentech BioOncology, Gilead Sciences Inc, GlaxoSmithKline, Incyte Corporation, Kolltan Pharmaceuticals Inc, Leap Therapeutics Inc, Lilly, MacroGenics Inc, MedImmune Inc, Merck, Novartis, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary, Pfizer Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc, Sanofi Genzyme, Stemcentrx, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, TG Therapeutics Inc. Dr O’NeilAdvisory Committee: Amgen Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Genentech BioOncology; Speakers Bureau: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.

    EDITOR Dr Love is president and CEO of Research To Practice, which receives funds in the form of educational grants to develop CME activities from the following commercial interests: AbbVie Inc, Acerta Pharma, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Agendia 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 BioOncology, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Halozyme Inc, ImmunoGen Inc, Incyte Corporation, Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, 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, 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 STAFF AND EXTERNAL REVIEWERS The scientific staff and 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 Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Boston Biomedical Pharma Inc, Celgene Corporation, Genentech BioOncology, Halozyme Inc, Lilly, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc and Taiho Oncology Inc. 

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    Release date: July 2017
    Expiration date: July 2018

    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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