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Cases from the Community: Investigators Discuss Emerging Research and Actual Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Faculty Presentations)
Released March 2021

Featuring slide presentations and related discussion from Drs Richard S Finn, Tim Greten, James J Harding, and Ahmed Omar Kaseb. (Video Program)

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    This activity is intended for medical oncologists, hematology-oncology fellows, surgeons and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.


    • Consider age, performance status, degree of liver function and other clinical factors in the selection of up-front and later-line therapy for patients with unresectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
    • Acknowledge available Phase III data with and the FDA approval of lenvatinib as first-line treatment for unresectable HCC, and discern how this agent can be optimally integrated into the clinical care of patients.
    • Evaluate Phase III data leading to the recent FDA approval of atezolizumab in combination with bevacizumab as first-line therapy for patients with newly diagnosed unresectable or metastatic HCC, and incorporate this novel regimen into current clinical management algorithms.
    • Establish personalized treatment plans for patients with HCC and compromised liver function that take into account individual therapeutic needs and toxicity considerations.
    • Develop an evidence-based approach to the selection and sequencing of available therapeutic options for patients with progressive HCC.
    • Maintain an understanding of the side effects and toxicities associated with targeted agents and immunotherapeutic approaches used in the management of advanced HCC, and intervene with early and effective responses to various adverse events.
    • Recall available and emerging data with investigational agents and strategies currently in clinical testing for HCC, and where applicable, refer eligible patients for trial participation.

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

    Richard S Finn, MD
    Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Director, Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program
    Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA
    Los Angeles, California

    Consulting Agreements: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, CStone Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Lilly, Merck, Pfizer Inc; Contracted Research: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eisai Inc, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Lilly, Merck, Pfizer Inc; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

    Tim Greten, MD
    Bethesda, Maryland

    No financial interests or affiliations to disclose.

    James J Harding, MD
    Assistant Attending
    Gastrointestinal Oncology Service
    Early Drug Development Service
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, New York

    Consulting Agreements: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, CytomX Therapeutics, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Imvax, Lilly, Merck; Contracted Research: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Merck.

    Ahmed Omar Kaseb, MD, CMQ
    Professor and Director, Hepatocellular Carcinoma Program
    Co-Director, MD Anderson HCC SPORE
    Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
    Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; Contracted Research: Adaptimmune, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Hengrui Therapeutics Inc.

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    This activity is supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and Merck.

    Release date: March 2021
    Expiration date: March 2022

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