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Visiting Professors: Selection and Sequencing of Systemic Therapy in the Management of Follicular Lymphoma
Released September 2019

Featuring perspectives from Dr John P Leonard. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This activity is intended for medical oncologists and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of follicular lymphoma (FL).

    FL is an indolent yet incurable form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that can vary significantly in its clinical presentation. To date, no single standard approach to initial management has been established, and a wide range of approaches are available for treating clinicians to weigh and consider. Longstanding debate also exists regarding the contributions associated with various maintenance strategies. Furthermore, in the setting of relapsed/refractory disease, management becomes more difficult as durability and duration of response to therapy tend to diminish over time. However, a number of data sets and several FDA actions have recently ushered in an era in which additional evidence-based options must now be considered. Together, this spate of newly approved agents and promising approaches in clinical development seem poised to disrupt the management of FL, contributing to a great need for educational resources specific to the treatment of this commonly encountered disease.

    This video presentation by Dr John P Leonard uses a review of recent relevant publications and presentations, ongoing clinical trials and clinical investigator treatment preferences to assist medical oncologists and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of FL with the formulation of up-to-date clinical management strategies.


    • Compare and contrast the self-reported practice patterns of lymphoma clinical investigators, and apply this knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of FL.
    • Evaluate published research data and clinical investigator perspectives when designing an optimal induction therapeutic approach for patients with newly diagnosed FL requiring active therapy.
    • Describe the mechanism of action of and available data with the Type II CD20-targeted antibody obinutuzumab, and consider the current clinical role of this agent for newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory FL.
    • Appreciate available Phase III data with the use of rituximab/lenalidomide as front- or later-line treatment for FL, and optimally incorporate this novel therapeutic approach into current management algorithms.
    • Individualize the use of maintenance therapeutic approaches in the management of newly diagnosed FL.
    • Consider published research data and other clinical factors in the best-practice selection, sequencing or combining of available therapeutic agents in the nonresearch care of patients with relapsed/refractory FL.
    • Distinguish among the unique mechanisms of action, methods of administration and potential toxicities of available PI3K inhibitors to optimally integrate these agents into the care of patients with relapsed/refractory FL.
    • Develop practical strategies to prevent, recognize and ameliorate the toxicities associated with therapies routinely used in the management of FL.

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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:

    Presenting Faculty Member

    John P Leonard, MD
    Richard T Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Associate Dean for Clinical Research
    Weill Cornell Medical College
    New York, New York

    Consulting Agreements: ADC Therapeutics SA, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc, Juno Therapeutics, Karyopharm Therapeutics, MEI Pharma, Novartis, Pfizer Inc, Sutro Biopharma Inc, United Therapeutics.

    Project Steering Committee Members

    Bruce D Cheson, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Deputy Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology
    Head of Hematology
    Georgetown University Hospital
    Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Washington, DC

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc; Contracted Research: AbbVie Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, Seattle Genetics.

    Andrew M Evens, DO, MSc
    Associate Director for Clinical Services
    Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
    Medical Director, Oncology Service Line
    RWJBarnabas Health
    Director, Lymphoma Program, Division of Blood Disorders
    Professor of Medicine
    Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    New Brunswick, New Jersey

    Advisory Committee: Novartis; Consulting Agreements: Merck, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Novartis, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    Christopher R Flowers, MD, MS
    Director, Lymphoma Program
    Professor of Hematology and Oncology
    Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation
    Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Winship Cancer Institute
    Health Science Research Building
    Emory University
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Denovo Biopharma, Gilead Sciences Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Karyopharm Therapeutics, OptumRx Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc; Contracted Research: AbbVie Inc, Acerta Pharma — A member of the AstraZeneca Group, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Celgene Corporation, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, National Cancer Institute, Roche Laboratories Inc, Takeda Oncology, TG Therapeutics Inc, The V Foundation for Cancer Research; Uncompensated Consulting: Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Roche Laboratories Inc.

    Nathan H Fowler, MD
    Co-Director of Clinical and Translational Research
    Lead, Phase I and Indolent Research Groups
    Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Advisory Committee: AbbVie Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Celgene Corporation, Gilead Sciences Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc, TG Therapeutics Inc; Contracted Research: AbbVie Inc, Celgene Corporation, Janssen Biotech Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc, TG Therapeutics Inc.

    Ann S LaCasce, MD, MMSc
    Program Director, Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Institute Physician
    Lymphoma Program
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Advisory Committee: Humanigen Inc; Consulting Agreement: Seattle Genetics; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Institutional Research Funding: Celgene Corporation, Forty Seven Inc, Seattle Genetics.

    Julie M Vose, MD, MBA
    Neumann M and Mildred E Harris Professor
    Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
    Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, Nebraska

    Consulting Agreements: Acerta Pharma — A member of the AstraZeneca Group, Amgen Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Incyte Corporation, Kite Pharma Inc, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp, Novartis, Seattle Genetics Inc; Contracted Research: AbbVie Inc, Epizyme Inc, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Legend Biotech, Nordic Nanovector, Novartis, Roche Laboratories Inc, Sandoz Inc, a Novartis Division, Vaniam Group.

    Andrew D Zelenetz, MD, PhD
    Medical Director, Medical Informatics
    Department of Medicine
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, New York

    Advisory Committee: AbbVie Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc, Lymphoma Research Foundation; Consulting Agreements: Adaptive Biotechnologies, Amgen Inc, Celgene Corporation, Genentech, Gilead Sciences Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Novartis, Roche Laboratories Inc; Contracted Research: BeiGene, Gilead Sciences Inc, MEI Pharma, Roche Laboratories Inc; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: BeiGene.

    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, Agendia Inc, Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Amgen Inc, Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc, Array BioPharma Inc, Astellas Pharma Global Development Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, bioTheranostics Inc, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Boston Biomedical Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clovis Oncology, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, Genmab, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Guardant Health, 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, 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, Seattle Genetics, Sirtex Medical Ltd, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, Tesaro, A GSK Company, Teva Oncology, Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc and Tolero Pharmaceuticals.

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    This activity is supported by educational grants from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Celgene Corporation, Genentech and Gilead Sciences Inc.

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    Release date: September 2019
    Expiration date: September 2020

    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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