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Visiting Professors: Investigator Perspectives on the Management of Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Released December 2019

Featuring one-on-one discussion with Dr Seth Pollack on the strategies employed by a panel of leading clinical investigators in a number of challenging clinical situations in the management of localized and metastatic soft tissue sarcoma. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This activity is intended for medical oncologists and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas (STS).

    Accounting for less than 1% of all cancers, STS are a heterogeneous collection of diseases representing more than 50 different subtypes that can arise in a variety of anatomic locations. Given their relative rarity, histologic diversity and nonspecific symptoms, the accurate diagnosis of STS can represent a substantial challenge to even seasoned practitioners, and selection of a treatment regimen must be based on several factors, including histology, disease biology and patient preference. The current clinical management of STS is multidisciplinary and includes surgery, radiation therapy chemotherapy and targeted treatments. Many areas of controversy persist within the academic and community settings despite guidelines and consensus statements that aim to assist in making management decisions. To provide clinicians with therapeutic strategies to address the disparate needs of patients with STS, this program features one-on-one discussion with a leading STS investigator on key challenges and controversies in the management of STS.


    • Recognize the histologic diversity of adult STS, and appreciate the importance of appropriate assessment and accurate diagnosis to facilitate optimal treatment and long-term outcomes for patients.
    • Assess the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the diagnosis and management of STS, and use this information to guide therapeutic decision-making or tertiary care referrals.
    • Evaluate available clinical trial evidence to discern the role of neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapy in the clinical management of STS.
    • Consider age, histology, extent of disease and other clinical and biologic factors to guide the selection and sequencing of therapy for patients with metastatic undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma and leiomyosarcoma.
    • Appraise the potential role of local therapy approaches for oligometastatic STS.
    • Recall new data with investigational agents and strategies demonstrating promising activity in STS.

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    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/GrandRoundsSTS19/CME.

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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/Program Co-Chair

    Seth M Pollack, MD
    Associate Member
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Clinical Research Division
    Associate Professor
    University of Washington
    Division of Oncology
    Seattle, Washington

    Consulting Agreements: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Blueprint Medicines, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Lilly, PureTech Health, Seattle Genetics, Tempus; Contracted Research: EMD Serono Inc, Immune Design, Incyte Corporation, Janssen Biotech Inc, Juno Therapeutics, a Celgene Company, Merck, Omeros Corporation, Presage Biosciences; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: GlaxoSmithKline.

    Program Co-Chair

    Brian A Van Tine, MD, PhD
    Medical Oncology
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Sarcoma Program Director
    Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Washington University in St Louis
    St Louis, Missouri

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: Adaptimmune, CytRx Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Epizyme, Immune Design, Janssen Biotech Inc, Lilly, Pfizer Inc; Contracted Research: Merck, Pfizer Inc, TRACON Pharmaceuticals Inc; Speakers Bureau: Adaptimmune, Caris Life Sciences, Janssen Biotech Inc, Lilly; Other Remunerated Activities: Merck, Pfizer Inc, TRACON Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    Project Steering Committee Members

    Mark Agulnik, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Chicago, Illinois

    Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Lilly; Speakers Bureau: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Sanofi Genzyme.

    Kristen Ganjoo, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Director, Stanford Sarcoma Program
    Stanford Cancer Institute
    Stanford, California

    No relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.

    Suzanne George, MD
    Director, Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Advisory Committee: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Blueprint Medicines, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Exelixis Inc, Lilly; Consulting Agreements: Blueprint Medicines, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals; Contracted Research: Blueprint Medicines, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Pfizer Inc; Expert Testimony: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals; Ownership Interest: Abbott Laboratories, Allergan.

    Shreyaskumar Patel, MD
    Robert R Herring Distinguished Professor of Medicine
    Center Medical Director, Sarcoma Center
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Consulting Agreements: Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Epizyme, Immune Design; Contracted Research: Blueprint Medicines.

    Richard F Riedel, MD
    Associate Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
    Associate Director, Duke Sarcoma Program
    Member, Duke Cancer Institute
    Duke University Health System
    Durham, North Carolina

    Advisory Committee: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Blueprint Medicines, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Lilly, Loxo Oncology Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Company; Consulting Agreement: Lilly; Contracted Research: Aadi Bioscience Inc, Arog Pharmaceuticals Inc, Ignyta Inc, Immune Design, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Lilly, NanoCarrier Co Ltd, Novartis, Oncternal Therapeutics, Plexxikon Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc, SpringWorks Therapeutics, Threshold Pharmaceuticals, TRACON Pharmaceuticals Inc; Ownership Interest (Spouse): Limbguard LLC.

    Victor M Villalobos, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Director, Sarcoma Medical Oncology
    Director, Molecular Oncology Therapeutics Team
    University of Colorado Denver
    Denver, Colorado

    Advisory Committee: AbbVie Inc, Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Blueprint Medicines, Janssen Biotech Inc, Lilly, NanoCarrier Co Ltd, Novartis, SpringWorks Therapeutics.

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    This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly.

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    Release date: December 2019
    Expiration date: December 2020

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