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Dissecting the Decision: Investigators Discuss Current Management, Emerging Treatment Strategies and Novel Approaches in Gynecologic Cancers
Released June 2017

Proceedings from an independent satellite symposium during the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 2017 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Featuring perspectives from Drs Michael Birrer, Bradley J Monk and Angeles Alvarez Secord. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

  • TARGET AUDIENCE
    This activity is intended for gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, gynecologists and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of gynecologic cancers.

    OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITY
    Gynecologic cancers are comprised of 5 primary cancers affecting the ovaries, uterine corpus (endometrial cancer), uterine cervix (cervical cancer), vulva and vagina. In 2017, it is anticipated that approximately 107,470 new cases of gynecologic cancer will be documented in the United States and 31,600 individuals will succumb to these diseases. As with many other tumors, patient outcomes are critically dependent upon effective multidisciplinary care, which in this case often includes contributions from gynecologic, medical and radiation oncologists as well as pathologists, diagnostic radiologists, oncology nurses and psychosocial services. In addition to the disease- and treatment-related morbidity and mortality associated with gynecologic cancers, pain, fatigue, lymphedema, depression/anxiety, infertility/childbearing and sexual dysfunction are commonly occurring issues that must also be addressed in the care of these patients. Of interest, despite many commonalities, each of these diseases is in fact quite distinct, and management algorithms employed for each are consequently varied.

    These video proceedings from a CME symposium held during the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 2017 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer feature discussions with leading researchers with an expertise in gynecologic oncology regarding actual patient cases and related clinical research findings. By providing information on the latest research developments and their potential application to routine practice, this activity is designed to assist gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, gynecologists and other healthcare providers with the formulation of up-to-date clinical management strategies for various gynecologic cancers.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Develop individualized management strategies for optimally debulked Stage II to III ovarian cancer (OC), including the use of intraperitoneal versus intravenous chemotherapy.
    • Evaluate current and emerging treatment options, and use this information to appropriately select and sequence systemic therapeutic approaches for patients with primary and recurrent OC.
    • Describe the rationale for targeting angiogenic pathways in gynecologic cancers, and consider the role of the anti-VEGF antibody bevacizumab in the initial and long-term treatment of advanced OC, cervical cancer (CC) and endometrial cancer (EC).
    • Implement a long-term clinical plan for the management of metastatic CC and EC, incorporating existing, recently approved and investigational targeted treatments.
    • Recognize the mechanisms of action, emerging efficacy data and toxicity profiles of investigational agents in gynecologic cancers to effectively prioritize clinical trial opportunities for appropriate patients.

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

    CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
    Research To Practice designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (ABIM) — MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC)
    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 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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    HOW TO USE THIS CME ACTIVITY
    This CME activity consists of a video component. To receive credit, the participant should 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/GynOnc17/EmergingStrategies/CME.

    CONTENT VALIDATION AND DISCLOSURES
    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:

    Michael Birrer, MD, PhD
    Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, Alabama

    Advisory Committee: Roche Laboratories Inc.

    Bradley J Monk, MD
    Professor and Director
    Division of Gynecologic Oncology
    Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Arizona Cancer Center — Phoenix
    Creighton University School of Medicine at Dignity Health
    St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Consulting Agreements: Advaxis Inc, Amgen Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Clovis Oncology, Genentech BioOncology, Gradalis Inc, INSYS Therapeutics Inc, Mateon Therapeutics, Merck, Pfizer Inc, PPD, Precision Oncology, Roche Laboratories Inc, Tesaro Inc; Contracted Research: Amgen Inc, Array BioPharma Inc, Genentech BioOncology, Lilly, Janssen Biotech Inc, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Morphotek Inc, Tesaro Inc; Speakers Bureau: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Genentech BioOncology, Janssen Biotech Inc, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Roche Laboratories Inc.

    Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, MHSc
    Professor
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Division of Gynecologic Oncology
    Duke Cancer Institute
    Durham, North Carolina

    Advisory Committee: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Genentech BioOncology, Janssen Biotech Inc, Tesaro Inc; Contracted Research: AbbVie Inc, Amgen Inc, Astellas Pharma Global Development Inc, Astex Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eisai Inc, Endocyte Inc, Exelixis Inc, Genentech BioOncology, GlaxoSmithKline, Incyte Corporation, Merck, Morphotek Inc, Tesaro Inc. 

    MODERATOR — 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 may contain 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 provider or grantors.

    This activity is supported by educational grants from Genentech BioOncology and ImmunoGen Inc.

    Hardware/Software Requirements:
    A high-speed Internet connection
    A monitor set to 1280 x 1024 pixels or more
    Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox 3.0 or later, Chrome, Safari 3.0 or later
    Adobe Flash Player 10.2 plug-in or later
    Adobe Acrobat Reader
    (Optional) Sound card and speakers for audio

    Last review date: June 2017
    Expiration date: June 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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