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Oncology Grand Rounds Series: Part 3 — Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Released August 2016

Video excerpts from the first in a series of 8 integrated symposia held at the 2017 ONS Annual Congress. Featuring perspectives from Dr Sarah B Goldberg, Dr John V Heymach, Ms. Amanda E Magnoli and Wendi J Stone. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists involved in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

    Lung cancer is a devastating disease with broad-reaching impact on public health, as it accounts for 14% of all new cancer cases in the United States and the most cancer-related deaths among both men and women. The number of available cytotoxic chemotherapies exhibiting activity in lung cancer has increased substantially over the past several years, and consequently, clinician knowledge of the specific risk-benefit profiles of the many acceptable systemic regimens is of the utmost importance in making informed and individualized patient care decisions. Development of new therapeutic strategies beyond cytotoxic chemotherapy has been the focus of extensive research and has led to an explosion in lung cancer genetic and biologic knowledge, resulting in the availability of several molecular-targeted therapies demonstrating some degree of activity in subsets of NSCLC with unique tolerability profiles that are distinct from those of traditional chemotherapeutics. In addition to the significant strides made in understanding and targeting specific mutations responsible for the pathogenesis of lung cancer, recent insights into how to harness the body’s own immune system are now being applied to the management of this lethal disease.

    The advent of these treatment options presents new promise of both efficacy and enhanced safety for patients but also challenges practicing oncologists and their support staff to appropriately select individuals who may benefit from these agents and to determine how to integrate such therapies, as they become available, into standard lung cancer treatment algorithms. This is particularly true of oncology nurses, who play an integral role in the successful delivery of systemic anticancer therapy and the preservation of patient physical and psychosocial well-being. These video proceedings from the third part of an 8-part integrated CNE curriculum originally held at the 2016 ONS Annual Congress feature discussions with leading oncology investigators and their nursing counterparts regarding actual patient cases and recent clinical research findings affecting the optimal therapeutic and supportive care for each patient scenario.

    By providing information on the latest research developments in the context of expert perspectives, this CNE activity will assist oncology nurses, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists with the formulation of state-of-the-art clinical management strategies to facilitate optimal care of patients with NSCLC.


    • Communicate the clinical relevance of gene mutations and tumor histology to patients with NSCLC.
    • Discuss the benefits and risks associated with systemic treatments used in the evidence-based management of metastatic NSCLC, including chemotherapeutic agents, targeted biologic therapies and novel immunotherapies.
    • Use biomarkers, clinical characteristics and tumor histology to select individualized front-line and subsequent treatment approaches for patients with metastatic NSCLC.
    • Recognize the recent FDA approvals of ramucirumab, nivolumab and pembrolizumab for patients with progressive metastatic NSCLC, and discern how these agents can be safely administered to appropriate patients with squamous and nonsquamous disease.
    • Educate patients about the potential side effects associated with commonly employed therapies, and provide preventive and emergent strategies to reduce or ameliorate these toxicities.


    CNE credit is no longer available for this issue


    CNE credit is no longer available for this issue

    The program content has been reviewed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) and is acceptable for recertification points.

    CNE credit is no longer available for this issue

    This is a video CNE program.

    CNE credit is no longer available for this issue

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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:

    Sarah B Goldberg, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Medical Oncology
    Yale Cancer Center
    New Haven, Connecticut

    Advisory Committee: Clovis Oncology; Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    John V Heymach, MD, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Exelixis Inc, Genentech BioOncology, GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp; Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline.

    Amanda E Magnoli, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP
    New England Cancer Specialists
    Scarborough, Maine

    No relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.

    Wendi J Stone, MSN, RN, NP-C
    Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    No relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.

    MODERATOR — Dr Love is president and CEO of Research To Practice, which receives funds in the form of educational grants to develop CME/CNE activities from the following commercial interests: AbbVie Inc, Acerta Pharma, Agendia Inc, Amgen 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, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech BioOncology, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, ImmunoGen Inc, Incyte Corporation, Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Lilly, Medivation Inc, Merck, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc, Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, NanoString Technologies, Natera Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Novocure, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi, Seattle Genetics, Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sirtex Medical Ltd, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, Teva Oncology, Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc and VisionGate 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 Astellas Pharma Global Development Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Celgene Corporation, Genentech BioOncology, Merck and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

    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: August 2016
    Expiration date: August 2017

    There is no implied or real endorsement of any product by RTP or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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