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Oncology Grand Rounds Series: Part 5 — Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Released July 2017

Video proceedings from the fifth in a series of 7 integrated symposia held at the 2017 ONS Annual Congress. Featuring perspectives from Ms Jenny Dahl, Dr Aaron T Gerds, Ms Emily A Knight, Dr Daniel A Pollyea and Ms Sarah K Swanson. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists involved in the treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).

    The Philadelphia chromosome-negative MPNs largely consist of 3 disease entities, all heralding from clonal disorders in which an initial molecular event in the hematopoietic stem cells results in an excessive production of blood cells. Essential thrombocythemia (ET), polycythemia vera (PV) and myelofibrosis (MF) are clinically distinguishable by laboratory and molecular parameters. However, they may represent a disease continuum on which transformation from the normally indolent ET or PV to the more aggressive MF results in a homogenous pathologic entity with a similarly poor prognosis and significant risk for the development of acute myeloid leukemia. MF is a debilitating disease for which the first therapy, the JAK1/2 inhibitor ruxolitinib, was FDA approved in 2011. Despite the significant benefits ruxolitinib has provided, the morbidity and mortality of this disease remain quite significant, and a number of important research efforts have been undertaken in an attempt to find more and better therapies. Thus, the collective attention of the MPN community has turned to ongoing research exploring the potential of other JAK inhibitors for MF, ET and PV, combination approaches and novel agents with unique mechanisms of action. Consequently, a variety of pertinent questions remain regarding the use of JAK inhibitors in these diseases and the optimal approach to management.

    Although medical oncologists have been routinely responsible for counseling patients with regard to therapeutic decision-making, oncology nurses 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 fifth part of a 7-part integrated CNE curriculum originally held at the 2017 ONS Annual Congress feature discussions with leading MPN 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.


    • Use an understanding of disease biology and natural history to communicate diagnosis and prognosis to patients with polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET) and myelofibrosis (MF).
    • Discuss the benefits and risks associated with local and systemic therapies used in the evidence-based treatment of PV, ET and MF.
    • Recognize the FDA approval of ruxolitinib for patients with PV, and provide related counseling to individuals who may be appropriate for therapeutic intervention with this agent.
    • Counsel patients with JAK2 mutation-positive and mutation-negative MF about the efficacy and safety of ruxolitinib treatment.
    • Appraise the role of ruxolitinib in patients with MF and thrombocytopenia, anemia or compromised renal function.
    • Develop a plan to manage the side effects associated with ruxolitinib to support quality of life and continuation of treatment.
    • Recall ongoing trials of investigational approaches in MF, PV and ET, and obtain consent and refer patients for study participation.

    Research To Practice is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    CNE credit is no longer available for this issue

    CNE credit is no longer available for this issue

    This is a video CNE program.
    CNE credit is no longer available for this issue

    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 CNE 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:

    Jenny Dahl, PA-C
    Physician Assistant
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Speakers Bureau: Pfizer Inc; Other Remunerated Activities: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

    Aaron T Gerds, MD, MS
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Advisory Committee: Incyte Corporation.

    Emily A Knight, APRN, MSN, NP, OCN
    Hematology Nurse Practitioner
    Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Speakers Bureau: Incyte Corporation.

    Daniel A Pollyea, MD, MS
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Hematology
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Clinical Director of Leukemia Services
    Aurora, Colorado

    Advisory Committee: Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Celgene Corporation, Curis Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Pfizer Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Servier, Takeda Oncology.

    Sarah K Swanson, APN-BC
    Nurse Practitioner
    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, Illinois

    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, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Agendia Inc, Agios Pharmaceuticals 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 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 grantor.

    This activity is supported by an educational grant from Incyte Corporation.

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    Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox 3.0 or later, Chrome, Safari 3.0 or later
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    Adobe Acrobat Reader
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    Last review date: July 2017
    Expiration date: July 2018

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

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