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Year in Review: Clinical Investigators Provide Perspectives on the Most Relevant New Publications, Data Sets and Advances in Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (Faculty Presentations)
Released February 2021

Featuring slide presentations and related discussion from Drs Mikkael A Sekeres and Richard M Stone. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

  • TARGET AUDIENCE
    This program is intended for medical oncologists, hematologists, hematology-oncology fellows and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Analyze how age, performance status and other biologic and disease-related factors affect the selection and sequencing of therapy for patients with various presentations of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
    • Evaluate the FDA approval of venetoclax in combination with a hypomethylating agent or low-dose cytarabine for patients with newly diagnosed AML not eligible for intensive therapy, and discern how these regimens can be optimally integrated into nonresearch care algorithms.
    • Assess the FDA-approved indications for CPX-351 for patients with newly diagnosed therapy-related AML or AML with myelodysplasia-related changes, and discern how this agent can be safely and optimally integrated into nonresearch care algorithms.
    • Review Phase III data documenting the efficacy of CC-486 as maintenance therapy for patients with newly diagnosed AML who attained first complete response or complete response with incomplete blood count recovery with induction chemotherapy, and consider how this novel strategy may affect future clinical decision-making.
    • Reflect on available research evidence with approved and emerging FLT3 inhibitors, and use this information to guide clinical care and protocol opportunities for appropriate patients with newly diagnosed or progressive AML harboring a FLT3 mutation.
    • Develop an understanding of the mechanisms of action of, published data with and current clinical role for available IDH1/2 inhibitors for patients with newly diagnosed or relapsed/refractory AML and an IDH1 or 2 mutation.
    • Formulate a treatment algorithm for lower- and higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), considering patient- and disease-related factors, including cytogenetic abnormalities.
    • Recognize the recent FDA approval of the combination of decitabine and cedazuridine for intermediate- and high-risk MDS, and identify patients for whom treatment with this novel approach may be appropriate.
    • Describe the biologic rationale for and mechanism of action of luspatercept in the treatment of anemia secondary to MDS, and appraise how this agent can be appropriately integrated into clinical practice.

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    CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
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    AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (ABIM) — MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC)
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    HOW TO USE THIS CME ACTIVITY
    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/YIRAML21/Presentations/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:

    Mikkael A Sekeres, MD, MS
    Chief, Division of Hematology
    Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
    University of Miami
    Miami, Florida

    Advisory Committee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Takeda Oncology.

    Richard M Stone, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Chief of Staff
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: AbbVie Inc, Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc, Aprea Therapeutics, BerGenBio ASA, ElevateBio, Foghorn Therapeutics, GEMoaB, GlaxoSmithKline, Innate Pharma, Syndax Pharmaceuticals Inc, Syros Pharmaceuticals Inc, Takeda Oncology; Contracted Research: Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Novartis; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: ACI Clinical, Syntrix Pharmaceuticals, Takeda Oncology.

    MODERATOR — 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 Corporation, Agendia Inc, Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Amgen Inc, Array BioPharma Inc, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc, Astellas, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, bioTheranostics Inc, Blueprint Medicines, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clovis Oncology, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Epizyme Inc, Exact Sciences Inc, Exelixis Inc, Five Prime Therapeutics Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Genmab, Gilead Sciences Inc, GlaxoSmithKline, Grail Inc, Guardant Health, Halozyme Inc, Helsinn Healthcare SA, ImmunoGen Inc, Incyte Corporation, Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Kite, A Gilead Company, 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, Novocure Inc, Oncopeptides, Pfizer Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, Puma Biotechnology Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sandoz Inc, a Novartis Division, Sanofi Genzyme, Seagen Inc, Sirtex Medical Ltd, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Oncology Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, Tesaro, A GSK Company, Teva Oncology, Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc and Verastem Inc.

    RESEARCH TO PRACTICE CME PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, STAFF AND REVIEWERS — Planners, scientific staff and independent 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, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Gilead Sciences Inc, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc and Taiho Oncology Inc.

    Release date: February 2021
    Expiration date: February 2022

    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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