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Challenging Cases in Multiple Myeloma: Oncologist and Nurse Investigators Consult on Actual Patients from the Practices of the Invited Faculty
Released July 2013

Video excerpts from the last in a series of 6 integrated symposia held at the 2013 ONS Annual Congress. Featuring perspectives from Ms Elizabeth Bilotti, Dr Sagar Lonial, Ms Tiffany Richards and Dr A Keith Stewart. (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 multiple myeloma (MM).

    MM is a plasma cell neoplasm that accounts for approximately 10% of all hematologic cancers and carries with it the worst death/new cases ratio (3:4). Although selection of an appropriate induction regimen remains a key element of the initial management of symptomatic MM, supportive care is also a critical consideration at the time of diagnosis for all patients. The disease course for advanced myeloma is uniformly aggressive. However, the introduction of new agents with substantial activity has improved outcomes and allowed patients to experience longer periods of remission. The current challenge facing the oncology community is identification of those patients who may enjoy the greatest benefit from a specific regimen while incurring the least toxicity. As such, oncologists and nurses must be apprised of the unique risks and benefits accompanying each evidence-based treatment strategy and of the acceptable monitoring and supportive management techniques that enable early recognition of safety concerns and effective interventions to address side effects.

    These video proceedings from the last part of a 6-part integrated CNE curriculum originally held at the 2013 ONS Annual Congress feature discussions with leading MM 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 MM.


    • Compare and contrast the benefits and risks of evidence-based induction regimens employing novel biologic agents.
    • Recognize the side effects commonly attributable to available proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory drugs, and develop strategies to avert or mitigate these toxicities.
    • Counsel patients with MM about the risks and benefits of maintenance therapy in the post-transplant and nontransplant settings.
    • Appraise the role of patient- and disease-related factors in treatment decision-making.
    • Identify opportunities to enhance the collaborative role of oncology nurses in the comprehensive biopsychosocial care of patients with MM to improve clinical and quality-of-life outcomes.
    • Recall ongoing trials of investigational approaches and treatment strategies in MM, and 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.

    CME credit is no longer available for this issue


    CME credit is no longer available for this issue

    This CNE activity consists of a video component. The participant should watch the video.

    CME 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 potential conflicts of interest with faculty, planners and managers of CNE activities. Real or apparent 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 real or apparent conflicts of interest, which have been resolved through a conflict of interest resolution process:

    Elizabeth Bilotti, MSN, APRN, BC
    Nurse Practitioner
    Multiple Myeloma Division
    John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
    Hackensack, New Jersey

    Consulting Agreements and Speakers Bureau: Celgene Corporation, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    Sagar Lonial, MD
    Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
    Director of Translational Research
    B-Cell Malignancy Program
    Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Winship Cancer Institute
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Advisory Committee and Consulting Agreements: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Lilly USA LLC, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sanofi.

    Tiffany Richards, MS, ANP-BC, AOCNP
    Nurse Practitioner
    Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, Texas

    Consulting Agreements: Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    A Keith Stewart, MBChB
    Dean for Research, Mayo Clinic in Arizona
    Consultant, Division of Hematology/Oncology
    Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Professorship in Cancer Research
    Scottsdale, Arizona

    Advisory Committee: Amgen Inc, Celgene Corporation; Consulting Agreements: Celgene Corporation, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company; Contracted Research: Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    MODERATORDr 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, Algeta US, Allos Therapeutics, Amgen Inc, ArQule Inc, Astellas, Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Corporation, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Foundation Medicine Inc, Genentech BioOncology, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Incyte Corporation, Lilly USA LLC, Medivation Inc, Merck, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Mundipharma International Limited, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi, Seattle Genetics, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc and Teva Oncology.

    RESEARCH TO PRACTICE STAFF AND EXTERNAL REVIEWERS — The scientific staff and reviewers for Research To Practice have no real or apparent 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 Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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    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

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

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