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Hematologic oncology and related blood disorders are some of the most rapidly evolving fields in all of medicine. Results presented at major conferences from a plethora of ongoing clinical trials lead to the continual emergence of new therapeutic agents and changes in the indications for existing treatments. In order to offer optimal patient care, the practicing hematologist-oncologist must be well informed of these advances. To bridge the gap between research and patient care, this issue of Cancer Conference Update uses one-on-one discussions with hematologic oncology clinical investigators to provide perspectives on the integration of key data sets presented at the 2014 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting into the practical management of various hematologic cancers and related blood disorders.


  • Apply emerging clinical research data to the rational selection of treatment for patients with hematologic cancers.
  • Appraise recent clinical trial data investigating the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors for patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Develop an understanding of emerging efficacy and side-effect data with novel agents and combination regimens under evaluation for indolent and aggressive B- and T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
  • Appreciate the recent FDA approvals of ibrutinib, idelalisib and obinutuzumab, and discern how these agents can be appropriately integrated into clinical practice for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other B-cell lymphomas.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and risks of approved first- and second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors as therapeutic options for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia.
  • Recognize the potential role of novel agents and regimens in the management of newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • Evaluate recent clinical findings with the JAK2 inhibitor ruxolitinib for patients with myelofibrosis, polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia in order to inform patients about protocol and nonprotocol options.
  • Integrate recent clinical research findings with proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory agents into the development of individualized treatment approaches for patients with multiple myeloma.

CME credit is no longer available for this issue


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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 CME 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: Dr MoskowitzAdvisory Committee: Genentech BioOncology, Seattle Genetics; Contracted Research: Genentech BioOncology, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Seattle Genetics. Dr FriedbergAdvisory Committee and Other Uncompensated Activities: Genentech BioOncology. Dr AnsellResearch Funding: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celldex Therapeutics. Dr SekeresAdvisory Committee: Amgen Inc, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Celgene Corporation. Dr LandgrenContracted Research: Celgene Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary. Dr CortesConsulting Agreements: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech BioOncology, Lilly, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Sanofi; Contracted Research: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Sanofi.

EDITORDr 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, Amgen Inc, Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Boston Biomedical Pharma Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clovis Oncology, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Corporation, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech BioOncology, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Incyte Corporation, Janssen Biotech Inc, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Lilly, Medivation Inc, Merck, Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Novocure, Onyx
Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary, Pharmacyclics Inc, 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 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 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Genentech BioOncology, Incyte Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary and Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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Last review date: April 2015
Expiration date: April 2016