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This activity is intended for medical oncologists, hematology-oncology fellows and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of lung cancer.

The development of new therapeutic strategies beyond cytotoxic chemotherapy has been the focus of extensive recent research and has led to an explosion in lung cancer genetic and biologic knowledge. The result has been the availability of several molecular-targeted therapies demonstrating some degree of activity in subsets of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and exhibiting tolerability profiles that are distinct from those of traditional chemotherapeutic agents. These novel agents inhibit specific cell growth pathways and prolong survival for patients with NSCLC in large, randomized clinical trials. Other agents developed to block multiple cellular pathways or multiple components of a single biologic pathway are still under active investigation. While the advent of these next-generation targeted treatments presents new promise of both efficacy and enhanced safety in the management of lung cancer, it also challenges practicing oncologists to appropriately select individuals who may benefit from these agents. In addition, clinical oncologists need to determine how to integrate such therapies into standard lung cancer treatment algorithms as they become available.

Although several consensus- and evidence-based treatment guidelines are available to assist clinicians in making lung cancer treatment decisions, many areas of controversy persist within academic and community settings. This CME program brings together leading clinical investigators and general oncologists to provide biological insights into the recent therapeutic advances in the management of lung cancer. By reviewing the available clinical trial data and relevant case scenarios, this initiative will provide insight into the gaps in medical knowledge and illuminate treatment ambiguities pertinent to lung cancer.


  • Develop an evidence-based strategy for the treatment of localized NSCLC, exploring the role of adjuvant systemic therapy.
  • Devise an evidence-based approach to the selection of induction and maintenance biologic therapy and/or chemotherapy for patients with advanced pan-wild-type NSCLC.
  • Employ an understanding of personalized medicine to individualize the use of available EGFR inhibitors in the treatment of NSCLC before and after disease progression on an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI).
  • Communicate the efficacy and safety of crizotinib and other emerging ALK inhibitors to appropriate patients with NSCLC, considering the predictive utility of ALK and ROS1 mutation testing.
  • Evaluate the emerging data from clinical trials of the third-generation EGFR TKIs, rociletinib and AZD9291, in EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC.
  • Describe emerging data on the efficacy and safety of tumor immunotherapy directed at the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway in lung cancer, and consider this information when counseling patients regarding clinical trial participation.
  • Recognize the results of recently completed Phase III trials examining the efficacy and safety of the novel monoclonal antibodies necitumumab and ramucirumab for patients with advanced NSCLC.

Research To Practice is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME credit is no longer available for this issue


CME credit is no longer available for this issue

This CME activity contains both audio and print components. The participant should review the CME information, listen to the audio MP3s and read the text portion. The text portion of this activity contains edited comments, clinical trial schemas, graphics and references that supplement the audio MP3s, as well as links to relevant full-text articles, abstracts, trial information and other web resources.

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 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:

David P Carbone, MD, PhD
Barbara J Bonner Chair in Lung Cancer Research
President-Elect, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Professor of Medicine
Director, James Thoracic Oncology Center
James Cancer Center
The Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio

Consulting Agreements: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eisai Inc, Genentech BioOncology, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc.

Mark G Kris, MD
William and Joy Ruane Chair in Thoracic Oncology
Attending Physician, Thoracic Oncology Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York

Advisory Committee: Daiichi Sankyo Inc; Consulting Agreements: Array BioPharma Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Clovis Oncology; Contracted Research: Pfizer Inc, Puma Biotechnology Inc; Other Remunerated Activities: Roche Laboratories Inc.

Corey J Langer, MD
Director of Thoracic Oncology
Abramson Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Vice Chair, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Advisory Committee: Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clarient Inc, Clovis Oncology, Genentech BioOncology, Lilly, Merck, Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc; Consulting Agreements: Abbott Laboratories, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Genentech BioOncology, Lilly, Merck, Roche Laboratories Inc, Takeda Oncology; Contracted Research: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Genentech BioOncology, GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly, Merck, Pfizer Inc, Takeda Oncology, Veridex LLC; Data Safety Monitoring Committee: Amgen Inc, Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Geoffrey R Oxnard, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Advisory Committee: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Clovis Oncology, Genentech BioOncology, Sanofi; Consulting Agreement: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Contracted Research: Pfizer Inc.

David R Spigel, MD
Program Director, Lung Cancer Research
Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Nashville, Tennessee

No financial interests or affiliations to disclose.

Anne S Tsao, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Mesothelioma Program
Director, Thoracic Chemo-Radiation Program
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
Houston, Texas

Advisory Committee: Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs Inc, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Genentech BioOncology, Lilly, MedImmune Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Roche Laboratories Inc, Takeda Oncology; Contracted Research: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune Inc, Merck.

MODERATOR — Dr 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, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, bioTheranostics 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, ImmunoGen Inc, Incyte Corporation, Janssen Biotech Inc, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Lilly, Medivation Inc, Merck, Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, NanoString Technologies, 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 Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Biodesix Inc, Clovis Oncology, Foundation Medicine, Genentech BioOncology, Lilly, 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 2015
Expiration date: August 2016