Improving Biomarker Driven Precision Therapy in NSCLC: Uncovering ALK in Clinical Practice: Physician, Pharmacist, and Patient Perspectives (2022)

Improving Biomarker Driven Precision Therapy in NSCLC:  Uncovering ALK in Clinical Practice: Physician, Pharmacist, and Patient Perspectives

May 10th, 2022  5:00-6:00pm ET

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The overall goal of this project is to help identify critical gaps in standard biomarker testing and help improve understanding of targeted based therapies for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Furthermore, this educational series would allow oncology team members to become more familiar with the targeted based approaches for less common mutations and make treatment decisions to promote better care for patients.

Biomarker based testing and precision medicine based approaches have become a standard to guide treatment decisions for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and are crucial even for early stage/resected patients. There are several barriers that prevent optimal testing for patients, but the discovery of novel molecular targets and subsequent development of targeted therapies make it critical to find ways to overcome these barriers. As treatment progresses, there is a potential to develop resistance mechanisms to commonly used targeted therapies; these new targets are identified by the integration of precision medicine.

 It is imperative for all members of the lung cancer treatment team (oncologists, pathologists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physicians’ assistants) and even patients to understand this data and recognize the complexity of managing these patients using a precision medicine based approach in both first line and subsequent line therapies.

This webinar will be a roundtable discussion with a pharmacist, oncologist, and patient to identify clinical pearls and best practices for ALK-rearranged NSCLC.  We will focus on:

  • Overcoming barriers and differences of biomarker testing

  • Reviewing ALK-rearrangements and first line therapy in mNSCLC

  • Perspective on re-biopsy at progression and subsequent treatment based on resistance

  • Management of adherence and toxicity for patients prescribed ALK-directed therapy

This program is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. 

Target Audience

The primary audience targeted with this educational series includes the lung cancer care team. This encompasses medical oncologists, pathologists, interventional radiologists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, and nurses involved with the care of patients with NSCLC.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify operational and clinical barriers that may interfere with optimal biomarker based testing and develop initiatives to offset these barriers
  • Describe first and subsequent line targeted treatment approaches for adult patients with metastatic ALK-mutated NSCLC
  • Discuss strategies to mitigate adverse effects of treatment to improve long-term survival and quality of life for patients with ALK-mutated NSCLC
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston University School of Medicine designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 1.25 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
    • 1.25 ANCC Pharmacology
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
05/10/2022
Course expires: 
05/10/2023

This session will take place virtually through Zoom on Tuesday, May 10th from 5:00-6:00pm EST.    

Register directly through Zoom here: https://bostonu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yLZEISCvQ1KBHrdqn7y5sw

 

 

 

 

Speakers

David Hughes, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager Hematology/Oncology
Boston Medical Center

Dr. Hughes is a board-certified oncology pharmacist working in the outpatient hematology/oncology clinic at Boston Medical Center. He has championed successful quality improvement projects in the clinic, known for his dedication, hard work and ingenuity when dealing with patients and providers. His project on anti-emetic protocols for all highly emetogenic chemotherapy helped to transform clinic operations and improve patient experience. He has authored publications on pharmacy quality initiatives. He has research experience with COVID-19, pharmacokinetic software platforms for vancomycin, and recently a wealth of clinical trials in both oncologic and hematologic malignancies. Furthermore, he was co-awarded a RFP through Pfizer for the optimal management of oral chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer with Dr. Naomi Ko. He has presented at local, regional, and national conferences and his expertise is sought out by many. Dr. Hughes will be the lead pharmacy specialist to help coordinate all patient access issues within specialty pharmacy realm to assure reduced time to initiation of therapy and successful clinical management.

Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

 

Jasmine Patel, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Hematology/Oncology
Boston Medical Center

Dr. Patel is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the outpatient hematology/oncology clinic at Boston Medical Center. In her first year at the institution, Jasmine co-led an initiative with our lead breast cancer oncologist (Dr. Naomi Ko, MD, MPH) to improve adherence and toxicity management of patients treated with oral chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. She was additionally awarded "Resident of the Year" for her dedication to her oncology patients and the pharmacy profession. Dr. Patel will support day-to-day pharmacy efforts by routinely calling and managing patients and assisting with PRO documentation within our EMR.

Speaker recieves grant funding from Pfizer Inc. for breast cancer research. 

 

Umit Tapan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Tapan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a practicing Thoracic Oncologist at Boston Medical Center. He currently co-leads BMC thoracic oncology program and is the site-PI for clinical trials in thoracic malignancies. As a productive clinical researcher Dr. Tapan has authored numerous publications. His previous research efforts focusing on the role of c-cbl in pathophysiology of colorectal cancer have been published in prestigious journals. Dr. Tapan has been interested in racial disparity in cancer care since early years of his career and he has previously shown that African American patients with colorectal cancer have significantly lower survival despite equal access to care. His current research interests are racial disparities in lung cancer care, access to targeted treatments and immune checkpoint inhibitors in vulnerable populations. Most recently looking at disparities in chemotherapy receipt in extensive stage small cell lung cancer. (https://www.jtocrr.org/article/S2666-3643(20)30155-7/fulltext)

Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Kirk Smith
Patient, Business Owner 
8.5 years living with Stage 4 ALK Positive lung cancer

Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

Dana F. Price, MS, CHCP
Grants and Development Manager
Continuing Medical Education Office Boston University School of Medicine

David Hughes, PharmD, BCOP
Course Director
Clinical Pharmacy Manager Hematology/Oncology
Boston Medical Center

Jasmine Patel, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Hematology/Oncology
Boston Medical Center

Umit Tapan, MD
CME Course Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Elizabeth Tiani, AGACNP
NCPD Course Advisor
Instructor of Medicine, Medical Oncology
BUSM/BMC

Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN
Accredited Provider Program Director
Continuing Medical Education Office Boston University School of Medicine

Planners have nothing relevant to disclose.

CME Program Manager:  Claire P. Grimble, CMP

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.25 of which 1.25 is eligible for pharmacology credit.


The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This is an application-based educational activity. Pharmacists will receive 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUS) for the educational activity. No partial credit is available.

UNIVERSAL ACTIVITY NUMBERS (UAN) 0060-9999-22-037-L01-P

ACPE

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston University School of Medicine designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 1.25 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
    • 1.25 ANCC Pharmacology
  • 1.00 Participation
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