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The Neurosurgeon's Evolving Role in the Management of Malignant Gliomas
Release Date: June-18-07
Credit Expiration Date: June-30-08
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This educational activity is designed to meet the needs of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and other physicians interested in the treatment of primary gliomas.
Credit Hours
Physician CME: 0.75
Medium
Podcast (MP3 & PDF)
Program Description
CREDIT FOR THIS ACTIVITY IS AVAILABLE FOR PHYSICIANS ONLY.

After a patient is diagnosed with a primary glioma, his or her next appointment is often with a neurosurgeon. Being in the first line of response for a malignant brain tumor makes the neurosurgeon a prominent figure in treatment. However the neurosurgeonís role in managing these patients does not end when the excision is completed. The surgeon is an ongoing part of a multidisciplinary management team that also includes medical oncologists, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, primary care physicians, and other healthcare providers. This podcast features a dialogue between three leading neurosurgeons regarding current treatment approaches, the role of biomarkers, the importance of translational and clinical research, and the future of glioma treatment.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
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Describe the rationale for a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of primary gliomas.

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Explain the concept and theory behind currently available surgical adjuncts, including locally delivered chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and biological agents.
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Discuss the role of biomarkers in predicting biological progression of malignant gliomas and potential response to therapeutic intervention.
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Review the expanding role of the neurosurgeon in developing clinical translational studies and encouraging their enrollment.
faculty
Matthew G. Ewend, MD
Associate Professor & Chief
Division of Neurosurgery
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Durham, North Carolina

Timothy C. Ryken, MD
Associate Professor
Departments of Neurosurgery & Radiation Oncology
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Michael A. Vogelbaum, MD, PhD
Associate Director, Brain Tumor & Neuro-Oncology Center
Associate Director, Neurosurgical Oncology
Director, Center for Translational Therapeutics
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio


faculty
It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity.

Dr. Ewend discloses advisory board participation for MGI Pharma, Inc.

Dr. Ryken discloses product consultation and advisory committee service for Medtronic, Inc. He is also on the speakersí bureau for MGI Pharma, Inc., and Schering-Plough Corporation.

Dr. Vogelbaum discloses product consultation and speakersí bureau participation for Schering-Plough Corporation.

This educational activity may contain discussion of investigational uses of pharmaceutical agents or surgical devices. Some of these agents/devices may not have been approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Credit Statements
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of AKH Inc. and Medical Communications Media, Incorporated. AKH Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Commercial Support Statements
Supported through an educational grant from Schering-Plough.
Instructions
This program consists of a Podcast/MP3 audio file and a printable PDF of the post-test that can be submitted for credit and/or used to assist learning. You may play the audio online or download the file to an MP3 audio player, such as an iPod. You will also need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the PDF post-test and evaluation.
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None of the contents may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. The opinions expressed in the audio recording are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, AKH Inc., or Schering-Plough. Any medications, diagnostic procedures, or treatments discussed by the program presenters should not be used by clinicians or other healthcare professionals without first evaluating their patientsí conditions, considering possible contraindications or risks, reviewing any applicable manufacturerís product information, and comparing any therapeutic approach with the recommendations of other authorities.
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