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Program Detail

Release Date: October-19-11
Credit Expiration Date: October-19-12


Mark G. Kris, MD
Chief, Thoracic Oncology Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Division of Medical Oncology
University of Colorado
Aurora, CO

M. Blair Marshall, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Minesh P. Mehta, MD, FASTRO
Professor, Radiation Oncology
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Credit Hours

Estimated amount of time to complete: 1 hour


Virtual Tumor Board

Program Description

Lung cancer is the leading cause of worldwide cancer mortality and is responsible for more deaths annually in the U.S. than the combination of breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer. About 87% of lung cancer cases in the U.S. are classified as non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and most cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage resulting in poor overall survival for most patients. Advanced NSCLC is incurable, and thus the goal of therapy is not only to improve survival times, but also to assure the best quality of life possible. Recently, treatment for advanced NSCLC has expanded beyond using chemotherapy as the cornerstone of treatment to include a new generation of targeted therapies that disrupt the cellular pathways involved in tumor growth, progression, and cell death.

The use of molecularly targeted therapies represents a significant advancement in the NSCLC treatment. However, the emergence of novel drugs and new treatment approaches make treatment for advanced NSCLC increasingly challenging. For this reason, tumor boards are all the more critical when making treatment decisions in advanced NSCLC. The multidisciplinary approach resulting from tumor boards ensures that all patient factors and tumor characteristics are considered for optimal treatment strategies and patient outcomes. This activity utilizes a virtual tumor board to provide a thorough discussion of a NSCLC case from various provider perspectives in order to communicate the most important advances in NSCLC care.

Target Audience

Medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; pathologists; and other health care professionals interested or involved in the treatment of patients with NSCLC.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Develop tailored treatment plans spanning all treatment sub-specialties for patients with advanced NSCLC.
  2. Discuss how advances in the understanding of the molecular biology of advanced NSCLC influence treatment decisions.
  3. Describe recent advances in the use of predictive biomarkers in advanced NSCLC.
  4. Explore the role of emerging strategies for the treatment of NSCLC.


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Planning committee members have no financial relationships to disclose.

The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, Temple University School of Medicine, Temple University Health System or its affiliates. Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.

Dr. Kris discloses that he is a consultant to Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Chugai.
Dr. Hirsch discloses that he is a consultant to OSI/Genentech/Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, Celgene, ImClone/Lilly; and receives grant funding (via University of Colorado) from AstraZeneca, OSI, Syndax, ImClone, and Ventana.
Dr. Marshall discloses that she receives research funding from Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education-Stimulation Grant; and has submitted a patent application for a suture training device.
Dr. Mehta discloses that he a consultant to Schering, Merck, Genentech, TomoTherapy; is on a speakers' bureau for Schering; and holds stock in Pharmacyclics and TomoTherapy.

Credit Statements

Accreditation Statement: Temple University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

Certification Statement: Temple University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There is no fee to participate and receive credit.

Credit Provider Contact Information
Temple University
School of Medicine
The Albert J. Finestone, MD Office for CME
3500 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-707-4787
Fax: 215-707-8268

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported through an educational grant from
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

This activity is supported through an educational grant from
Genentech BioOncology.


Minimum System Requirements: • Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7 • Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers

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