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Program Detail

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


Jyoti D. Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Program Chair:
David S. Ettinger, MD, FACP, FCCP (Course Chair)
Alex Grass Professor of Oncology
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland

Credit Hours

Estimated amount of time to complete: 60 minutes


Online Presentation

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. Oncologists can improve the prognosis of patients with advanced NSCLC by learning how to incorporate the latest evidence-based recommendations regarding molecularly targeted therapies and emerging clinical evidence into individualized treatment plans that target the underlying heterogeneous molecular pathways of tumor progression.

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Target Audience

This educational activity is designed to meet the needs of oncologist, pathologists, radiologist, and other healthcare professionals involved or interested in the treatment of patients with lung cancer.

There are no prerequisites to participate in this program.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Integrate biomarker and histology testing to identify appropriate initial therapy for patients with NSCLC.
  2. Assess the rationale and limitations of molecularly targeted therapies in first-line treatment of NSCLC.
  3. Assess the rationale and limitations of maintenance treatment of NSCLC.
  4. Tailor treatment regimens for patients presenting with NSCLC based on assessment of the molecular pathways that underlie each individual patient’s tumor.


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Faculty Presenter: Jyoti Patel has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planner Disclosure: David Ettinger: Consultant: Biodesix, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene, Eli Lilly & Co., Genentech/Roche, Merck & Co., Inc.

No other planners have indicated that they have any financial interests or relationships with a commercial entity.

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This activity references unlabelled/ unapproved uses of: Erlotinib, combination therapies: cetuximab + cisplatin/vinorelbine; erlotinib + bevacizumab.

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Credit Statements

Accreditation Statement: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To receive your CME credit certificate,complete the post-test and evaluation, and document the amount of time you spent in the activity. Participants receiving a grade of 70% or higher will receive a CME certificate.

There is no fee to participate in this program.

Commercial Support Statements

This continuing medical education activity is made possible by 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. Or, Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers

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