Decoding the Nuances of Diagnosis and Emerging Therapeutic Options in HCC
Speakers: Amit Singal, Clinical Chief of Hepatology ProfessorGhassan Abou-Alfa, MD, MBA, Professor
Duration: 60 minutes
Presented on: March 29, 2023
Clinical Chief of Hepatology Professor
Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD, MBA
Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD, MBA
ProfessorGhassan Abou-Alfa, MD, is an attending physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and professor of medicine at Weill Medical School at Cornell University in New York City. He specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies and his research focuses on incorporating small biological molecules and checkpoint inhibitors into standard cancer therapies. Dr Abou-Alfa is the immediate previous chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Hepatobiliary Task Force, president for the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology (ISGIO), and a member of the NCI AIDS Malignancy Consortium Steering Committee. He strongly advocates for greater awareness of cancer’s global impact and continues to lead several international efforts with different institutions worldwide.
CME InformationDecoding the Nuances of Diagnosis and Emerging Therapeutic Options in HCCThis activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and PlatformQ Health Education, LLC, in collaboration with the American Liver Foundation (ALF).
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTThis activity is supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca and Eisai, Inc.
DATE OF RELEASE/EXPIRATIONThis activity was released on March 29, 2023 and is valid until March 29, 2024. Requests for credit must be made no later than March 29, 2024
TARGET AUDIENCEThe primary target audiences for the HCP activity are medical oncologists, GI oncologists, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, oncology nurses and nurse navigators, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other professionals involved in the care of patients with HCC.
STATEMENT OF NEED/PROGRAM OVERVIEWHepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a heterogeneous, difficult-to-treat cancer for which chemotherapy has only limited efficacy. In addition to early diagnosis, effective therapies are needed to improve outcomes in patients with HCC for whom surgical intervention is inadequate. New and emerging treatment strategies with immunotherapies and kinase inhibitors are providing clinicians with an expanded treatment arsenal with which to treat these patients.
Join Dr. Ghassan Abou-Alfa and Dr. Amit Singal to discuss the optimization of diagnostic and treatment strategies for patients with HCC. Panelists will explore the current standard of care, where newly approved options fit, as well as the latest clinical data on the efficacy and safety of new and emerging options. Experts will also share strategies to overcome the stigma faced by patients with HCC and barriers to care, and how to encourage patients to participate in treatment decision-making and access clinical trials for which they may be eligible.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVESAfter completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Apply guideline-based strategies to improve timely diagnosis, including adequate surveillance of patients at high risk of developing HCC
- Evaluate new and emerging approaches for adjuvant, locoregional, and first-line treatment for patients with HCC
- Review strategies to individualize treatment plans that include multidisciplinary and patient perspectives
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Name of Faculty or Presenter Reported Financial Relationship Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD, MBA
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Consulting Fee: Astra Zeneca, Autem, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eisai, Exelixis, Genentech/Roche, Helio, Incyte, Ipsen, Merck, Newbridge, Novartis, QED, Servier, Yiviva
Contracted Research: Arcus, AstraZeneca, BioNTech, BMS, Celgene, Genentech/Roche, Helsinn, Puma, QED, Yiviva
Amit Singal, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Hepatology
Medical Director, Liver Tumor Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Consulting Fee: FujiFilm Medical Sciences, Exact Sciences, Roche, Glycotest, GRAIL, Freenome, Universal Dx, Genentech, AstraZeneca, Eisai, Bayer, Exelixis, TARGET RWE.
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