Evolving Concepts in Cancer Immunotherapy: Prospects for a Cure
In the last few decades, immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. Different types of immunotherapy include monoclonal antibodies, cancer vaccines, chimeric-antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy and immune-checkpoint inhibitors. This session will describe the various types of immunotherapy and outline their clinical applications. The underlying principles of tumor immunology and immunotherapy will be discussed, as well as the appropriate selection of patients and the therapeutic effectiveness of immunotherapy to ultimately improve patient outcomes.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Define immunotherapy and distinguish it from chemotherapy
- State key principles of tumor immunology and immunotherapy
- Analyze recent research and clinical applications of cytokines, cancer vaccines, T-cell-checkpoint inhibitors, adoptive immunotherapy, and biomarkers
- Recognize the importance of interdisciplinary management and improve communication with patients and colleagues about adherence to immunotherapeutic protocols and end points for therapy after achieving remission
Matthew A. Lunning, DO
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Dr Lunning has disclosed the following: Abbvie, Jazz pharmaceuticals, Seattle Genetics (Consultant); Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Juno Therapeutics, Pharmacyclics, TG Therapeutics (Advisory Board); Genentech (Other Financial or Material Support).
Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
C. Fred LeMaistre, MD
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Clear Rx
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
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Drs Abecassis, Kaufman, LeMaistre, Rydland and Silverstein have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships.
Ms Chart and Ms Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in cancer immunotherapy.
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "25th Annual National Conference" held in Minneapolis, MN on October 5–7, 2016.
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General - Case Managers