Oncology Experts Headline CME Outfitters Webcast: "Individualizing Treatments for Thoracic Malignancies" Now Available Online

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CME Outfitters announces a new webcast based on a live presentation at an international lung cancer conference in August 2009. This certified CME activity provides an evidence-based review of best practices for diagnosis, treatment, and management of non-small cell lung cancer that can be integrated into clinical practice for improved patient outcomes.

CME Outfitters, LLC, (CMEO) an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), in co-sponsorship with The University of South Florida/USF Health, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an evidence-based webcast titled "Individualizing Treatments for Thoracic Malignancies."

This 1.5-hour, online CME/CNE/CPE activity is based on the live symposium of the same name that was delivered at an international lung cancer conference in August 2009.

The activity provides an evidence-based review of best practices for diagnosis, treatment, and management of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that can be integrated into clinical practice for improved patient outcomes.

There is no fee to participate or receive CE credit for this activity. Visit the activity details page at http://www.cmeoutfitters.com/PR385 for more information.

Statement of Need:
Almost 50% of patients diagnosed with NSCLC already have stage 4 disease, and in those with stage 4 disease, only 2% will be alive in one year. After basic diagnostic testing, each patient needs to be tested for genetic alterations such as EGFR, K-RAS, EML4-ALK, and BRAF. Targeting these specific alterations allows NSCLC to be treated as multiple disease entities that can be individually managed with specific agents. Novel agents targeting specific pathways associated with apoptosis, cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and other mechanisms have emerged as a separate and unique therapeutic class delivering promising results in a vast number of malignancies. Clinicians need to know the evidence for targeted therapies--how they may improve outcomes and possibly reduce overall side effect burden. Faculty in this interactive case-based symposium will translate the latest evidence on gene alterations and emerging management strategies to improve individualized treatments and optimize outcomes of patients with NSCLC.

Moderator:
Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Faculty:
Giuseppe Giaccone, MD, PhD
Chief of Medical Oncology Branch
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Institute behavioral changes to routinely screen patients for genetic alterations that result in improved diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Apply results of genetic testing to the development of targeted treatments for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Compare and contrast new and individualized treatments for non-small cell lung cancer.

Target Audience:
Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals involved in delivering care to patients diagnosed with lung cancer.

Commercial Support:
This activity is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CME Outfitters, LLC, has also provided financial support for this activity.

Credit Information:
This activity offers CE credit for:

  • Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1)
  • Nurses (CNE)
  • Pharmacists (ACPE)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.
Credit Expiration Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at cmeoutfitters.com/test (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required).

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

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Contact: Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
614.328.4508 direct
240.243.1033 fax

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