Benjamin Levy, MD - Candid Conversations About NSCLC—Live From Chicago: Navigating Immunotherapies and Combinations in the Search for the Best Strategy for Each Patient


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Go online to to view the activity, download slides and practice aids, and complete the post-test to earn credit. Non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the tumor types where the novel class of cancer immunotherapies—the immune checkpoint inhibitors—has had the biggest impact and certainly become a major component of the treatment arsenal in the advanced disease setting. While the approval and availability of an increasing number and variety of immunotherapeutic agents and combinatorial options has been welcomed by clinicians and patients alike, clinical decision-making has also become quite complicated. How to identify the right candidates for immunotherapy? What biomarkers should be tested to guide candidate selection? And which agent or combination to use for individual patients? All these questions and more are explored in this engaging and entertaining educational session based on a live symposium held adjunct to the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (ASCO 2019). Modeled after the format of a late-night talk show, this activity merges focused talks on defined topics with personal story-telling, candid interviews, and interactive debates/discussions among top experts. Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to: Evaluate the efficacy/safety profiles and clinical roles of approved and investigational immunotherapies and combinations in the frontline setting and beyond in advanced/metastatic NSCLC, Assess the role of predictive biomarkers (PD-L1, TMB) and other tumor-, patient-, and treatment-related factors that should be taken into consideration as part of individualized treatment planning and selection for patients with NSCLC, Describe key new research directions and clinical trials with immunotherapies aiming to refine, expand, and maximize their use throughout the lung cancer continuum, including novel immune targets or combinations and biomarkers in advanced settings, as well as potentially curative approaches in earlier stages of NSCLC, Implement individualized, evidence-based, patient-centric treatment plans involving immunotherapies and/or combinations for patients with NSCLC.

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