Defining the Role of the Medical Oncologist in the Management of CSCC in the Age of Immunotherapy

Defining the Role of the Medical Oncologist in the Management of CSCC in the Age of Immunotherapy

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Online Course | Specialties: Oncology
Released: 1/29/2021
Expires: 1/28/2022
Max Credits: 0.75
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Lara Dunn, MD
Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Nikhil I. Khushalani, MD
Vice Chair and Senior Member, Department of Cutaneous Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL

Badri Modi, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Dermatology
Department of Surgery
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, CA

Activity Planners
Christie Avraamides, PhD
Clinical Content Manager
Baltimore, MD

Rebecca L. Julian, MS, ELS
Senior Manager, Editorial
Baltimore, MD

Samantha Gordon, MS
Accreditation Manager 
Baltimore, MD

Amy Sison
Director of CME
Baltimore, MD 

Edward Allan Racela Sison, MD
Missouri City, TX
Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the rationale for the development of immune checkpoint inhibitors in CSCC
  • Evaluate the efficacy, safety, mechanism of action, patient candidacy, and role of new and emerging immunotherapies in the treatment of advanced CSCC
  • Create collaborative care plans for advanced CSCC that consider recent therapeutic developments, current evidence, long-term monitoring strategies, and individual patient needs 

Target Audience
This activity is intended for medical oncologists. 
Statement of Need
Approximately 1 million individuals are affected by CSCC each year in the US, and although locoregional or distant metastatic disease occurs in only 1% to 5% of cases, mortality in these individuals is high. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration approved systemic therapies for use in metastatic or advanced, inoperable CSCC. With the emergence of these new immunotherapies in the treatment of advanced CSCC, medical oncologists will play a greater role in the management of this challenging condition. As such, oncologists must have a detailed knowledge of CSCC pathophysiology and molecular biology as a basis for understanding the utility of these new and emerging immunotherapies; be up-to-date on the continually evolving data surrounding the safety and efficacy of these agents; and understand how to integrate these agents into personalized management plans.  

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Medium/Method of Participation
This is a 0.75-credit CME activity. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, complete all of the modules, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.

Initial Release Date: 1/29/2021
Expiration Date: 1/28/2022
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 45 minutes

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Off-label/unapproved drug uses or products are mentioned within this activity

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The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.

Lara Dunn, MD
Consulting fees/advisory boards: Merck & Co., Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Contracted research: Cue Biopharma, Eisai Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Nikhil I. Khushalani, MD
Consulting fees/advisory boards: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Jounce Therapeutics, Merck & Co., Inc. 
Fees received for promotional/non-CME activities: Sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc.
Contracted research: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, HUYA Bioscience International, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Replimune
Ownership interest (stocks/stock options – excluding mutual funds): Amarin, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., TransEnterix
Other: AstraZeneca, Inctye Corporation

Badri Modi, MD
Consulting fees/advisory boards: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme 
Fees received for promotional/non-CME activities: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme 

Edward Allan Racela Sison, MD
Salary: Covance, Inc., LabCorp, Precision Medical Group 
Ownership interest (stocks/stock options – excluding mutual funds): LabCorp, Precision Medical Group, United HealthCare 
The peer reviewers and other activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
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Acknowledgment of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by educational grants from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi Genzyme.
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Here are the key takeaways from this activity. Deeper insights and evidence, plus an opportunity to receive credit, are available at the "Continue" button below.

  • CSCC has one of the highest mutational burdens of all cancers; this high mutational burden suggests that immunotherapy may be a useful treatment strategy
  • An analysis of published studies in 27 tumor types or subtypes demonstrated a significant correlation between tumor mutational burden and response to anti–PD-1/PD-L1 therapy
  • Patients with advanced CSCC should be managed by a multidisciplinary team
  • For patients with regional disease for whom radiation therapy is not feasible or regional recurrence or distant metastatic disease for whom curative surgery and curative radiation therapy are not feasible, guidelines recommend cemiplimab or pembrolizumab
  • After completion of treatment for advanced CSCC, concurrent follow-up by a dermatologist is recommended to monitor for the development of new tumors and provide education on decreasing the risk of future skin cancer

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