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ALK-Positive NSCLC: Emerging Strategies to Inform Sequencing, Optimize Outcomes, and Address Unmet Clinical Needs Along the Disease Continuum

ALK-Positive NSCLC: Emerging Strategies to Inform Sequencing, Optimize Outcomes, and Address Unmet Clinical Needs Along the Disease Continuum

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Dinner and registration: 6:30PM - 7:00PM

Sheraton Grand Hotel Chicago
Chicago Ballroom 6 & 7, Level 2

301 E North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611


The treatment landscape for anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been shaped by the emergence of targeted therapies that have demonstrated clinical efficacy. However, many perplexing challenges in the treatment of ALK-positive NSCLC remain, including the frequent development of treatment resistance and the emergence of brain metastases. Several methods exist to detect ALK fusions, but it can be difficult for busy clinicians to select and apply the best diagnostic assays along the disease continuum. Treatment-related toxicities and determining the appropriate sequencing of therapy together present another layer of complexity in the management of these patients.

To help clinicians with the management of these challenges, this case-based satellite symposium has been developed, featuring leading experts in NSCLC management. Multiple topics will be explored, including how to best manage treatment-naïve patients, treatment approaches for patients who have relapsed, and testing considerations along the disease spectrum. In addition to panel case discussions, there will be opportunities for the audience to present questions to the faculty.

Target Audience:

This educational program is directed toward all attendees of the Annual Meeting in Chicago, including oncologists interested in the treatment of lung cancer. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment and management of patients with lung cancer will be invited to participate. It will also be made available to patients with lung cancer as an educational reference material.


Learning Objectives:

After successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Assess approaches to address the problem of acquired resistance and relapse in ALK-positive patients with NSCLC
  2. Determine evolving methods to facilitate and apply testing strategies along the disease continuum in the management of ALK-positive NSCLC
  3. Apply clinical trial evidence to inform sequencing of therapies in patients with ALK-positive NSCLC and proactively address treatment-related toxicities
  4. Discuss methods to plan for and manage brain metastases in the care of patients with ALK-positive NSCLC

Program Chair

David R. Gandara, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Director, Thoracic Oncology Program
Senior Advisor to the Director
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sacramento, CA

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