Improving Patient Adherence and Quality of Life in Advanced CSCC: Anticipating and Managing Adverse Events

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

The Promise of Immunotherapy in the Management of Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (CSCC): What Managed Care Needs to Know is a 3-part live webinar series that will provide attendees with the latest information in the management of CSCC

This is Part 2 of the series focusing on anticipating and managing adverse events

This activity is an archive from the webinar held May 17, 2019

This activity is valid from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2021


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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Cutaneous squamous-cell carcinoma (CSCC) is the second-most common cancer of the skin, usually occurring in areas exposed to the sun. Sunlight exposure and immunosuppression are the main risk factors for CSCC, with chronic sun exposure being the strongest environmental risk factor. Approximately 2.2 million people have CSCC at any given time and it makes up around 20% of all skin cancer cases. While prognosis is usually good, if distant spread occurs five-year survival is approximately 34%. In 2016, it resulted in about 51,900 deaths globally. Current treatment response rates in patients with CSCC are suboptimal, with a minority of patients experiencing complete or partial response with present pharmacologic treatment options. Moreover, surgeries to remove tumors can be disfiguring, and elderly patients often are not candidates for chemotherapeutic agents because they cannot tolerate the toxicities.
Fortunately, novel immunotherapies including PD-1 inhibitors, have shown improved safety and efficacy for patients with metastatic disease. These treatments have recently become available and are providing clinicians alternative options to improve both outcomes and quality of life in patients with advanced CSCC.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Examine challenges to patient adherence and quality of life in the use of immunotherapies in CSCC

  • Identify strategies for anticipating, recognizing, and managing adverse events of immunotherapy in patients with CSCC

  • Discuss methods to communicate effectively with CSCC patients and the multidisciplinary team to understand and address the needs of each patient around immunotherapy and improve treatment adherence and quality of life

  • Explore recent clinical trial data around adverse events associated with recently approved and emerging immunotherapies and their effect on patient quality of life

  • Review how treatment strategies can be affected by adverse events based on patient's individualized needs

Faculty: Nikhil I. Khushalani, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Cutaneous Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center


Dr. Khushalani has provided contractual research for his institution for BMS, Merck, Amgen, GSK, HUYA, Regeneron, and Novartis. He served on an advisory board for HUYA, BMS, EMD Serono, Genentech, Regeneron, Merck, and Immunocore. He is a self-managed stockholder of TransEnterix, Mazor Robotics, Bellicum, and Amarin. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Will Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Accreditation & Designation
The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing
nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hour toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by an educational grant from
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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