Navigating an Increasingly Complex Treatment Paradigm in the Management of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2023 Spring Managed Care Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from June 1, 2023 to August 1, 2024

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

This activity is supported by educational grants from
AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Beigene, and Pharmacyclics LLC,
an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects older adults. CLL is the most common type of leukemia in adults. It affects B cell lymphocytes, which originate in the bone marrow, develop in the lymph nodes, and normally fight infection by producing antibodies. In 2022, it is expected that there were 20,160 new cases of CLL and about 4,410 deaths, which represents an increase in both numbers. Patients with CLL are often diagnosed when they are asymptomatic; therefore, knowing when to initiate treatment may pose a challenge to clinicians. Furthermore, patients with CLL have impaired immune systems and multiple comorbidities, which can complicate management and impact treatment decisions. Fortunately for patients with CLL, several new treatments, including BTK inhibitors, have recently become available giving clinicians many new options to improve patient outcomes with these new treatments and strategies. This activity focuses on these evolving treatments and strategies, outlines how to incorporate quality measures for the diagnosis and management of CLL, and describes how to apply evidence-based data to select appropriate treatment regimens and manage toxicities. With the availability of new treatments, it is critical that medical directors, oncologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals are updated on these emerging options, guidelines and strategies for implementing them into the treatment paradigm, which will ultimately improve patient outcomes.

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

  • Discuss the clinical and economic burden of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in terms of relative survival, mortality, drug utilization, adverse event management, and hospitalizations

  • Examine relevant prognostic factors in CLL and assess the importance of molecular testing to guide clinical decision making and treatment selection

  • Evaluate current evidence from pivotal clinical trials, head-to-head comparisons, and practice guidelines on BTK inhibitor efficacy, safety, and mechanistic/selectivity differences, including as single-agent approaches or as part of novel combinations with BCL-2 inhibitors

  • Identify patients with CLL for whom a BTK inhibitor is an appropriate choice in the management of their cancer

  • Differentiate the safety profiles for BTK inhibitors and their combinations as well as monitoring and management strategies to mitigate adverse effects

  • Analyze the cost drivers associated with CLL and the potential impact of novel combination therapies to improve patient outcomes and healthcare utilization


Faculty: Javier Pinilla Ibarz, MD, PhD
Senior Member, Head of the Lymphoma Section
Director of Immunotherapy
Malignant Hematology Department
Moffitt Cancer Center


(Relevant Financial Relationships with Ineligible Companies in the Last 24 Months):
Dr. Pinilla Ibarz has served as a consultant for AbbVie, AstraZeneca, BeiGene, BMS, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Takeda, and Sanofi. He has served as a speaker for AbbVie, AstraZeneca, BeiGene, Genentech, Janssen, Pfizer, and Takeda. His presentation has been reviewed for any bias.
Planning Committee: Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company in the last 24 months to disclose.

Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company in the last 24 months to disclose.

Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company in the last 24 months to disclose.

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Accreditation & Designation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) and American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN). The National Association of Managed Care Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Each
physician should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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

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

This activity is supported by educational grants from
AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Beigene, and Pharmacyclics LLC,
an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc.

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