Patient-Focused Treatment Decisions in the Management of Ovarian Cancer: Managed Care Considerations in the Evolving Role of PARPi

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2022 Fall 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 March 1, 2023 to March 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
AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

There will be an estimated 21,410 new cases of ovarian cancer this year in the United States, and an estimated 13,770 deaths due to ovarian cancer in the US, according to the American Cancer Society. Ovarian cancer is usually found late, stage 3 or higher, where it has already spread or metastasized to other parts of the abdomen, or worse. This is due in large part to a lack of symptoms during the earlier stages. The five year survival rate is only 45%. Fortunately for patients with ovarian cancer, the treatment paradigm has exploded in the past three years, giving medical directors and clinicians more options in managing patients with ovarian cancer. Leading the way in new options for ovarian cancer are poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, which have shown improved efficacy for patients with ovarian cancer. Additionally, new indications for these targeted agents offer expanded options in the maintenance setting in varying lines of therapy. It is important for medical directors, oncologists, and nurses who manage ovarian cancer patient populations to have a solid understanding of the mechanistic rationale for the use of these medications in order to optimize their therapeutic application.

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

  • Examine the clinical and economic burden of ovarian cancer in terms of relative survival, mortality, drug utilization, adverse event management, and hospitalizations

  • Review the DNA damage response (DDR) pathway and its role in tumorigenesis of ovarian cancers and outline the various mutations that cause defects in this pathway

  • Incorporate germline and somatic genetic, genomic, and other biomarker testing that is necessary to inform treatment decision-making in ovarian cancer

  • Analyze current and emerging clinical data regarding the safety and efficacy of PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer in a variety of settings, including maintenance

  • Compare and contrast adverse events associated with PARP inhibitors in the management of ovarian cancer in order to maximize tolerability and adherence to therapeutic regimens

  • Assess methods to enable optimal cost management of PARP inhibitors to be realized by multiple ovarian cancer stakeholders including managed care organizations


Faculty: Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP
Associate Professor of Medicine HMS
Clinical Director Medical Gynecologic Oncology


(Relevant Financial Relationships with Ineligible Companies in the Last 24 Months):
Dr. Penson has served on an advisory board for AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, ImmunoGen, Merck, Mersana, Novacure, Roche, Sutro Biopharma, and Vascular Biogenics. 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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NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Each
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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
AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

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