Recent Therapeutic Breakthroughs in the Treatment and Management of Pancreatic Cancer: Expert Strategies for Improved Patient Outcomes

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2020 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, 2020 to August 1, 2021

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

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
AstraZeneca, Ispen Biopharmaceuticals, and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Pancreatic cancer arises when cells in the pancreas cells grow and divide out of control, ultimately forming a tumor. Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US and about 7% of all cancer deaths. Despite treatment advances, pancreatic cancer is associated with a relatively poor outcome for most patients and remains among the most challenging malignancies to treat, but ongoing clinical research is continually emerging with the potential to improve outcomes and patient care. Fortunately for patients with pancreatic cancer, several new treatment options, including PARP inhibitors, have become available in recent years or have recently undergone successful late stage clinical trials. They have shown the ability to improve safety and efficacy outcomes, especially in patients with a BRCA mutation. Recent studies have shown that PARP inhibitors have significantly delayed the progression of metastatic pancreatic cancer in patients with BRCA gene mutations. The complexities of today's more personalized care pose multiple challenges to effective clinical and economic management of pancreatic cancer.

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

  • Analyze recent clinical trial data on the efficacy and safety of new and emerging therapies, including PARP inhibitors, for patients with pancreatic cancer

  • Assess the role of emerging PARP inhibitors in the evolving pancreatic cancer treatment paradigm

  • Identify patients with pancreatic cancer who are candidates for experimental targeted therapy options

  • Examine the evolving impact of BRCA1/2 testing on patients with pancreatic cancer for patient-centric care

  • Explore the managed care considerations of emerging targeted therapy options by exploring where these potential agents may fit into the current pancreatic management paradigm

  • Review adverse events associated with emerging therapies in pancreatic cancer, and select appropriate strategies to help ensure patient treatment adherence and optimal quality of life


Faculty: Michael (Mike) J. Pishvaian, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Oncology
Director of the Gastrointestinal, Developmental Therapeutics, and Clinical Research Programs at the NCR Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Dr. Pishvaian serves on an advisory board to AstraZeneca, Foundation Medicine, and Merck. He serves as a consultant to Halozyme and Perthera. He has received grant/research support from Bavarian Nordice and MedImmune. He serves on the speaker's bureau for Sirtex and owns and self-manages stock in Perthera. 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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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 presentation is supported by educational grants from
AstraZeneca, Ispen Biopharmaceuticals, and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

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