Navigating Recent Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC): Expert Perspectives on Immunotherapy in an Evolving Treatment Paradigm

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive from the webinar held November 11, 2020

This activity is valid from February 1, 2021 to March 1, 2023

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

This activity is supported by an educational grant from
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) represents a heterogeneous group of tumors that originate in the lip/oral cavity, hypopharynx, oropharynx, nasopharynx, and larynx. An estimated 48,330 new cases are diagnosed annually in the US, and 9,570 people die of the disease. HNSCC historically has been associated with tobacco and alcohol use; however, during the past decade, infection with HPV has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a growing subset of HNSCCs. Despite advances and innovations in past years, the prognosis for metastatic disease remains poor. Fortunately for patients with metastatic HNSCC, new immunotherapeutic options, which have shown improved efficacy and safety, have recently become available to give clinicians and managed care professionals more options when managing a population of metastatic HNSCC patients.

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

  • Examine recent clinical data on immunotherapies in the first-line treatment of metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC)

  • Integrate immune checkpoint inhibitors into the management of patients with recurrent/metastatic HNSCC

  • Identify metastatic HNSCC patients who would potentially benefit from the use of checkpoint inhibitors

  • Analyze strategies to optimally sequence immunotherapy regimens in metastatic HNSCC

  • Explore strategies to mitigate immune-related adverse events in patients with HNSCC receiving immunotherapy or multimodal combinations with immunotherapy components


Faculty: Ezra Cohen, MD, FRCPSC, FASCO
Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine
UC San Diego Health
Co-director, San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy
Co-director, Head and Neck Cancer Center of Excellence
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center


Dr. Cohen serves as a consultant for ALX Oncology, Ascendis, Bayer, Bioline Rx, BMS, Debio, Dynavax, MSD, Merck, Regeneron, and Sanofi. His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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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 an educational grant from
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

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