This case-based program is designed to educate medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hem-oncs, and other allied health professionals on updates on new and emerging therapies for neuroendocrine tumors.
Neuroendocrine tumors are recognized as a very heterogeneous family of malignancies, originating from neuroendocrine cells throughout the endocrine systemscattered throughout the gastrointestinal tract as well as other organ systems. Most NETs are regarded as sporadic, although some occur as the result of inherited genetic syndromes. While many well-differentiated NETs are relatively indolent malignancies, some can behave aggressively. Treatment approaches vary across the different subtypes of neuroendocrine tumors as well as between individual patients, depending on multiple factors including symptoms (functional versus nonfunctional tumors), primary site, differentiation and grade, and rate of tumor growth. Surgery for primary and metastatic tumors is common, and there are a variety of systemic approaches that include somatostatin analogues (SSAs), interferon alpha, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies. The field of neuroendocrine tumors has been evolving with several new drug approvals in recent years, allowing for a more personalized approach.
Collectively, the incidence of NET diagnosis has been on the rise, possibly related, at least in part, to increased scans and endoscopies. Key gaps for clinicians involved in the treatment of patients with neuroendocrine tumors have been identified based on expert opinions, surveys of practicing oncologists, emerging data for novel treatment options, and ongoing clinical studies investigating novel treatment regimens. Practice needs include early detection of disease symptoms, appropriate staging and tumor grading techniques, and recognition of multidisciplinary approaches for treatment of metastatic disease.
Upon completion of this activity participants will be able to:
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Target Audience:Medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hem-oncs, and other allied health professionals.
Type of Activity:Medical knowledge
Release date:June 25, 2015
Expiration date:June 24, 2016
Estimated time to complete activity:1.5 hours
Jonathan Strosberg, MD
Section Head, Neuroendocrine Tumor Program
Chair, GI Research Committee
Chair, Scientific Review Committee
Moffitt Cancer Center
Renuka Iyer, MD
Section Chief, GI Medical Oncology
Co-Director, Liver and Pancreas Tumor Center
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Karen Chiu, MD
Hitt Medical Writing, LLC