Recorded Presentation from the 2015 NCCN Oncology Case Manager and Medical Director Program™ - Overview of Less Common and Complex Cancers (Part II) – Head and Neck, Esophageal, and Colorectal Cancers

The 2015 NCCN Case Manager and Medical Director Program Live Webinar Series will consist of six webinars on the topics of melanoma, biomarkers, management of cancer in older patients with comorbidities, managing symptoms and reducing complications, and two sessions on less common and complex cancers. This educational series is designed to help case managers and medical directors that are interested in learning more about the current state of the art in oncology care manage patients with cancer based on evidence and according to the recommendations in the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®).

Target Audience

This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse case managers, nurses in other roles (i.e., quality management and utilization review), medical directors at managed care organizations, reinsurers, TPAs, and case management and disease management companies who interact with, counsel, and refer patients with cancer to appropriate sources of care and/or make coverage decisions. Programs may also be of interest to nurses, nurse navigators/care coordinators, and physicians who work directly with patients in clinical settings as well as clinical pharmacists in managed care organizations and other settings.

Learning Objectives

Following this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize available treatment plans for patients based on tumor biology, current guideline recommendations, and recent clinical evidence
  • Describe the clinical circumstances requiring patients to receive treatment by a multidisciplinary team with sub-specialty expertise
Additional information

This activity is supported by educational grants from: 

  • AstraZeneca
  • Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs, Inc. and Medivation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Celgene Corporation
  • Merck

Supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.45 ANCC contact hours
  • 1.50 CCM clock hours
  • 1.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

David R. Byrd, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Nikhil I. Khushalani, MD
Moffitt Cancer Center


Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships
All faculty and activity planners participating in NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME’s, ANCC’s, and ACPE’s Standards for Commercial Support. All faculty presentations have been reviewed for adherence to the ACCME’s Criterion 7: The provider develops activities/educational interventions independent of commercial interests (SCS 1, 2, and 6) by experts on the topics. Full disclosure of faculty relationships will be made prior to the activity.

The faculty listed below have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:

David R. Byrd, MD

The faculty listed below have disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:

Nikhil I. Khushalani, MD
Castle Biosciences: Consulting Fees/Scientific Advisor
AstraZeneca: Consulting Fees/Scientific Advisor
*BMS: Grant/Research Support
*Merck: Grant/Research Support
*Pfizer: Consulting Fees/Scientific Advisor
*Tracon: Consulting Fees/Scientific Advisor
*Threshold: Consulting Fees/Scientific Advisor
Allos/Spectrum: Consulting Fees/Scientific Advisor
Roche: Consulting Fees/Scientific Advisor

*Research funding received by institution

NCCN Staff Disclosures
The activity planning staff listed below has no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Ann Gianola, MA; Mark Geisler; Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN; Kristin Kline Hasson; Rose Joyce; Joan S. McClure, MS; Diane McPherson; Melanie Moletzsky; Deborah Moonan, RN, BSN; Liz Rieder; Shannon K. Ryan; Jennifer McCann Weckesser

The NCCN clinical information team listed below, who have reviewed content, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Deborah Freedman-Cass, PhD; Miranda Hughes, PhD; Hema Sundar, PhD

The ACCME/ANCC/ACPE defines “conflict of interest” as when an individual has an opportunity to affect CE content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CE activity. ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC have not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC defines “’relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation to the tasks and methods of delivery.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release date: January 14, 2016
Expiration date: January 14, 2017

National Comprehensive Cancer Network is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.45 contact hours. Accreditation as a provider refers to the recognition of educational activities only; accredited status does not imply endorsement by NCCN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed/displayed in conjunction with the educational activity.

Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN, is our lead nurse planner for this educational activity.

Release date: January 14, 2016
Expiration date: January 14, 2017

Case Managers
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 1.5 clock hours.

Activity Code: I00018805
Approval Number: 150004726

To claim these CEs, log into your CE Center account at

Release date: January 14, 2016
Expiration date: January 8, 2017


Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.45 ANCC contact hours
  • 1.50 CCM clock hours
  • 1.50 Participation


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Required Hardware/software

To complete this activity, users will need:

  • A device with an Internet connection and sound playback capability
  • Adobe Reader or other PDF reader software for certificate viewing/printing