Supportive Care in Head and Neck Cancers: Multidisciplinary Management

The initial evaluation and development of a plan for treating the patient with head and neck (H&N) cancer requires a multidisciplinary team of health care providers with expertise in caring for these patients. Further, managing and preventing sequelae after surgery, radiation therapy, and systemic therapy requires professionals familiar with H&N cancer. The specific site of disease, stage, and pathologic findings guide treatment of head and neck cancers (e.g., the appropriate surgical procedure, radiation targets, dose and fractionation of radiation, indications for systemic therapy).

Target Audience

The program is designed to meet the needs and improve the competence and performance of the interprofessional oncology care team, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other relevant health care professionals who manage the care of patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives

Following this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize health-related quality of life issues that impact patients with head and neck cancer.
  • Identify strategies for optimal nutrition management in patients with head and neck cancer.
  • Describe the risk of dental complications following radiation therapy treatment to the head and neck and strategies to prevent and address complications, including use of advanced radiation therapy techniques. 
Additional information
Supporters: 

This activity is supported by educational grants from:

  • Abbott's molecular business
  • Adaptive Biotechnologies
  • AstraZeneca
  • BeiGene, Ltd.
  • Blueprint Medicines
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Deciphera Pharmaceuticals
  • Eisai
  • Exact Sciences
  • Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
  • Gilead Sciences
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • GRAIL, Inc.
  • Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.
  • Lilly
  • Olympus Corporation of the Americas
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer
  • Puma Biotechnology
  • Seagen Inc. formerly Seattle Genetics
  • Taiho Oncology, Inc.
  • TeSera Therapeutics

This activity is supported by independent medical education grants from: 

  • Bristol Myers Squibb 
  • Illumina, Inc. 
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Sanofi Genzyme

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from:

  • AbbVie
  • Astellas
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Incyte
  • Merck & Co., Inc.

This activity is supported by educational funding provided by Amgen.

This educational activity is supported by a medical education grant from Exelixis, Inc. & Karyopharm® Therapeutics.

This project has been made possible in part by a grant from Varian Medical Systems/Global Medical Education Grant Program.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
  • 1.25 ACPE contact hours
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 ANCC contact hours
  • 1.25 Participation
Course opens: 
05/20/2021
Course expires: 
03/01/2022
Cost:
$0.00

Jimmy J. Caudell, MD, PhD
Moffitt Cancer Center

David G. Pfister, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Randal S. Weber, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

NCCN Continuing Education Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of NCCN that every 12 months, all faculty, moderators, activity planners and all internal planning staff participating in NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose any financial relationships with a commercial interest. In addition, all faculty presentations have been reviewed to ensure education is fair and balanced and that clinical content presented supports safe, effective patient care.  Individuals who do not disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from involvement in the CE activity as a content developer, planner, or presenter. 

Definitions  

NCCN continuing education considers financial relationships to create a conflict of interest when an individual has both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect continuing education content about the products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

NCCN continuing education considers relevant financial relationships as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. NCCN does 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. 

Faculty Disclaimers

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

Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling.

Faculty Disclosures

The faculty listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships: 

Randal S. Weber, MD

The faculty listed below discloses the following relevant financial relationships: 

Jimmy J. Caudell, MD, PhD
Varian Medical Systems, Inc.: Grant/Research Support 

David G. Pfister, MD
Atara Biotherapeutics: Grant/Research Support
Merck & Co., Inc.: Grant/Research Support

NCCN Staff Disclosures

The NCCN Leadership listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:

Robert W. Carlson, MD; Wui-Jin Koh, MD; Gary J. Weyhmuller, MBA, SPHR

The NCCN Activity Planning staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:

Mike Abrams; Melissa Esplen; Mark A. Geisler; Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN; Kristin Kline Hasson; Rose Joyce; Karen Kanefield; Lisa Perfidio, MS; Shannon Ryan, CMP; Kathy Ann Smith, CHCP; Sarah Weinstein

The NCCN Clinical staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:

Jennifer L. Burns, BS; Susan D. Darlow, PhD

In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians
NCCN designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 contact hours.

Pharmacists
NCCN designates this application-based continuing education activity for 1.25 contact hours (0.125 CEUs) of continuing education credit. UAN: JA4008196-0000-21-064-H01-P

Physician Assistants 
NCCN has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until March 1, 2022. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
  • 1.25 ACPE contact hours
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 ANCC contact hours
  • 1.25 Participation

Price

Cost:
$0.00
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