Updates in Biomarker Testing in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Biomarker testing is becoming more important due to the shift in cancer care to targeted therapies. Especially in NSCLC, there are many new updates in which biomarkers should be tested, when testing is required or recommended, and what the barriers are to implementing testing for all patients. This topic is timely for nurses and providers overall as treatment paradigms shift and treatment is based on biomarker results for best practices.
This program is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses who manage patients with cancer.
Following this activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the importance of comprehensive/timely testing for targetable biomarkers in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
- Discuss the possible barriers to biomarker testing and what to do with inconclusive results.
- Identify targetable biomarkers in NSCLC and drugs used to treat those mutations.
Beth Sandy, MSN, CRNP
Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
NCCN Continuing Education Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of NCCN that all planners, faculty, moderators, authors, reviewers and anyone involved in the planning and delivery of NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose ALL financial relationships they have had in the past 24 months with ineligible companies. The ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence require that individuals who refuse to provide this information will be disqualified from involvement in the planning and implementation of accredited continuing education presented by NCCN. NCCN identifies, mitigates, and discloses to learners all relevant financial relationships.
In addition, all content has been reviewed to ensure education promotes safe, effective patient care and does not promote the products or services of an ineligible company. Content, including any presentation of therapeutic options, is fair, balanced, evidence-based, scientifically accurate, and free of commercial bias and marketing.
Ineligible Company: An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
Relevant Financial Relationships: Financial relationships of any dollar amount occurring within the past 24 months are defined as relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of an ineligible company. There is no minimum financial threshold. We ask for disclosure of ALL financial relationships with ineligible companies, regardless of the amount and regardless of the potential relevance of each relationship to the education.
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 or marketing.
The faculty listed below have the following relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.
Beth Sandy, MSN, CRNP
Amgen Inc.: Product/Speakers Bureau
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP: Product/Speakers Bureau
Eli Lilly and Company: Honoraria
Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, LP: Consulting Fee
Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.: Product/Speakers Bureau
Merck & Co., Inc.: Product/Speakers Bureau
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.: Product/Speakers Bureau
NCCN Staff Disclosures
None of the other planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
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.
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 contact hour.
- 0.75 ANCC contact hours
- 0.75 Participation
To complete this activity, users will need:
- A device with an Internet connection and sound playback capability
- One of the two latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
- Internet Explorer is no longer supported
- Adobe Reader or other PDF reader software for certificate viewing/printing