Considerations For Practice Women and Lung Cancer: A CME-certified Case-based Webcourse

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Release Date: Nov 17, 2011          Expiration Date: Nov 17, 2012

Program Overview

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can no longer be considered a homogeneous disease. Histologic and molecular features of NSCLC predict response to targeted agents, as well as certain chemotherapies; therefore, therapy must be individualized according to these criteria to maximize patient outcomes. Gender should also play a role in the individualization of care, as lung cancer biology, natural history, and treatment outcomes vary between men and women. The rapid evolution of the treatment paradigm for NSCLC has generated practice gaps among clinicians surrounding the current best practices that can improve outcomes for NSCLC patients.


Joan H. Schiller, MD
Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Deputy Director of Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Andrea L. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
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Edward Garon, MD
Physician, Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Associate Director, JCCC Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program Area
UCLA Santa Monica Hematology Oncology
Santa Monica, CA
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Heather Wakelee, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology
Stanford Clinical Cancer Center
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
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Target Audience

This program is intended for medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, NPs, PAs, nurses, fellows and other healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of patients with NSCLC.

Educational Objectives

This program is designed to address the following IOM competencies: provide patient-centered care and employ evidence-based practice.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Discuss the impact of gender on epidemiology of NSCLC
  • Discuss the impact of gender on treatment outcomes in NSCLC
  • Adequately assess molecular biomarkers and histology reports in order to individualize therapies


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Penn State College of Medicine and Rockpointe. Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Penn State College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For questions regarding CME credit, the post-test, or evaluation, please call Penn State Continuing Education at: 717-531-6483; or e-mail: Please reference activity code G5003-12-T.

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Faculty Disclosures

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

Joan H. Schiller, MD: Consultant/Advisor: Aggenix (serves on DSMC), AVEO, Amgen, Bayer, Biodesix, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Daiichi-Sankyo, Lilly, Merck, Oncothyreon, Onyx, Syndax, Telik, Genentech, Novartis, Pfizer (serves on DSMC), Synta, Geron, Celgene, ArQuile, Merrimak; Research Grant: Genentech, Novartis, Pfizer (serves on DSMC), Synta, Geron, Celgene, ArQuile, Merrimak

Edward Garon, MD: Consultant/Advisor: Boehringer-Ingelheim; Research Grant: Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Genentech, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline

Heather Wakelee, MD: Clinical Trial: Genentech, Exelixis, Regeneron, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Lilly, Bayer, Novartis

Planner and Manager Disclosures

Non-faculty content contributors and/or reviewers reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests: Rockpointe Corporation and Penn State College of Medicine staff involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

Academic Reviewer for Penn State College of Medicine Chandra P. Belani, MD: Consultant/Advisor: Eli Lilly, Genentech

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Supported by an independent educational grant from Genentech BioOncology & Lilly USA, LLC.

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