Closing the Gaps in Gastric Cancer Care: Novel Therapies and Multidisciplinary Strategies

Closing the Gaps in Gastric Cancer Care: Novel Therapies and Multidisciplinary Strategies

On-Demand Webcast

David H. Ilson, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

Target Audience

This activity is intended for community and academic clinicians who treat or are interested in treating patients with GI malignancies, including community oncologists and other HCPs (physicians-in-training, oncology nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and others) involved in the therapeutic management of patients with GI cancers.


Gastric cancer is associated with significant morbidity and mortality and greatly impacts patient quality of life. Outcomes for gastric cancer are poor. Estimates of 5-year survival rates range from 26%-31%, and estimated rates of survival for patients with metastatic disease are a dismal 8 months. Most patients are diagnosed in the later stages of disease, when curative therapy is no longer an option. Even if gastric cancer is treated in its early stages, relapse rates are high, with 20%-40% of patients experiencing relapse. However, significant advances over the past two decades on understanding cancer pathophysiology have led to the development of novel therapeutic options, especially for patients with advanced, relapsed, or refractory disease. 

This webcast aims to analyze and close gaps in gastric cancer care, summarize novel therapies, and provide expert guidance on effective multidisciplinary gastric cancer care. 


Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Analyze gaps in current gastric cancer standards of care
  2. Summarize recent genomic insights into gastric cancer classification and pathophysiology
  3. Inspect new and emerging targeted agents for the management of gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancer
  4. Develop integrative treatment plans for effective multidisciplinary gastric cancer care

Release Date: October 31, 2019

Expiration Date: October 31, 2020

Hardware/Software Requirements

The evaluation is accessible after the activity via a PC (Windows 7 or newer) or Mac (Mac OS 10.6 or later) computer with current versions of the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. A PDF reader is required for print publications. Please direct technical questions to


Supported by educational grant from: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


 In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME) and Imedex. NACCME 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. 


NACCME designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


NACCME has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with the AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.5 AAPA Category 1 credit(s).

PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.


This continuing nursing education activity awards 0.75 contact hours.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13255 for 0.75 contact hours.


This knowledge-based activity (JA0006201-9999-20-011-H01-P) is approved for 0.5 contact hours (0.005 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education.

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Planning Committee

The planning committee comprises David H. Ilson, MD, PhD; and Chris Bolwell, and Manjusha Sala, Imedex.

Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

According to the disclosure policy of NACCME and Imedex, faculty, editors, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with relevant commercial companies related to this activity. All relevant financial relationships that are identified are reviewed for potential conflicts of interest. If a conflict is identified, it is the responsibility of NACCME and Imedex to initiate a mechanism to resolve any conflicts. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation.

All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies reported, and levels of evidence.

David H. Ilson, MD, PhD, reports that he is a consultant for Astellas, Astra-Zeneca, Bayer, BMS, Lilly, Merck, Pieris, Roche, and Taiho.

Chris Bolwell discloses that he holds shares of stock of GlaxoSmithKline.

Manjusha Sala, Monalisa Singh and Susan Yarbrough disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.


This activity may contain information about experimental and other uses of drugs or devices that are not currently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) of the European Union or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States. Participants are strongly encouraged to consult approved product labeling for any drug or device mentioned in this activity before use. The opinions expressed during this activity are the opinions of the respective authors, presenters or moderators and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of NACCME or Imedex.

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