Exploring Immunotherapy for GI Malignancies

Exploring Immunotherapy for GI Malignancies

On-Demand Webcast

Axel Grothey, MD
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona


Tanios S. Bekaii-Saab, MD
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona

Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD
University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Neil Segal, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed for medical, academic, and community-based oncologists, as well as other healthcare professionals who care for patients with GI malignancies, including gastroenterologists, oncology fellows, oncology nurses, and pharmacists.


Advances in immuno-oncology have been at the forefront of cancer development over the past few years. Great strides in the study and use of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) and immune modulators, adoptive cell transfer therapy, vaccines, oncolytic viruses, and adjuvant immunotherapies offer new frontiers in clinical advancements for many GI malignancies, including mCRC, gastric, and esophageal cancers. As these new and novel therapeutic strategies continue to change the treatment landscape and management algorithms for these diseases, it is imperative that oncology professionals have a solid clinical knowledge that fosters an opportunity to assimilate theory into clinical practice.


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

  1. Assess the therapeutic management of dMMR/MSI-H CRC, gastric, and esophageal cancers
  2. Review guideline recommendations for dMMR/MSI-H testing to predict response to immuno-oncology agents
  3. Evaluate the molecular mechanism of action and immune-related adverse event data of current and emerging immuno-oncology agents as monotherapy and/or in combination with systemic and/or targeted therapies for the management of GI malignancies
  4. Analyze data from recent phase III clinical trials to allow integration of innovative immuno-oncology agents into current treatment algorithms for GI malignancies

This activity is provided by Imedex®, LLC.

Continuing Education


Imedex, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Imedex, LLC designates this internet-based enduring educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

In order to receive credit, participants must successfully complete the post-test and complete the online evaluation form. You will receive an online CME statement of credit to print for your records.


Supported by an educational grant from: Bristol-Myers Squibb.


As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Imedex, LLC must ensure balance, objectivity, independence, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Faculty are instructed to provide a balanced view of therapeutic options by utilizing generic names to ensure impartiality.

All faculty participating in an Imedex activity are required to disclose relevant financial relationships that may be considered to be related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Disclosure of these commitments and/or relationships is included in these course materials so that participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments in interpreting its content and evaluating its recommendations.

The following indicates the faculty disclosure declaration information and the nature of those commercial relationships.

1=grant/research support 2=consultant 3=speaker’s bureau 4=stock shareholder 5=other support

Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD Armo2; Exelixis2; Merck2; SillaJen2
Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD Amgen2; Array BioPharma2; Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.2; Genentech2; MolecularMatch2; Taiho Pharmaceutical2
Neil Segal, MD, PhD AstraZeneca1,2; Bristol-Myers Squibb1,2; Genentech1,2; MedImmune1,2; Merck1,2; Pfizer1,2; Roche1,2

The following speakers do not report any affiliation:

Axel Grothey, MD  

All materials are included with the permission of the authors.

Imedex, LLC Staff Disclosure of Financial Relationships
All Imedex staff members who are in a position to control content of this activity have no financial relationships with any commercial interests, except for the following individuals:

   Chris Bolwell owns shares of stock of GlaxoSmithKline.

Unapproved Uses

This activity may contain information about experimental and other uses of drugs or devices that are not currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or other national regulatory agencies in the United States and other countries. Participants in the United States are encouraged to consult the FDA-approved product labeling for any drug or device mentioned in this program before use. Participants from other countries should consult with their respective regulatory authorities.

The opinions expressed in this webcast are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Imedex.


The material presented and related discussions are not intended to be medical advice, and the presentation or discussion of such material is not intended to create and does not establish a physician-patient relationship. Medical advice of any nature should be sought from an individual’s own physician.

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Release Date: April 6, 2018

Expiration Date: April 6, 2019