Surviving and Thriving with B-Cell Malignancies: Surveying an Ever-Evolving Landscape

Surviving and Thriving with B-Cell Malignancies: Surveying an Ever-Evolving Landscape

On-Demand Webcast

Nancy L. Bartlett, MD
Washington University
School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Anas Younes, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center
New York, New York

Target Audience

Designed for hematologists and hematologic oncologists, medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists, and other healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, physicians-in-training, oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants) who are involved and/or interested in the treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies.


Classification, staging, and treatment strategies for B-cell malignancies have progressed rapidly over the last 2 decades, as have their treatments, evolving from traditional standards of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or stem cell transplantation, to a more focused targeted-treatment approach that capitalizes on recent discoveries of molecular surface expressions and cell signaling pathways that are common to diseased B-cells. In 2018, B-cell malignancies are likely to be treated with a combination of chemotherapy, targeted treatments, and/or newer and emerging immunotherapies such as monoclonal antibodies, immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), and chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. Newer cell-signaling inhibitors are also increasingly being used for B-cell malignancies. This introduces a tantalizing array of novel and unfamiliar treatment options that many hematology-focused clinicians are still unacquainted with.

This on-demand web archive is initiated to address knowledge and practice gaps among physicians, NPs, and PAs pertaining to latest strategies for diagnosing and treating patients with B-cell malignancies.

  1. Analyze revisions in classification, staging, and risk stratification of various NHL subtypes and CLL/SLL
  2. Identify genetic aberrations, cellular expressions, and cell signaling pathways that are common to malignant B-cell diseases
  3. Differentiate between the mechanisms of action and efficacy/safety profiles of immunotherapies for B-cell malignancies including monoclonal antibodies, ICIs, and CAR-T
  4. Address barriers against implementation of newer or emerging therapeutic options for B-cell malignancies

Release Date: October 31, 2018

Expiration Date: October 31, 2019

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Supported by educational grants from: AstraZeneca and Janssen Biotech.


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Planning Committee

The planning committee comprises John P. Leonard, MD, Nancy L. Bartlett, MD and Anas Younes; and Chris Bolwell, Monalisa Singh, and Susan Yarbrough, Imedex.

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

Nancy L. Bartlett, MD has no financial relationships to disclose.

John P. Leonard, MD has served as a consultant for ADC Therapeutics, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bio Test, Celgene, Epizyme, Gilead, Juno, Karyopharm, MEI Pharma, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Surto, and United Therapuetics.

Anas Younes, MD has served as a consultant for Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Curis, Genentech, Incyte, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Millenium, Merck, Novartis, Seattle Genetics, Roche, Sanofi, and Takeda.

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

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

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