ECHO Series: Challenges and Opportunities in Care: Maximizing Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer

Please note that this program was recorded before FDA-approval for expanded indications were received Pembrolizumab (3/23/21).

Pembrolizumab is now approved for use in patients with esophageal or gastroesophogeal (GEJ) carcinoma (metastatic or locally advanced who are not candidates for surgical resection or definitive chemo-radiation) in combination with platinum and fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy. This approval was based on data from KEYNOTE-590, which demonstrated significant improvements in OS and PFS for patients receiving pembrolizumab with chemotherapy compared to those treated with chemotherapy alone.


Barbara Ann Burtness, MD
Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Head and Neck Cancers Program
Co-Director, Developmental Therapeutics Research Program
Yale University School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center
New Haven, CT


This activity will cover the treatment and management of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN).


After completing the CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Evaluate clinical trial data on the use of biomarkers to predict response to immunotherapy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCCHN)
  • Utilize current treatment guidelines and clinical trial data to appropriately sequence and combine therapies in the management of SCCHN
  • Develop strategies to identify and manage immune-related adverse events associated with immune checkpoint inhibitors


This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, and other healthcare professionals who manage patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.


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Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
Med Learning Group designates this web-based live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the web-based live activity.

Nursing Credit Information
Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the care of patients with head and neck cancer.
Credits: 1.0 ANCC Contact Hour(s)

Accreditation Statement
Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Awarded 1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education of RNs and APNs.


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Dr. Burtness discloses that she has received consulting fees from Aduro, Alligator Biosciences, Celgene, CUE Biopharma, Debiopharm, Glaxo SmithKline, IDDI, Maverick Therapeutics, Merck & Co., Inc., Nanobiotix and Rakuten.

The independent reviewers, staff, planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests:

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The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed.
The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

CNE Content Review
The content of this activity was peer reviewed by a nurse reviewer.
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RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2020

EXPIRATION DATE: August 31, 2021

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