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Optimal Tissue Acquisition, Handling, and Processing NGS and PD-L1 Testing

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Expert pathologists and a medical oncologist will discuss current guidelines and their own practices regarding the role of liquid biopsy and comprehensive genetic and PD-L1 testing in the management of advanced lung cancer. The panelists will discuss the various strategies for optimizing the quantity and quality of cytology and small volume biopsy specimens. This interactive webinar will offer the opportunity for learners to ask questions prior to and during the event. Learning is augmented by a few follow-up quizzes weeks after the webinar, a strategy proven to improve knowledge gain and retention.

Course Objectives

At the end of this webinar, the learners will be able to:

  1. Provide strategies for translating recommendations to clinical practice relevant to comprehensive molecular testing in lung cancer
  2. Improve knowledge of current tumor and blood biomarkers associated with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and their relevance for personalized care and targeted therapies
  3. Address identified barriers associated with obtaining adequate tissue samples to support the diagnosis and management of NSCLC
  4. Improve cognitive and technical knowledge associated with tumor specimen collection and the ability to utilize next generation sequencing (NGS) and PD-L1 testing for NSCLC
  5. Identify steps to overcome the common obstacles for optimal testing, including: Insufficient tissue for testing, lack of infrastructure in obtaining and sending biopsy samples, long turnaround times for results, and challenges regarding reimbursement

Program made possible in part by an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, an educational grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and an independent medical education grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

CHEST Learning Category(s)
Learning Category II: Self-Directed

Maintenance of Licensure
Scope of Practice-Pulmonary

Item Number: 92863.3

Jeffrey Mueller, DO
Department of Pathology
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Christopher Hartley, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Narjust Duma, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Thoracic Oncology
University of Wisconsin
Carbone Cancer Center

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Optimal Tissue Acquisition, Handling, and Processing NGS and PD-L1 Testing

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Physician Credit

The American College of Chest Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Chest Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16433, for 1.25 contact hours.

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Maintenance of Certification Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points.

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