Maintaining Long-term Efficacy in the Elderly MDS Patient with a Poor Performance Status

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Release Date: January 27, 2016
Expiration Date: January 27, 2017

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a heterogeneous group of myeloid malignancies with variability in clinical presentation, disease trajectory, treatment goals, and expected outcomes. Of significant impact to the community practitioners that diagnose and manage the care of patients with MDS, it occurs most commonly in older adults with a median age at diagnosis of ≥65 years. Consequently, while treatment of patients with MDS may differ significantly from patient to patient, more frequently than not, there is also an important commonality of maintaining the efficacy of the more limited treatment options available that the elderly, more frail population of patients can tolerate, ensuring the longest duration of response to treatment and quality of life.

Join MDS expert, Hetty Carraway, MD, of the Taussig Cancer Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in a highly pertinent discussion regarding approaches to maintaining the long-term efficacy of treatment in elderly MDS patients with poor performance status.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other health care professionals who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in MDS.

Learning Objectives

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

  • List treatments and potential treatment-related adverse effects that are appropriate for elderly MDS patients with a poor performance status, differentiating those adverse effects that are manageable from those that are severe in this patient population
  • Identify common comorbidities in the elderly and correlate the potential impact of each on the treatment of MDS and on treatment-related adverse effects
  • Identify strategies that may be proactively utilized in elderly MDS patients to prevent the development of serious treatment-related adverse effects

Agenda

Maintaining Long-term Efficacy in the Elderly MDS Patient with a Poor Performance Status – Hetty Carraway, MD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through January 27, 2017. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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Faculty Biographies

Hetty E. Carraway, MD
Staff Physician
Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders
Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Hetty Caraway received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, and her fellowship in medical oncology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In addition to her medical training, Dr. Carraway earned an MBA from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in the Business of Health. She is currently a staff physician at the Taussig Cancer Institute in the Division of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Carraway is American Board of Internal Medicine certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Society of Hematology (ASH), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), SWOG, and the America College of Physicians, among others. Dr. Carraway has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, review articles, editorials, abstracts and book chapters. She is nationally sought for her expertise in hematologic malignancies. As a translational clinical scientist, Dr. Carraway’s research is focused on experimental therapeutics of acute leukemias and myeloproliferative diseases.

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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Hetty Carraway has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities from Amgen Inc. and speakers’ bureau activities from Baxalta. She has received grant support related to research activities from Celgene Corporation.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, executive director, and Eugene R. Tombler, PhD, FACME, medical director, oncology, have no relevant financial relationships.

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This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Dr. Carraway has indicated that she does intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the US.

Dr. Carraway has indicated that she does not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the US.

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