The Power of Community: Translating Innovations into Care in NHL and HL | Checkpoint Conversations: Integrating Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Release Date
May 15, 2024

Expiration Date
May 14, 2025

In this fourth episode, “Checkpoint Conversations: Integrating Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Hodgkin Lymphoma,” from the 4-part series Med Table Talk, “The Power of the Community: Translating Innovations into Care in NHL and HL,” join expert faculty as they discuss the benefit of immune checkpoint inhibition for the treatment of HL in patients with relapsed/refractory disease. Discussions will also circulate around how interdisciplinary teams can assist with coordination of patient care, including clinical trials and access to appropriate treatment for those in underrepresented communities.

On May 15, 2024 (after the recording of this activity), the FDA has granted accelerated approval for lisocabtagene maraleucel, a CAR T-cell therapy, for the treatment of adult patients with R/R FL who have received two or more prior lines of systemic therapy.

On May 30, 2024 (after the recording of this activity), the FDA has granted accelerated approval for lisocabtagene maraleucel, a CAR T-cell therapy, for the treatment of adult patients with R/R MCL who have received after at least 2 lines of systemic therapy, including a BTK inhibitor


Accreditation and Disclosure Information

Target Audience
This educational activity is targeted to hematologic oncology clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, pathologists, and other members of the multi-disciplinary and interprofessional care team who care for individuals with NHL and HL.

Educational Objectives
After completing this CE activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Identify patients with NHL or HL who may benefit from immune checkpoint inhibition and/or CAR T-cell therapies in early-stage, relapsed/refractory disease, or as a bridge to transplant, with consideration to clinical guidelines and latest safety and efficacy data.
  • Utilize interdisciplinary team-based approaches to ensure the appropriate use of immune checkpoint inhibitors and/or CAR T-cell therapies in NHL and HL, including coordination of care optimization and increased clinical trial enrollment and access to all eligible patients, particularly among those in underrepresented communities.

Apply expert guidance on addressing access to novel therapies in HL, including

  • Examine the mechanisms of action of immune checkpoint inhibitors and CAR T-cell therapies and their targets (eg, PD-1, PD-L1), including significance of immune evasion in lymphoma progression and development
  • Describe existing disparities and unmet needs with HL, such as advanced-stage cHL, early stage, unfavorable risk HL, and heavily pretreated R/R HL
  • Analyze current guideline recommendations for the application of immune checkpoint inhibitors in early-stage HL and relapsed/refractory settings
    • Review efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibition as monotherapy or in combination as a bridging or consolidation strategy to ASCT and CAR T-cell therapy
  • Assess best practices to the identification of patients who would benefit from immune checkpoint inhibition, through FDA approved indication or clinical trial enrollment.
    • Patient- and disease-specific factor considerations (e.g., ECOG PS, frailty, comorbidities, refractory status, life expectancy, aggressiveness of disease, etc.)

Incorporate an interdisciplinary and interprofessional team-based approach to optimal care for patients with NHL

  • Appraise effective coordination of care strategies for optimizing patient outcomes with CAR-T and immune checkpoint inhibitors, bridging communication between academic and community settings for a holistic treatment approach. 
    • Communication pathways and protocols between academic and community settings
    • Streamlining referral processes and collaboration efforts using a multidisciplinary and patient-centric approach (e.g., consideration to social determinants of health, access, and resources)
    • Expert-guidance integrating CART in community-based centers and transition to outpatient treatment centers
    • Integrate evidence-based treatment and care coordination for CART

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The program content has been reviewed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) and is acceptable for recertification points in the following ILNA subject areas:
0.5 points: Care Continuum (OCN, CBCN, CPHON, AOCNP); Care of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Patient (CPHON); Cellular Collection, Preparative Regimens, and Infusion (BMTCN); Disease Related Biology (CPHON); Early Post-Transplant Management and Education (BMTCN); Foundations of Transplant (BMTCN); Health Maintenance (CPHON); Late Post-Transplant Management and Education (BMTCN)
0.5 points: Oncologic Emergencies (OCN, CPHON, AOCNP); Oncology Nursing Practice (OCN); Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nursing Practice (CPHON); Professional Practice/Performance (BMTCN, AOCNP); Psychosocial Dimensions of Care (AOCNP, CPHON, OCN, CBCN); Quality of Life (BMTCN); Roles of the APRN (AOCNP); Symptom Management, Palliative Care, Supportive Care (OCN, CPHON, AOCNP); Transplant Process and Infusion (BMTCN); Treatment (OCN, CBCN, AOCNP, CPHON)

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb.

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Faculty Disclosures

Loretta Nastoupil, MD (Chair)

Associate Professor
Director of Lymphoma Outcomes Database ad Section Chief of New Drug Development
Department of Lymphoma – Myeloma, Division of Cancer Medicine
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Loretta Nastoupil, MD, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Research Funding: Bristol Myers Squibb, Genentech, Daiichi Sankyo, Genmab, Gilead/Kite, Janssen, Ipsen, Merck, Novartis, Takeda
The following relationships have ended within the last 24 months:
Consultant/Advisor: AstraZeneca, AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb
Speakers’ Bureau: Gilead/Kite

Amitkumar Mehta, MD

Director of Lymphoma and CAR T-cell Therapy Program
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Amitkumar Mehta, MD, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Consultant/Advisor: Gilead, Seattle Genetics, Incyte, MorphoSys/Incyte, TG Therapeutics, Kyowa Kirin, BeiGene, Roche/Genentech, ADCT
Speakers’ Bureau: Incyte/MorphoSys, BeiGene, Ipsen, Kyowa Kirin

Ann S. LaCasce, MD, MMSc

Institute Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Ann S. LaCasce, MD, MMSc, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Consultant/Advisor: Kite Pharma, Seagen
Speakers’ Bureau: Research to Practice

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