Pancreatic Cancer: Novel and Emerging Approaches to Early Detection and Treatment

Kathleen Krafton

Release Date: September 30, 2014 | Expiration Date: September 30, 2015
Media: Print with online posttest, evaluation, and request for credit


Advanced pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with few available treatment options that yield very limited survival benefits. Research to improve the outcomes of these patients has resulted in a remarkable increase in the knowledge of the underlying molecular biology and mechanisms of therapy resistance of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. These insights have resulted in the rational development of new formulations of cytotoxic agents and the integration of targeted agents and immunotherapies into therapeutic regimens currently being evaluated in various clinical trials in this difficult to treat malignancy.

Given the limited therapeutic options for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and the recent advances noted previously, it is important for community oncologists to be educated about these emerging treatments so that they can deliver optimal care to their patients.

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Target Audience

This activity is directed toward medical oncologists and hematologists who treat patients with solid tumors and hematologic malignancies.  Fellows, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers may also participate. 

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After participating in this CME activity, learners should be better prepared to:
  • Describe molecular pathways and targeted therapies with clinical potential in advanced pancreatic cancer
  • Review the safety, and efficacy data, and potential clinical role of novel treatment regimens with cytotoxic and/or targeted components
  • Recognize and manage adverse events associated with established and novel therapies in pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Medical Writer

Kathleen Krafton
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The American Journal of Hematology/Oncology Editorial Board Member

Debu Tripathy, MD
Professor of Medicine and Chair
Department of Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
Disclosure: Grant/Research Support: Genentech/Roche, Pfizer, Puma, Inc. (clinical trial support contracted to University of Southern California); Consultant: Eisai, Novartis

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Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

This activity is funded by Physicians’ Education Resource®.

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