Up for Debate: Effective First-line Maintenance Strategies for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

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Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP
Physician, Mass General Brigham
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair, Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center
Boston, MA
Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP, is a Medical Oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A key opinion leader, Dr. Penson was a longstanding member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group Ovarian and Quality of Life Committees and now serves on the Foundation’s Investigator Council. He is the national Principal Investigator (PI) of the olaparib registration trial (SOLO-2) and the international PI of SOLO3, and the OVAL trial. He has taught on Harvard’s Practice of Medicine Course, the Bigelow General Medical Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is one of the Chairs of the Institutional Review Board of Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center.

Kathleen N. Moore, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Section of Gynecologic Oncology
University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine
Deputy Director
Stephenson Cancer Center
Oklahoma City, OK

Statement of Need

Recent data has led to a debate of the most effective maintenance strategy for advanced OC.  Emerging data utilizing novel approaches to maintenance both further complicates the debate and sheds new light on novel effective strategies for maintenance therapy for advanced OC, leaving clinicians struggling to adopt appropriate strategies.  In order to ensure that clinical decisions align with the latest emerging data regarding maintenance therapy in OC, Drs. Richard Penson and Kathleen Moore will educate clinicians on the role of biomarkers in OC, incorporation of genetic testing, and interpretation of results as part of clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to better:

  • Evaluate recent and emerging data for first-line maintenance therapy of advanced OC to best inform optimal therapeutic strategies

Financial Support

Supported by a joint educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.

Target Audience

Primary Audiences: Medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, physician assistants (PAs), nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), and pharmacists working in oncology settings

Secondary Audiences: Gynecologists and primary care physicians (PCPs)

Credit Information

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Interprofessional (IPCE) 0.5

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit for learning and change.

Physicians (ACCME) 0.5

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Nurses (ANCC) 0.5

This activity is designated for 0.50 contact hours.

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Note to Nurse Practitioners: the content of this CNE activity pertains to Pharmacology.

Pharmacists (ACPE) 0.5

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PAs (AAPA) 0.5

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.50 medical knowledge 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 credit.

MIPS Improvement Activity

Completion of this accredited CME  activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

Royal College MOC

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Disclosure Declaration

Dr. Penson reports the following financial relationships:

Advisory Board: Aadi Bioscience; AstraZeneca; GSK; ImmunoGen, Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc.; Mersana Therapeutics; Novacure; Roche; Sutro Biopharma, Inc.; and Vascular Biogenics

Consultant: Serves on DSMBs for AstraZeneca; EQRx; and Roche

Research Support: Intuitional research funding (as PI) for Array BioPharma Inc.; AstraZeneca; Eisai Inc.; Genentech, Inc.; and Vascular Biogenics

Other financial or material support: Royalties: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd; Elsevier; UpToDate, Inc.; Wolters Kluwer Health and Wiley-Blackwell. Payment for educational events: Research to Practice; ExpertConnect; and ReachMD

Dr. Moore has no financial disclosures to report.

The following individuals have no financial relationships to disclose: 

Alaa Bawaneh, MD, PhD (Peer Reviewer)
Andrea Edwards, PA-C (Peer Reviewer)
Thomas Mitchell (Planning Committee)
David Modrak, PhD (Planning Committee)
Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (Planning Committee)
Sandra Caballero, PharmD  (Planning Committee)
Sharon Tordoff (Planning Committee)


Obtaining Credit

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Up for Debate: Effective First-line Maintenance Strategies for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Event Date: 02/28/2024 at 5:00 am EST