On Demand: Harnessing the Power of Immunotherapy in HCC and BTC: An Expert Exploration of the Past, Present, and Future of Checkpoint Inhibition


Riad Salem, MD, MBA
Professor of Radiology, Medicine and Surgery
Chief, Section of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Vice-Chair, Image-Guided Therapy, Department of Radiology
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
James J. Harding, MD
Medical Oncologist
Gastrointestinal Oncology Service, Department of Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
R. Katie Kelley, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Statement of Need

This session will review the totality of emerging evidence for immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) in the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and biliary tract cancer (BTC) management calculus. Faculty will highlight the paradigmatic change ICIs have achieved, emphasize key teaching points for real-world use, and evaluate adaptive clinical trial designs and study schemas being used to investigate ICI-based treatment regimens in HCC and BTC on a prospective basis.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the fundamental contribution of immune system dysregulation to the pathophysiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and biliary tract cancer (BTC).
  • Explain the pharmacologic rationale for integrating immune checkpoint inhibition into the HCC/BTC armamentarium.
  • Review practical aspects of using immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) in HCC/BTC, including dosing, approved indications, and immune-mediated adverse event (imAE) mitigation and management strategies.
  • Appraise the rapidly evolving clinical trial evidentiary base and regulatory landscape for ICI-based regimens in HCC and BTC, with an emphasis on current expert consensus guideline recommendations.
  • Evaluate clinical trial designs and study schemas for ICI-based treatments in HCC and BTC, focusing on established pivotal readouts and prominent prospective studies.

Supported by

Supported through an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Target Audience

Immuno-oncology (IO) specialty clinicians and researchers.

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James J. Harding, MD–has disclosed that he receives research support from Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol Myers Squib, Codiak, CytomX, Eli Lilly, Genoscience, Incyte, Loxo @ Lilly,  Novartis, Polaris, and Yiviv. He is also an advisor or consultant to Bristol Myers Squib, Eisai, Exelexis, Hepion, Imvax, Medivir, QED, and Zymewor.

R. Katie Kelley, MD–has disclosed that she receives research support from Agios, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, EMD Serono, Exelixis, Genentech/Roche, LOXO oncology, Merck, Novartis, QED therapeutics, Relay Therapeutics, Surface Oncology, and Taiho. She also is an advisor or consultant to Exact Sciences and Kinnate. She is an advisor or consultant to Agios, AstraZeneca, Exelixis, Ipsen, and Merck with compensation to her institution and her institution receives grant funding from Partner Therapeutics.
Riad Salem, MD, MBA–has disclosed that he is an advisor or consultant to AstraZeneca, Autem, Bard, Boston Scientific, Cook, Eisai, Genentech, Merck, and Merit.

Peer Reviewer:
Darren Cowzer, MD–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

CEC Staff/Planners:
Susan H. Gitzinger, PharmD, MPA–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.
Rebecca Weaver, CHCP–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

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On Demand: Harnessing the Power of Immunotherapy in HCC and BTC: An Expert Exploration of the Past, Present, and Future of Checkpoint Inhibition
Activity Date: 09/23/2022