Immunotherapy in Upper GI Cancers: A Multidisciplinary Discussion of the Data and Real-World Barriers Faced in Practice


Yelena Y. Janjigian, MD
Chief, Gastrointestinal Oncology Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
R. Donald Harvey, PharmD, BCOP, FASCO, FCCP, FHOPA
Professor, Hematology and Medical Oncology and Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Clinical Trials Office
Director, Phase I Clinical Trials Section
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Kelley A. Rone, DNP, RN, AGNP-c
NP Hematology/Medical Oncology
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Phoenix, AZ
Kurt A. Schalper, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Yale School of Medicine
Director, Translational Immuno-Oncology Laboratory
Yale Cancer Center
New Haven, CT

Statement of Need

Did you recently learn about emerging data and guideline-directed treatments for upper GI cancer, but want to know more about how to translate these principles into practice? Join our expert faculty, Drs. Janjigian, Harvey, Rone and Schalper for an Engage the Experts webcast as they discuss the current and emerging landscape of immunotherapy in upper GI cancers. Our experts will elucidate the impact of emerging data on the management of patients, how to best communicate the data to other members of the care team, and how to identify and mitigate barriers to the optimal use of immunotherapy in upper GI cancers. 

 This 60-minute program will explore real-world applications of the data to practice, with a diverse panel crossing a range of disciplines offering unique perspectives on the immunotherapy terrain in upper GI cancer settings. 

Learning Objectives

1. Evaluate current guideline-recommended immunotherapy regimens based on the most up-to-date clinical trial data in gastric, GEJ, and EAC cancers.

2. Utilize appropriate testing strategies for PD-L1 expression as part of selection and sequencing of currently available therapies for gastric, GEJ, and EAC cancer.

3. Integrate an interprofessional approach to supportive care that addresses real-world barriers and AEs for patients with gastric, GEJ, and EAC cancers.

Supported by

Supported through an independent educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb.

Target Audience

Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician associates (PAs) and other allied health care professionals specializing in medical or surgical oncology, gastroenterology, or pathology.

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Yelena Y. Janjigian, MD—reports the following financial relationships:
Consultant—AbbVie Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Arcus Biosciences Inc., AskGene Pharma Inc., AstraZeneca, Basilea Pharmaceutica, Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Daiichi Sankyo Inc., Gaurdant Health, Geneos Therapeutics, GSK, Imedex, Imugene, Lilly, Lynx Health, Merck & Co. Inc., Merck Serono, Mersana Therapeutics, Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Paradigm Medical Communications, PeerView, Pfizer Inc., Research To Practice, RGENIX, Seagen Inc., Silverback Therapeutics, and Zymeworks Inc.
Research support—Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Cycle for Survival, Fred’s Team, Genentech Inc./Roche, Lilly, Merck & Co. Inc., National Cancer Institute (NCI), RGENIX, and the U.S. Department of Defense
Stock shareholder (direct purchase)—RGENIX

R. Donald Harvey, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA, FASCO—reports the following financial relationships:
Consultant—Amgen Inc., Erasca, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Research support/funding to his institution—Abbisko Therapeutics, AbbVie Inc., ADC Therapeutics, Amgen Inc., Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb Company, GSK, Incyte, Inhibrx Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Merck & Co. Inc., Meryx, MorphoSys, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer Inc., Sanofi, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Turning Point Therapeutics Inc., and Xenco

Kelley A. Rone, DNP, RN, AGNP-c—has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

Kurt A. Schalper, MD, PhD—reports the following financial relationships:
Advisory board—AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb Company, EMD Serono, Genmab, Merck & Co. Inc., Molecular Templates Inc., OnCusp, Parthenon Therapeutics Inc., Shattuck Labs Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., and Torque Therapeutics/Repertoire Immune Medicines
Consultant—Agenus Inc., Clinica Alemana Santiago, Roche, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.
Research support—Akoya Biosciences, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Merck & Co. Inc., Moderna Inc., Navigate BioPharma Services Inc., Pierre Fabre, Ribon Therapeutics, Roche, Surface Oncology, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., and Tesaro/GSK
Speakers bureau—Forefront Collaborative and PeerView

The following individuals have no financial relationships to disclose:

  • Shirley Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (Peer Reviewer)
  • Nichole Lainhart (Planning Committee/ME)
  • David Modrak, PhD (Planning Committee/MRG)
  • Katherine Lee, PharmD (Planning Committee/MRG)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (Planning Committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (Planning Committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (Planning Committee)

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Immunotherapy in Upper GI Cancers: A Multidisciplinary Discussion of the Data and Real-World Barriers Faced in Practice
Activity Date: 06/05/2023