Embracing Targeted Medical Therapies in Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Practical Principles for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse

September 14, 2022

Designed to provide a comprehensive and highly interactive overview of novel and emerging data, as well as establish a foundational knowledge base of NF1 as a tumor predisposition syndrome, this activity will begin by identifying hallmark aspects of NF1 natural history and clinical presentation, reviewing updated diagnostic criteria, and describing the genetic etiology and complex pathophysiology that has historically made NF1-associated plexiform neurofibromas (PNs) so difficult to treat. Catalyzed by a dynamic case-based approach, attendees will then be guided through an expert-led exploration of emerging clinical trial data for targeted medical therapies in the setting of NF1-associated tumors, with particular emphasis on toxicity profiles and responsive strategies for anticipating, mitigating, and managing adverse events. Finally, premier clinical experts will examine the pivotal patient-facing role of the pediatric hem/onc nurse in the shifting NF1 treatment paradigm, and real-world patient cases will offer an opportunity to design interprofessional approaches to practical nursing challenges in NF1, including patient assessment, patient/parent education and answering difficult questions, effective emotional support tactics, drug toxicity mitigation tools, and expectation management.

Target Audience

This educational initiative is targeted to pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and nurse practitioners attending the 2022 APHON Annual Conference.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize recently-updated NF1 diagnostic criteria and recognize hallmark features of NF1 clinical presentation and disease progression in pediatric patients.
  • Review the genetic etiology and multisystem pathophysiology of NF1 as a tumor predisposition syndrome, and emphasize the patient morbidity and traditional intractability of NF1-related plexiform neurofibromas (PNs)
  • Use an interactive, patient-case–driven approach to:
    • Evaluate completed, ongoing, and planned clinical trial data for MEK inhibitors and multi-receptor TKIs, including recent FDA-approved indications, in the management of NF1-associated tumors.
    • Examine the toxicity profiles of approved and investigational NF1-targeted therapeutics, with emphasis on MEK inhibitors,and develop evidence-supported strategies to adaptively anticipate, mitigate, and manage adverse events.
    • Elucidate the patient-facing role of the pediatric hem/onc nurse on the interprofessional NF1 treatment team, and identify real-world approaches to patient assessment, toxicity management, patient/family education, and establishing an emotional support infrastructure.

Presented by Creative Educational Concepts, LLC

Supported through an independent educational grant from Alexion.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/14/2022 - 6:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
09/14/2022 - 7:15pm EDT

  5 min      Welcome and Introductions/Pre-test

15 min      What We Know: NF1 Natural History, Diagnostic Criteria, and Clinical Hallmarks in Pediatric Patients

20 min      What We’re Learning: Renewing Patient Horizons with Targeted Therapeutics in NF1-associated Tumors

25 min      How We Change the Future: Patient-centric MEK Inhibitor Management Strategies for the Pediatric Hem/Onc Nurse

10 min      Conversations with the Experts: Audience Q&A/Post-test

Palm Beach County Convention Center
Grand Ballroom
West Palm Beach, FL
United States

AeRang Kim, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Clinical Research
Division of Oncology
Children’s National Hospital
Washington, DC


Shannon Langmead, RN, MSN, CRNP, CNRN
Clinic Coordinator
The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Center
Baltimore, MD



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AeRang Kim, MD, PhD–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.
Shannon Langmead, RN, MSN, CRNP, CNRN–has disclosed that she is an advisor or consultant to AstraZeneca.

Peer Reviewer:
Christina Allen, CRNP, DNP–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

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Bryan C. Taylor, PharmD–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.
Jessica Hall–has no relevant financial relationships to disclose in relation to the content of this activity.

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Nursing (ANCC)

This activity is designated for 1.25 contact hours.

Upon completion of a CNE request form, statements of credit for nurses will be issued within 30 business days.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 Participation
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