Program Content/Format

The 2020 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium is a two-and-a-half day meeting featuring interactive case discussions; educational sessions on multidisciplinary therapies, new targeted therapies, immunotherapy, treatment and screening guidelines, supportive care; and oral abstract sessions highlighting the most current, evidence-based practices. The goal of this meeting is to provide participants with updates on current clinical and translational initiatives in thoracic malignancies, including targeted therapy, immunotherapy, advanced radiation techniques, surgical methodologies and pathological advancements in molecular categorization that are relevant to daily clinical practice. Additionally, attendees will be updated on the appropriate integration of these advancements in their daily practice, including indication, patient selection, combinations of different therapeutic modalities, prevention and management of common toxicities in the context of potentially improved clinical outcomes. This educational activity will focus on several of the most complex and controversial topics in the multidisciplinary management of patients with thoracic cancers to optimize incorporation of recent advances into daily practice.

Gap Statement

While the introduction of novel therapeutic modalities has significantly improved outcomes for patients with thoracic cancers, it has also dramatically increased the complexity of clinical decision making. Due in part to the volume of recent advances, there is a lack of knowledge regarding optimal use of CT screening for lung cancer, immunotherapy, molecular testing, proton-beam radiation, neoadjuvant therapy and management of brain metastases in patients with thoracic malignancies. There is inadequate implementation of multidisciplinary care for locally advanced lung cancer which should involve medical oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology and pulmonary medicine.

Statement of Need

It is imperative that thoracic oncology physicians remain current in the state-of-the-art scientific advances and technologies. This meeting provides attendees the opportunity to gain exposure and understand advantages and disadvantages with the latest advances in surgery, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, molecular pathology, pulmonary medicine and medical oncology related to thoracic malignancies. Attendees also need to determine how the latest scientific advances will affect their day-to-day clinical practice and understand which advances represent new standards of care to be able to narrow competency gaps across the various specialties that focus on treatment of thoracic malignancies. Finally, attendees need to determine the greatest obstacles that hinder implementing scientific advances in thoracic oncology into their day-to-day practice. Use of molecular testing for all non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer is sub-par and there is a need for greater use of testing including liquid biopsy as well as interpretation of testing results.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to do the following: 

  • Integrate locally ablative treatment modalities for appropriate patients with oligometastatic lung cancer.
  • Identify the potential advantages of proton-beam radiation therapy for thoracic malignancies.
  • Implement proper monitoring and intervention strategies for immune-related toxicities.
  • Explain the benefit of CT screening for lung cancer.
  • Discuss the relevance of molecular diagnostic testing in the management of patients with thoracic malignancies.
  • Explain the role of multidisciplinary care for early-stage/locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

Elements of Competence

This educational forum has been designed to narrow the competency gaps of: 

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Systems-based Practice
  • Patient-centered Care
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Professional Standing
  • Commitment to Lifelong Learning
  • Cognitive Expertise
  • Evaluation of Performance in Practice
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork

These are 15 of the 19 core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Target Audience

This meeting is designed to meet the interests of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, physicists, nurses, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, radiation therapists, radiation dosimetrists and pulmonologists.

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