First-line Treatment of HL: Differential Treatment Strategies in Newly Diagnosed Patients with Early- versus Advanced-Stage Disease

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Release Date: April 27, 2016
Expiration Date: April 27, 2017

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
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Program Overview

Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) has one of the highest five-year survival rates of any hematologic malignancy, with 65%–90% of patients disease-free after five years. This high survival rate is dependent on therapeutic choices made for first-line treatment, as prognoses are improved when clinicians identify the most appropriate regimens for the individual patient early in the course of disease. In this interactive broadcast, Dr. Andrew Evens will address the critical differences in therapeutic strategies for patients who are diagnosed with early stage HL versus those who are diagnosed at an advanced stage. Through a practical review of the newest regimens and strategies, Dr. Evens will discuss the latest evidence supporting the differential use of each as first-line therapy for the newly diagnosed HL patient.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other health care professionals who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in Hodgkin lymphoma.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize treatment considerations for first-line therapy in patients with newly diagnosed Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Outline differences in treatment considerations for patients with limited stage versus advanced disease
  • Identify new and emerging treatments for HL that have potential to improve prognoses for patients diagnosed with early stage HL and/or for patients diagnosed with advanced disease


First-line treatment of HL: Differential Treatment Strategies in Newly Diagnosed Patients with Early- versus Advanced-Stage Disease – Andrew M. Evens, DO, MSc, FACP

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This activity is eligible for credit through April 27, 2017. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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Faculty Biography

Andrew M. Evens, DO, MSc, FACP
Professor and Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Director, Tufts Cancer Center
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Evens is Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Tufts Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also named the Chan Soon-Shiong Endowed Scholar in Precision Medicine at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Evens completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center where he was on the faculty for 15 years. Before arriving to Tufts Medical Center, he was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the UMass Memorial Cancer Center where he served as the Deputy Director for the Cancer Center.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Evens’ focus is in the biology, prognosis, and treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin disease/lymphoma. He has designed and conducted a multitude of clinical trials in lymphoid malignancies and he has authored or co-authored more than 150 original articles in this field. Dr. Evens also maintains a R01-funded translational lymphoma laboratory examining lymphoma biology, signal transduction pathways, free radical-mediated biology, and the development of novel targeted agents for the treatment of lymphoma. Additionally, Dr. Evens is an associate editor for the British Journal of Haematology; he chairs the Hematology Panel for the VA R01 Scientific Merit Review committee; and he is a primary member of the Hodgkin Lymphoma Working Group for the NIH and NCI Steering Committee.


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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Andrew Evens has received honoraria as a consultant from Affimed, Celgene Corporation, Seattle Genetics, Inc., and Takeda Oncology. He has received grant support related to research activities from Celgene, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Seattle Genetics, Takeda Oncology, TESARO, Inc., and 3-V Biosciences.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, and Eugene R. Tombler, PhD, FACME, Medical Director, Oncology, have no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is reviewed by external independent peer reviewers for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Off-Label Disclosures/Investigational Disclosures

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Dr. Evens has indicated that he does intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the US.

Dr. Evens has indicated that he does not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the US.

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