Educational Needs in the Management of Relapsed/Refractory Follicular Lymphoma

Follicular lymphoma, an indolent, difficult-to-treat B-cell malignancy, is complicated by evolving disease subtypes. Patient outcomes can be hampered by the failure of the multidisciplinary team to establish consensus on the optimal timing, schedule, and length of follicular lymphoma treatment. In addition, the rapid pace of research makes it difficult to stay abreast of the latest and most clinically relevant therapies. This educational gap in the treatment and management of follicular lymphoma...

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Educational Needs in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: Eligibility Criteria, Transplant Benefits, and Risks

When patients with hematological malignancies do not receive referrals for hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), they may face a risk of poorer outcomes. Common reasons behind this lack of referrals include provider confusion over eligibility criteria for HSCT, overestimation of the risks associated with transplant, and confusion regarding the benefit of HSCT. This educational gap regarding the uses and risks of HSCT was identified in the baseline data collected from i3 Health's continuing ...

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Addressing Gaps in Knowledge of Best Practices in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Of all women diagnosed with cancer in the United States, 30% have breast cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer death in this group. Many women have benefitted from regular screening as well as earlier and improved treatment; however, 6% of women present with metastatic disease, and 30% with no initial lymph node involvement will develop metastatic disease. Women with metastatic breast cancer have a poorer prognosis than the overall population of breast cancer patients, and research...

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Learning Needs in Immune Thrombocytopenia

Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a heterogeneous disorder that involves a shortage of platelets, or thrombocytes, and can result in excessive bruising or bleeding. Diagnosis and treatment are challenging due to the lack of specific diagnostic criteria and the widely varying clinical features: some patients remain asymptomatic, whereas others experience troublesome bruising or even life-threatening intracranial hemorrhage. The optimal management of ITP necessitates an individualized approach that...

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Knowledge Gaps Revealed in Waldenström Macroglobulinemia

Waldenström macroglobulinemia is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder, with an estimated 1,500 new cases reported in the United States each year. This malignancy, which accounts for 2% of non-Hodgkin lymphomas, is characterized by lymphoplasmacytic bone marrow infiltration and the presence of serum monoclonal immunoglobulin M (IgM). It is important for health care professionals involved in the care of patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia to remain up to date in their knowledge of risk stra...

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Metastatic Gastric Cancer: Educational Needs

Due to the advances in treatment options for metastatic gastric cancer in recent years, oncology physicians and nurses can individualize treatment selection for patients by considering pathologic and molecular characteristics and emerging efficacy and safety data on novel therapies. Baseline data collected from i3 Health's continuing medical education (CME)/nursing continuing professional development (NCPD)–approved visiting faculty meeting series titled Challenges and Opportunities in Metastati...

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Educational Need in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Due to the increase in treatment options for castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) in recent years, some confusion exists over the optimal therapeutic approach. A number of factors must be considered in CRPC treatment, including patient health status, rate of disease progression and disease burden, presence of bone or visceral metastases, mechanism of action and tolerability of available agents, and prior lines of therapy and response. Baseline data collected from i3 Health's continuing me...

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Knowledge Gaps Identified in Treating Recurrent Ovarian Cancer With PARP Inhibitors

As the number of treatments for recurrent ovarian cancer expands, confusion may develop over which therapeutic strategy is best to use. Numerous patient factors need to be taken into account when deciding on a treatment plan, such as patient health status, predictive/prognostic markers, disease-free interval, number of lines and agents used previously, toxicities remaining from previous lines of therapy, and the extent of disease relapse. The new research constantly being conducted creates anoth...

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