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Clinical Updates in Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers: Expanding Frontline Treatment Options and Optimizing Outcomes with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM).

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb.


Jennifer L. Zadlo, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, GI Medical Oncology and Endocrine Neoplasias
Division of Pharmacy
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Holly R. Chitwood, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, APP II
Internal Medicine Medical Oncology
Markey Cancer Center, UK Healthcare
Assistant Professor, Doctoral Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Lexington, KY

David H. Ilson, MD, PhD
Attending Physician, Member
Solid Tumor Division, GI Oncology Service, Department of Medicine
Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY


Dr. Zadlo has disclosed that she has no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Dr. Chitwood has disclosed that she has served as a consultant/on an advisory board for Gilead.

Dr. Ilson has disclosed that he has received grant/research support from Astellas and Taiho Pharmaceutical Company; and, has served as a consultant for Amgen, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Daiichi-Sankyo, Lilly, Merck, Roche, and Taiho Pharmaceutical Company.

The clinical reviewer, Lisa Holle, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA, has disclosed that she has no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Susanne E. Batesko, MSHF, BSN, RN, Robin Soboti, RPh, and Susan R. Grady, MSN, RN as well as the planners, managers, and other individuals, not previously disclosed, who are in a position to control the content of Postgraduate Healthcare Education (PHE) continuing education (CE) activities hereby state that they have no relevant conflicts of interest and no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices during the past 12 months to disclose in relation to this activity. PHE is committed to providing participants with a quality learning experience and to improve clinical outcomes without promoting the financial interests of a proprietary business.

The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy.  PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.


acpePostgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-9999-23-104-H01-P
Credits: 1.5 hour (0.15 ceu)

Type of Activity: Application
Media: Internet

Fee Information: There is no fee. This is a free continuing education activity.
Estimated time to complete activity: 90 minutes

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Postgraduate Healthcare Education.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.5 contact hours. Designated for 1.0 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


November 30, 2023


May 30, 2024


Oncologists, Oncology Pharmacists, and Oncology Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.


Participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) view the educational activity; and 3) complete the posttest and evaluation form directly after the activity within a maximum of 60 days of participating in the activity. To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. Once completed, click on the Grade Exam button at the bottom of the page. Your posttest will automatically be graded. If you successfully complete the posttest (score of 70% or higher), your statement of participation will be made available immediately. Click on the View Statement of Participation link and print the statement for your records. If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the posttest. You will have 2 opportunities to pass the posttest. To receive Credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number. All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.


To provide oncologists, oncology pharmacists and oncology nurses with advanced and up-to-date knowledge on with up-to-date knowledge of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors (ICI) therapy for the treatment of upper GI cancers to ensure appropriate access to treatment, optimal sequencing and administration, and effective prevention and management of toxicities, resulting in improved patient outcomes.


Upon completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  • Summarize recent insights into pathophysiologic immune mechanisms underlying upper GI cancers
  • Discuss current and emerging safety and efficacy data involving Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors (ICIs) for the treatment of upper GI cancers
  • Develop effective strategies for optimizing outcomes in patients with upper GI cancers being treated with ICIs


Please ensure the computer system you plan to use meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 98 or higher & Macintosh 2.2 or higher
  • Internet Browser (Mac & Windows): Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0.6 or higher, Firefox 3.0.3 or higher, & Opera 5 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible
  • Peripherals: Computer speakers or headphones
  • Monitor Screen Resolution: 320 x 480 or higher
  • Media Viewing Requirements: Adobe Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, Flash Player & HTML5

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC, Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), or Bristol Myers Squibb. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

The author, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of acceptance for publication. However, because information regarding drugs (their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to constant change, the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosages and potential problems and cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug. Special precautions should be taken when a drug is new, or highly toxic, or is unfamiliar to the dispenser or administrant. This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Neither the publisher nor sponsor promotes the use of any agent outside of approved labeling. Statements made in this activity have not been evaluated by the FDA.