Self-Assessment Module

SABR for NSCLC: From an Alternative to Conventional Radiotherapy to an Alternative for Surgery

A session from the 2015 Radiosurgery Society Webinar Series presented by:

  • Ben J. Slotman, MD, PhD, FASTRO, H.FACR
  • Rachelle Lanciano, MD

This course, which has been accredited by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for Self-Assessment Module (SAM) maintenance of certification credit for physicians, is available from October 30, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 31, 2021.

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must:

  • Learners must listen to each self-directed audio recording while following along with the visual slides/read the articles.
  • Pass the post-test with a score of 75% or higher.
  • Complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion.
  • Participate in the entire activity as partial credit is not available.
  • If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

The activity is approximately 1 hour in length.

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Statement of Need

Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy has replaced conventionally fractionated radiotherapy in medically inoperable patients with early-stage lung cancer, The high local control rates and improved survival have led to studies investigating SABR as an alternative to surgery. A number of randomized trials comparing SABR and surgery have failed to accrue enough patients. In this webinar, the use and outcomes of SABR for peripheral and central tumors in patients with medically inoperable early-stage NSCLC will be discussed. In addition, the potential role of SABR as an alternative to surgery for operable patients will be addressed.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the needs of radiation oncologists with interests in SABR for the treatment of inoperable early-stage NSCLC.

Activity Objectives

  • Describe the role of SABR for medically inoperable early-stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).
  • Describe the role of SABR in central tumors.
  • Explain the most common toxicities of SABR.
  • Discuss the principles of treatment planning to deliver SBRT to pancreatic and liver tumors.
  • Understand the role of SABR in operable patients.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Radiosurgery Society. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

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

American Board of Radiology SA-CME Self-Assessment Credit

The Radiosurgery Society Self-Assessment Module (SAM) titled SABR for NSCLC: From an Alternative to Conventional Radiotherapy to an Alternative for Surgery is qualified by the American Board of Radiology in meeting the criteria for self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program and has been qualified for 1.0 SAM credits. The ABR qualified this SAM on October 30, 2015.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

It is the policy of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its CME activities. To comply with the Standards for Commercial Support of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the MMA requires members of the planning committee and faculty to disclose the existence of any financial interest or other relationship he/she and his/her spouse or partner has with companies whose health care products or services are discussed in an educational presentation. The requirement applies to relationships that are in place at the time of the CME activity or in the 12 months preceding the activity. The members of the faculty and planning committee for this conference have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of the CME activity. Faculty members have declared that they will uphold the MMA’s standards regarding CME activities and that any clinical recommendations are based on the best available evidence or are consistent with generally accepted medical practice. Please indicate in the comments section of the evaluation form whether you detect any instances of bias toward products manufactured by commercial interests.

All individuals in a position to control the content of CE are listed below.

  • Ben J. Slotman, MD, PhD, FASTRO, H.FACR - Speaker’s Bureau: Varian, Viewray Research Funding: Varian, Viewray
  • Rachelle Lanciano, MD - no relevant financial relationships to disclose

Acknowledgement of Financial Commercial Support

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant by Varian Medical Systems.

Acknowledgement of In-Kind Commercial Support

No in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Certificate of Participation

A certificate will be issued upon completion of course requirements, including the evaluation, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations.

Technology Requirements

Software Requirements

  • A browser version of Internet Explorer 10.0 and higher or Firefox 3.0 or higher, Google Chrome Version 35 or higher.

A note on browser incompatibility:

  • We have tested IE 6.x in controlled configurations and we can stream successfully, but there are some versions that may not support the RTMP streams we push out - basically new technology that old technology can't handle.
  • Possible remedy: upgrade browser version, try alternate browsers such as Firefox.
  • Flash Player Version 11 or higher. If you have an older version it would be best to upgrade now. It's free and does not require a reboot.

Hardware Requirements

  • Windows Based Computer, Mac based Computers, smart phone, tablets
  • Windows Based Computer, Mac based Computers, smart phone, tablets
  • Windows XP SP 3 or Vista Home Premium or better
  • Mac OS x 10.5.3 or better
  • Pentium 4 or better
  • 1meg of System Ram (Memory)
  • True Color 32 bit video card
  • Sound card and speakers

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