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Cancer immunotherapy - the latest frontier in cancer care

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Cancer immunotherapy - the latest frontier in cancer care

December 8, 2020

8 - 9:00 p.m. EST
1.0 Category A (Pending)
Open to: 
students, NDs, health-care practitioners
Price: $35 (practitioners) / Free (CCNM students & faculty)
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Course description

Immunotherapy has changed the treatment landscape of many cancers, both in early and later stages, and has become first-line treatment in some cases. Immunotherapy has dramatically changed the prognosis of some cancers for which previous treatments were limited in their duration of effectiveness. These novel agents act very differently from traditional chemotherapy and other targeted cancer therapies.

In this webinar, medical oncologist, Shaqil Kassam, MD MSc. FRCPC and naturopathic doctor, Daniel Lander, ND will review the rapidly evolving field of immunotherapy in cancer care and discuss aspects of the collaborative care of patients receiving these life-saving therapies.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the components of the immune system and how they may be used to treat cancer
  • Understand the mechanisms of action of select immunotherapies
  • Know which cancer types are most often treated with immunotherapy and appreciate the improved prognosis this has resulted in
  • Recognize common adverse effects of immunotherapy and understand their management
  • Understand key aspects of the integrative care of patients receiving immunotherapy, including supportive therapies and contraindications

Dr. Shaqil Kassam, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC - Instructor

Shaqil Kassam completed his honours bachelors of science degree with a minor degree in medical physics at McMaster University graduating summa cum laude. He then pursued a masters in radiation biology and DNA repair similarly at McMaster University. After completing four years of undergraduate medical training at the University of Toronto, he then trained in radiation oncology for two years after which he completed his Fellowship in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Toronto. Currently Dr. Kassam is a staff medical oncologist at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre in Newmarket, specializing in the treatment of thoracic, gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies. He is also the skin cancer lead oncologist for the Centre.

Dr. Daniel Lander, ND - Instructor

Dr. Daniel Lander, ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and also holds a bachelor of science degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Guelph. His clinical training included a hospital-based residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. He is currently an associate professor at CCNM and the director of the CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre, where he supports people living with cancer during and after their conventional treatment. He is a Fellow of, and presently serves on the board of directors of, the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

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