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The role of ECP in the management of GvHD

An EBAC Accredited Educational Programme

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
17:00 — 19:00 CET

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This 2-hour symposium, chaired by Professor Mohamad Mohty, will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with a world-renowned faculty and hear their expert recommendations on treating patients with graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) using extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP).

GvHD is a major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, a curative treatment for many hematologic cancers and other disorders.

A long-standing treatment for GvHD is ECP, which, unlike other second-line therapies, is not immunosuppressive, has no reported drug interactions, and does not have a negative impact on the graft-versus-malignancy effect of the transplant.1 ECP is used both in the prevention and treatment of GvHD.2 Recent data suggest that ECP leads to reduced steroid use, a positive impact on quality of life, a good response, and prolonged survival in both children and adults with GvHD.2-4 However, as the treatment options for GvHD expand, there is a need for guidance regarding optimal treatment strategies.

Through a comprehensive needs assessment, we have identified the following professional practice gaps relating to ECP:

  • A lack of awareness of the utility of ECP in GvHD, including in prophylaxis, and acute and chronic GvHD
  • Low confidence in selecting patients for ECP
  • Suboptimal knowledge of best-practice recommendations for conducting ECP
  • Suboptimal knowledge of the sequencing of ECP and ECP in combination with other agents

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This programme is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation of Continuing Education for Health Professionals (EBAC) for 2 hours of external CME credit. Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that have actually been spent in the educational activity.

Mohamad Mohty

Welcome and introductions

Hildegard Greinix

What is ECP?



Key considerations for the use of ECP in GvHD

An interactive case-based discussion

  • ECP + steroids as first line treatment of skin predominant acute GVHD
  • ECP + steroids for the treatment of refractory chronic GVHD
Daniel Wolff

Looking to the future



Q&A session

Mohamad Mohty

Closing remarks and evaluation

In compliance with EBAC guidelines, all speakers/chairpersons participating in this programme have disclosed or indicated potential conflicts of interest which might cause a bias in the presentations. The Organizing Committee/Course Director is responsible for ensuring that all potential conflicts of interest relevant to the event are declared to the audience prior to the CME activities.

Learning objectives

Following this symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the latest data and recommendations relating to ECP use in GvHD
  • Identify which patients will benefit from ECP
  • State factors that may warrant avoidance or deferral of ECP
  • State best-practice recommendations for conducting ECP, including treatment schedules, anticoagulation practice, and safety monitoring strategies
  • State when to use ECP in patients with GvHD
  • State when, why, and how to combine ECP with other therapies, such as immunosuppressive agents, for GvHD treatment

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