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The Diagnostic Journey of Patients With Suspected Cancer: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going?

  • Authors: Robin B. Mendelsohn, MD; Hugh S. Taylor, MD; Praveen Chenna, MD; Andrew Tassler, MD
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 9/21/2021
  • Valid for credit through: 9/21/2022
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, otolaryngologists, obstetricians/gynecologists (Ob/Gyns), and primary care providers.

The goal of this activity is to increase physicians' understanding of the diagnostic journey of patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of a malignancy.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Identification of symptoms that should be followed for potential cancer diagnosis
    • Appropriate screening strategies when cancer is suspected
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to
    • Communicate effectively with patients during their diagnostic journey


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  • Robin B. Mendelsohn, MD

    Associate Attending and Clinical Director
    Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Service
    Department of Medicine
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, New York


    Disclosure: Robin B. Mendelsohn, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Advisor or consultant for: Exact Sciences

  • Hugh S. Taylor, MD

    Professor and Chair
    Department of Obstetrics
    Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
    Yale School of Medicine
    New Haven, Connecticut


    Disclosure: Hugh S. Taylor, MD, has no relevant financial relationships.

  • Praveen Chenna, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Assistant Director of Interventional Pulmonology​
    Program Director
    Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship
    Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    Washington University in St Louis
    St. Louis, Missouri


    Disclosure: Praveen Chenna, MD, has no relevant financial relationships.

  • Andrew Tassler, MD

    Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Specialist
    Weill Cornell Medicine
    New York, New York


    Disclosure: Andrew Tassler, MD, has no relevant financial relationships.


  • Keisha Peters, MSc

    Medical Education Director, WebMD Global, LLC


    Disclosure: Keisha Peters, MSc, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Charlotte Warren

    Senior Director, Content Development, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Charlotte Warren has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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  • Amanda Jett, PharmD, BCACP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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The Diagnostic Journey of Patients With Suspected Cancer: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going?

Authors: Robin B. Mendelsohn, MD; Hugh S. Taylor, MD; Praveen Chenna, MD; Andrew Tassler, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 9/21/2021

Valid for credit through: 9/21/2022



Contents of This CME Activity

All sections of this activity are required for credit.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Watch this patient vignette and listen to Dr Mendelsohn discuss some of the challenges of screening for colorectal cancer (CRC).
Robin B. Mendelsohn, MD

Screening for Gynecologic Cancers

Dr Taylor looks at the range of screening issues in gynecologic cancers, from the successes of cervical cancer to the challenges of ovarian cancer.
Hugh S. Taylor, MD

Lung Cancer Screening

Watch this patient vignette and listen to Dr Chenna discuss the expansion of screening for lung cancer, as well as the challenges involved.
Praveen Chenna, MD

Screening for Head and Neck Cancer

Dr Tassler highlights the index of suspicion for cases of head and neck cancer.
Andrew Tassler, MD

Early Screening Platforms

Drs Chenna and Mendelsohn discuss the emergence of early screening platforms as strategies for cancer screening.
Praveen Chenna, MD; Robin B. Mendelsohn, MD

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