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ONCO110-0915: Cancer and the Immune System
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.
Amanda Guth, DVM, PhD
September 14-October 8, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Mondays, September 21 and 28, 2015; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
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*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians
actively interested in the immune system and its role in preventing cancer.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians.
This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
The immune system plays an important role in preventing cancer and attacking
malignant cells once a tumor occurs. This course is designed to explain the
interplay between tumor cells and the immune system during tumor development,
with an emphasis on the key immune cells that play roles in both eliminating
the tumor cells as well as assisting in tumor growth, as well as how the tumor
tricks the immune system in order to prevent antitumor immunity. Moreover, this
course will cover novel cancer immunotherapeutics, both currently available for
veterinary use and novel therapies being researched. After this course, participants
will have a better understanding of tumor immunity and available immune
system-based therapies to better inform their clients and consider alternate
This course consists of two(2) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- understand the 3E's (elimination, equilibrium and escape) of tumor
development in an immune competent animal.
- learn about the key immune cells that play roles in tumor elimination
and tumor progression.
- know what cancer immunotherapies have been tested in veterinary patients and
which ones are currently available for use in small animals.
- know what new immunotherapies are being researched and might appear
in the veterinary market at some point.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
- Withrow SJ, Vail DM, Page R.
Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology. 5e. Saunders 2012.
Available at the VIN Bookstore:
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Dr. Guth received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Colorado Health
Sciences Center where she studied B cells and autoimmunity at National
Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. She then completed her DVM at Colorado
State University in 2007 and worked as a post-doctoral fellow studying
lung immunology and innate immunity in cancer. She currently is a Research
Scientist at Colorado State University where she studies the role of
myeloid cells in cancer and the development of novel immunotherapies for
cancer and metastatic disease. She also has an interest in developing novel
cancer vaccines and understanding the role of the immune system in combination
immunotherapy and chemotherapy or radiation therapy. She teaches classes
on tumor immunology, clinical trials and large animal immunology.
She co-wrote the Immunotherapy Chapter in
Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology
textbook and the Cancer Immunotherapy chapter in
Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy Volume XV
(Real Time Session September 21, 2015):
Tumor is a wound that does not heal
- Evidence for immunosurveillance
- 3 E's of tumor development
- Key antitumor innate immune cells
- Key antitumor adaptive immune cells
Cells that promote tumor cells
- Inflammatory cells
- T regulatory cells
(Real Time Session September 28, 2015):
CE Credits: 4
- Currently available therapies
- Melanoma Vaccine
- Tested therapies
- Recombinant cytokine therapy
- Future Immunotherapies
- Tumor vaccines
- Monoclonal antibody therapy
- Adoptive cells transfers
Member $84 ($76 early bird special if enrolled by September 7, 2015)
Non-Member $157 ($141 early bird special if enrolled by September 7, 2015)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close on September 21, 2015 at 5 pm ET (USA)
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
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