Hearing the words “How I Treat” might stir up a diverse array of concepts for hematologists. It can refer to both the popular compendium series of Blood articles as well as the format of talks given at the ASH Meeting on Hematologic Malignancies, but it is always associated with practical, expert strategies applied to real-world clinical questions. And this is precisely what the session “How I Treat: Bringing Science to Clinical Dilemmas” aims to deliver this year in Orlando.

These ticketed sessions will cover 11 topics presented by experts invited from around the world, and are intended for a smaller audience to encourage maximum interaction. “The small group format of the ‘How I Treat’ Sessions provides a dynamic opportunity for expert faculty to exchange with attendees the latest data regarding challenging content areas in hematology,” said Jason Gotlib, MD, MS, a 2019 Education Program co-chair. “These organic discussions often touch on useful clinical pearls and translational aspects of disease diagnosis and treatment.”

Dr. Gotlib cited a few of the themes that can be anticipated in the domain of malignant diseases this year, including the use of MRD testing to guide treatment decisions in CLL, interpreting next-generation sequencing data in patients with clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminant potential and hematolymphoid neoplasms, management of monoclonal gammopathies of clinical significance, and treatment algorithms for eosinophilic neoplasms based on their semi-molecular classification.

Other sessions represent a solid cross-section of some of the most thought-provoking issues in nonmalignant hematology faced in the clinic today. “This year’s program focuses on clinical diagnostic and management challenges in the nonmalignant hematology setting, including management of direct oral anticoagulant reversal, diagnosis of congenital platelet disorders, management of hemolytic anemias, and bone marrow failure syndromes,” said Education Program Co-Chair Elisabeth Battinelli, MD, PhD. “These challenging clinical conundrums will offer attendees a chance to hear from the experts on topics that are often seen in consultative hematology.”

 

Lectures

The “How I Treat” sessions take place Saturday and Sunday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and a boxed lunch will be provided. Tickets may be purchased on-site during registration hours at the Ticketed Sessions Counter in the Orange County Convention Center (West Building Level 1 Concourse – map it), and a set amount of tickets will be reserved for trainees.

Check the ASH Annual Meeting App for additional details.

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