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Surgical Emergencies in Advanced Cancer Patients

Acute abdominal emergencies in patients with malignancy present a unique set of challenges in management. During Surgical Emergencies in Advanced Cancer Patients webinar, the surgeon panel will outline common diagnoses in advanced cancer patients using case studies to highlight management options.

Target Audience

  • Breast surgeons
  • Colorectal surgeons
  • General surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Physicians in accredited cancer centers and programs 
  • Surgical oncologists

Learning Objectives

  • Describe common indications for acute surgical oncology evaluation such as gastric outlet, small bowel or colonic obstruction as well as bowel perforation, neutropenic enterocolitis, anorectal infections, and common acute surgical problems such as appendicitis and cholecystitis in advanced cancer patients.
  • Discuss diagnostic criteria, treatment modalities, expected outcomes, and indicators of outcome for patients requiring surgical consultation for their malignancy or treatment-related complications of their malignancy.
  • Apply management options including, but not limited to, when to operate and how to manage pre-, intra-, and postoperative choices to patients under their care.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 CE Contact hours
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Speakers / Moderators / Discussants / Authors

Brian Badgwell, MD, FACS – (moderator) Nothing to disclose        
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Alisa Blumenthaler, MD – (speaker) Nothing to disclose        
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Travis Grotz, MD – (speaker) Nothing to disclose        
Mayo Clinic

Caite Hodge, MD – (speaker) Nothing to disclose            
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chris Scally, MD – (speaker) Nothing to disclose            
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Planning Committee / Editorial Committee

Judy Boughey, MD, FACS – Research funding support for clinical trial from Eli Lilly
Mayo Clinic

Christina Roland, MD, FACS – Research funds to institution from Bristol Myers Squibb
MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Asa Carter, MBA, CTR—Nothing to disclose    
American College of Surgeons 

Amanda Francescatti, MS – Nothing to disclose 
American College of Surgeons 

Linda Zheng – Nothing to disclose 
American College of Surgeons 

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this internet enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 CE Contact hours
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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