Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a heterogeneous group of diseases that produce inflammation and fibrosis of the parenchyma, affecting the alveolar, interstitial, and vascular spaces. Drug-induced (DI) ILD is associated with a range of novel targeted therapies for the treatment of multiple cancer types, including immune checkpoint inhibitors, CDK 4/6 inhibitors, EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors, HER2 targeted therapies, and mechanistic target of rapamycin inhibitors.
Although management of low-grade or asymptomatic ILD with corticosteroid treatment and/or treatment interruption may slow or reverse ILD progression, higher-grade/symptomatic ILD requires permanent discontinuation of therapy. Therefore, it is critical that the interprofessional care team is prepared to monitor for and detect anti-cancer therapy–induced ILD. This educational activity will review the latest evidence and strategies for the early detection of medication-induced ILD and pneumonitis and appropriate management strategies to overcome these treatment challenges in patients who receive select anti-cancer therapies. Expert thought leaders will present relevant information about cancer therapy–induced ILD and pneumonitis and how to integrate the latest advances into real-world clinical practice regarding differential diagnosis, hallmark signs/symptoms, recommended management strategies, implications of patient/caregiver education, and the essentials of team-based management to optimize patient outcomes.