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SWOG at ASCO 2015

May 29, 2015 - ASCO 2015 is underway, and as in previous years, SWOG is well-represented. With 20 SWOG-led abstracts this year, and an additional 11 SWOG-associated abstracts, our numbers for 2015 compare favorably to our numbers from the past few years.

ASCO Annual Meeting Abstracts 2011-2015







SWOG led/overall total






SWOG led/total ORAL presentations






You can see the full list of SWOG-related abstracts and their times and locations online, but here are the details on the four SWOG-led oral presentations being given in Chicago (NB: 80405 was co-led by SWOG and the Alliance; two additional oral presentations came out of secondary analyses not coordinated by SWOG).

SWOG-led Abstracts Presented Orally at ASCO 2015


Abstract Title/Abstract Link


Abstract Number

Session Time & Place


Phase III trial of bisphosphonates as adjuvant therapy in primary breast cancer: SWOG/ Alliance/ ECOG-ACRIN/ NCIC Clinical Trials Group/ NRG Oncology study S0307

JR Gralow, et al.


Session: Breast Cancer-HER2/ER

Date/Time: 6/1/15, 8-11:00 am (9-9:12 am)

Location: N Hall B1


SWOG S0518: phase III prospective randomized comparison of depot octreotide plus interferon alpha versus depot octreotide plus bevacizumab (NSC #704865) in advanced, poor prognosis carcinoid patients

JC Yao, et al.


Session: Gastrointestinal (Non-colorectal)

Date/Time: 5/31/15, 8-11:00 am (9:12-9:24 am)

Location: E Hall D2


Long term consequences of intermittent and continuous androgen deprivation in patients with metastatic prostate cancer

DL Hershman, et al.


Session: Prostate

Date/Time: 5/31/15, 9:45 am-12:30 pm (12:09 -12:21 pm)

Location: E Arie Crown Theater


Value of information analyses for real-time prioritization decisions within a cancer clinical trials cooperative group

C Savage Bennette, et al.


Session: Health Services Research and Quality of Care

Date/Time: 5/30/15,1:15-4:15 PM

(3:15- 3:27 PM)

Location: S102

Of course, a count of abstracts presented is only one metric we might use to quantify SWOG's presence and impact at the annual ASCO meeting. We could also compile a list of sessions chaired or keynoted by SWOG leaders and other active group members. They may or may not be involved with sessions highlighting SWOG research, but their selection to officiate speaks to the high regard our investigators are held in by their peers/other experts. The lists below are in no way comprehensive, but here are a few such sessions that were held on Friday, May 29:

  • Breast Committee Chair Gabriel Hortobagyi co-chaired a special Global Oncology Symposium
  • Young Investigators Task Force Chair Cathy Eng chaired a ticketed Clinical Problems in Oncology Session titled "Treating Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: The Role of Chemotherapy, Ablation, and Surgery"
  • SWOG Study Chair for CTSU/9177 Michelle A. Fanale chaired the education session "Incorporating Novel Agents into Lymphoma Therapy: Value in Everyday Practice"
  • Lung-MAP Co-PI Roy Herbst chaired an educational symposium titled "Transforming Immuno-Oncology Across Solid Tumors: Targeting Pathways, Efficacy, and Combinations"

And here are a number of sessions you can hopefully still catch, if you're in Chicago:

  • Outgoing Prevention Committee Co-Chair Powel Brown chairs an education session titled "Breast Cancer Chemoprevention: Proven but Publicly Ignored -- An Update of Benefit and Risk Data" (Sat, May 30, 8-9:15 am, S100bc)
  • Lung Committee Chair David Gandara is a keynote speaker at an educational symposium titled "Novel Perspectives in Personalizing EGFR-Targeted Therapy in NSCLC: Frontline and Overcoming Resistance" (Sun, May 31, 7-9 pm, Sheraton Chicago, Ballroom VI)
  • GU Committee Vice-Chair Nicholas Vogelzang chairs an education session on "Integrating New Approaches in Complicated Bladder Cancer" (Mon, June 1, 8-9:15 am, E Hall D2)
  • Thomas Semrad, Co-PI on S0819, co-chairs a GI poster discussion session on colorectal cancer (Mon, June 1, 1:15-2:30 pm, E Hall D1)
  • Lung-MAP Co-PI Vassiliki Papadimitrakopoulou chairs an oral abstract session on head and neck cancer (Mon, June 1, 1:15-4:15 pm, S100bc)
  • S1211 Study Chair Saad Usmani chairs an education session on "Personalized Therapy for Multiple Myeloma in a Value-Oriented Environment" (Tues, June 2, 8-9:15 am, E354b). Later that morning, he co-chairs an oral abstract myeloma session (Tues, June 2, 9:45 am - 12:45 pm, E354b)

I am unbelievably proud of the SWOG researchers and faculty. If you're in Chicago for ASCO 2015, I hope to see you here. If you're not, I hope you take an opportunity to review some of the results of the wonderful work we do, via the ASCO website or JCO.


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