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SWOG Update
August 2011

Welcome to the August 2011 SWOG Update.

For all members and friends of SWOG, the SWOG Update will keep you informed of what's happening with the group. News to report? Send it to

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Chair's Corner  
Bench and beside, side by side
Laurence H. Baker photo The presence of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists on the dias at SWOG’s October plenary is only one benefit of what we hope will be a long and fruitful alliance. [more]

Study Updates  

image of surgical lymphadenectomy S1011: Radical cystectomy: How many nodes to take?
No randomized trial has tackled the relationship between the extent of lymphadenectomy and disease progression or survival in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Until now. [more]

7 trial sites across Latin America S0701: H. pylori treatment as gastric cancer prevention
A large SWOG study has identified the best antibiotic regimen against H. pylori in Latin America populations, and it differs from European and Asian findings. [more]

AML cells at 400x S0535, S0703, E2905: Three leukemia studies reopened after supply problems resolved
The withdrawal of Mylotarg from the commercial market and a shortage of Procrit had brought three leukemia trials to a halt. Problems solved; full speed ahead. [more]

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SWOG Spotlight:
Fall plenary links Cold Spring Harbor Lab scientists with SWOG clinical researchers

The plenary session at SWOG's fall group meeting in San Antonio will bring together eminent laboratory researchers with leading clinical researchers. Don't miss "Bench to bedside: Connecting the docs" on Friday, October 14, 2011, 12:15 - 2:45 p.m., Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency San Antonio. [more]

DNA-microarray of Burkitt's lymphoma and DLBCL SWOG Development Awards support two lymphoma projects
Two proposals, both for projects exploring new therapies for B-cell lymphomas, will be funded by the latest round of SWOG Development Awards. [more]

James M. Rae, Ph.D. Rae named new SWOG executive officer
Carolyn Hoban, D. Sc., has stepped down as SWOG executive officer, and James M. Rae, Ph.D., has stepped up as new executive officer with responsibility for overseeing translational medicine efforts. [more]

2011 Young Investigators chosen
Drs. Afsenah Barzi, Mariana Chavez-MacGregor, Jennifer Klemp, and Sumanta Pal The 2011 SWOG Young Investigators Training Course will bring four future SWOG leaders to Seattle next month for clinical trials boot camp. [more]

Educational resource for new clinical trials nurses
A new Oncology Nursing Society web course, "Shedding Light on Clinical Research: An Introduction to Clinical Trials Nursing," is ideal for nurses with less than two years of experience in a clinical trials setting, but can also serve as a refresher course. [more]

Editable study calendars now online
study calendar spreadsheet CRAs: Wouldn't it be great if you could simply download a copy of a study's treatment calendar as a spreadsheet and quickly modify it for tracking an individual patient? Now you can. [more]

Clarifying specimen collection rules
specimen collection vials Recent SWOG audits have noted some common deficiencies in the specimen collection process at sites. Here are SWOG's standard practice guidelines. [more]

Clock's ticking: Deadlines
  • Sept 30, 2011: SELECT/PCPT Biorepository project LoI deadline
  • Oct 12, 2011: Next round of proposals for SWOG research awards due

Did You Know ...?
SWOG's two primary research funding opportunities for investigators -- the SWOG Development Awards and the SWOG Priority Research Resubmission (SPR2) Grants -- now accept proposals three times a year, in February, June, and October. Learn more.
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Recent SWOG publications
More than a dozen new peer-reviewed articles and abstracts join SWOG's long record of published cancer knowledge. [more]

New sites, new PIs
SWOG welcomes its newest member sites and principal investigators. [more]

In the news
S0701 garnered press attention last month, and several SWOG leaders were interviewed for New York Times articles. [more]

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