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SWOG Update
March 2012

Welcome to the March 2012 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  
SWOG's most important question
Laurence H. Baker photo As part of a new network, we'll be judged not by how well our individual committees do but by how well we do as a group. We all believe our own trial is important, but we have to ask "Is this the most important question SWOG could ask?" [more]

Study Updates  

omega-3 capsules S0927: Omega-3s for AI pain
Aromatase-inhibitors cause joint pain and stiffness in up to one-half of women taking them. Omega-3-fatty acids can help joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Can they help AI pain? [more]

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SWOG Spotlight:
Protocol development is speeding up

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SWOG's efforts to increase efficiency and speed in developing protocols and launching trials are paying off: SWOG has cut its median protocol development time to less than one-half of what it had been.

On February 8, 2012, SWOG activated trial S1201, a randomized phase II trial, just 198 days after concept submission -- a record in an era when multiple review and revision cycles have inflated the development timeline. The 198 days is also less than the timeframe allowed for developing such a trial in the 2009 guidelines laid down by the National Cancer Institute's Operational Efficiency Working Group (OEWG).


John Crowley, Ph.D. Crowley to step down as group statistician
After leading SWOG's Statistical Center for almost three decades, Group Statistician John Crowley, Ph.D., will step down following the group's spring meeting. Here are some of the highlights of his legacy. [more]

Michael LeBlanc, Ph.D. LeBlanc in line to be new SWOG group statistician
SWOG statistician Michael LeBlanc, Ph.D., has been nominated to take the top spot at the SWOG Statistical Center. The group's Board of Governors will officially decide on April 14th at SWOG's spring meeting. [more]

Group chair nomination process approaches goal
With the decision of SWOG Group Chair Laurence Baker, D.O., not to seek another term, the group by-laws dictated the process of selecting the next group chair, a process well underway. Those Board of Governors members who are eligible to vote and who are present April 14th in San Francisco will elect the new chair. [more]

Spring 2012 plenary ad Spring plenary session: SWOG views of ASCO milestones
SWOG committee leaders will offer perspective on ASCO's list of 2011's most significant clinical advances, and will anticipate SWOG's future contributions to such lists. [more]

Two projects receive SWOG Development Awards
Two projects applying new lab technologies to unlocking cancer secrets have been funded with the latest round of SWOG Development Awards. [more]

Jeri & Noboru Oishi Symposium combines Nurses Workshop and CRA Plenary
Dr. Noboru and Jeri Oishi have not only recognized the need for quality continuing education for nurses and CRAs in an era of austerity, they have done something about it. [more]

Special symposium: Molecular pathways in clinical trials Group Meeting Special Symposium: Molecular pathways in clinical trials
James Hicks, Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is chairing a special Saturday morning symposium on molecular pathways in clinical trials. All are invited. [more]

Medidata Rave logo Attention CRAs! Changes to Medidata Rave online data submission coming!
SWOG and its sister cooperative groups will all transition to a commercial data submission system called Medidate Rave in the coming months. [more]

SWOG Biorepository submission updates
SWOG has completed its transition to a single biospecimen bank at Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio. Here's some information on changes in process. [more]

Twitter logo Twitter: SWOG in ≤ 140 characters
The tweeting coming from SWOG's Group Chair's Office isn't just staff whistling while they work. [more]

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Recent SWOG Publications
This listing of the last two months of publications gets longer with each issue. [more]

Clock's ticking: Deadlines

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Did You Know ...?
SWOG researchers have submitted a record 28 abstracts to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2012 annual meeting. This compares to 13 submitted to ASCO 2011 (all of which were accepted).
COG & Aflac offer awards for AYA young investigators
The Children's Oncology Group (COG) and the Aflac Foundation are offering two awards for outstanding investigators early in their careers who are interested in adolescent and young adult oncology research. [more]

NIH website educates public on clinical trials
Clinical trials are badly in need of an image makeover. The National Institutes of Health has launched a site to help the public see beyond the misconceptions. [more]

New sites, new PIs
SWOG welcomes numerous new sites and sees new PIs take the reins at some current sites. [more]

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