Pandemic aside (!), we had a stellar spring.

SWOG Cancer Research Network members made 31 presentations at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, ASCO’s online version of its annual meeting. Held in May, ASCO20 Virtual featured the scientific portion of the ASCO agenda, with education sessions coming in August.

Because disseminating results of our cancer research is so important, we’ll be casting a bright spotlight on some of our key study results with a “Best of SWOG at ASCO” webinar. The session will be held one week from today – Friday, July 10 – at 2 pm PT (5 pm ET) via WebEx, our group’s standard online meeting platform. You can register for the meeting here. We’ll have the capacity to host up to 1,000 attendees.

The “Best of SWOG” webinar will last for an hour, and I’ll be hosting. Talks will be no more than eight minutes in length, and include no more than eight slides, so members can get succinct snapshots of the many successes of our SWOG teams. To save time, we will not hold a Q&A after each presentation, but the WebEx chat function will be operational. Speakers will collate questions posted in the chat box – and supply answers – and our staff will distribute those Q&A documents after the webinar.
Here is our “Best of SWOG at ASCO” line-up:

- Lung cancer highlights: Dr. Karen Kelly
- Symptom control and quality of life highlights: Drs. Mike Fisch and Lynn Henry
- Myeloma committee highlights: Dr. Saad Usmani  
- Melanoma committee highlights: Dr. Ken Grossmann
- Palliative and end of life care highlights: Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah
- Genitourinary highlights: Dr. Peter Black  

I can’t take credit for this terrific idea. It’s the brain child of SWOG Vice Chair Dr. Lee Ellis, who wanted a way to bring members together during this tumultuous time and keep us focused on advancing cancer medicine and science – our core mission.

I embraced the idea, as did SWOG Executive Officer Dr. Julie Gralow and other members of our executive team. The webinar is a great way to bring us up-to-date on what our colleagues here at SWOG have been presenting to the rest of the world. If the session is a hit, we can hold another later this summer to feature work from other SWOG committees that was presented at ASCO20, and also at AACR’s virtual sessions held in April and June.

If you accidentally delete this incredibly important message, don’t worry. The registration link will be posted on as an announcement. So enjoy your July 4 holiday, and see you online on Friday, July 10.

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