Spring 2022 SWOG Hybrid Group Meeting

SWOG's Spring 2022 Hybrid Group Meeting will take place April 6-9 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle and online. All session times are in Pacific Time (PT). For Group Meeting questions not answered here, you can send us a message to meetings@swog.org. Registration has reopened, FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDEES ONLYOnsite registration for in person attendees will open on Wednesday at 6:30 am PT.

UPDATED Vaccination Requirements

In keeping with best practices at meetings of medical professionals, in-person attendees MUST be fully vaccinated including a booster shot and must provide proof of full vaccination, to gain entry to the meeting.  Fully vaccinated is defined as having received all doses of an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine, plus a booster shot at least 6 days before arrival. Failure to provide proof of vaccination will result in the attendee being unable to participate in person at the SWOG conference.  In such circumstances, SWOG will not refund any fees paid to travel to the meeting or hotel fees. Please visit our Health & Safety page for additional details regarding mandates and safety precautions.

All Sessions Will Also Be Live-Streamed

If you are unable to travel to the Seattle meeting, or if you cannot or choose not to comply with the vaccination mandate, please join us online for live-streamed sessions. Remote attendees and presenters can access call links for open sessions on our virtual meeting webpage.  Call-in details for invitation-only meetings will not be posted but instead will be sent out by email to all those invited.

Virtual Attendee Registration

Virtual Meeting Webpage

Meeting Agendas

  • Meeting Booklet
  • Report of Studies
  • Exhibitor Information: Exhibits will be held April 7-8 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Pharmaceutical Partners: We look forward to your participation at the SWOG 2022 Spring Group Meeting!
    Please note: SWOG has updated the registration policy to ensure we can maintain meetings of the highest caliber.  Pharma partners attending in person and not specifically invited to present as part of the Group Meeting Agenda will be required to pay a per person registration fee of $250.

    Please visit The Hope Foundation’s Group Meeting Registration Payment Page to make any necessary payments.  Payment can be made via credit card or check.  Questions can be directed to Morgan Cox at morgan@thehopefoundation.org // (734) 998-6887.
  • Speaker/Planner Disclosures (available late March)
Tweeting the meeting? Please use the hashtag #swogonc.

Group Meeting and Travel Logistics


Hotel Reservations

You can reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency online or by calling 206-973-1234. When calling, ask for the SWOG room block. The Group room rate is $284 plus tax. The cut-off date for making reservations is March 11. Any reservations after that time will be based on rate and space availability. To cancel or change your Hyatt reservation, call 206-973-1234.


Need Special Accommodations?

If you need special arrangements or accommodations to fully participate in all Group Meeting functions, please contact the meetings manager at 210-614-8808, ext. 1009 after you register online.

Group Meeting Funding/Travel Support

SWOG Board of Governors Travel Support

The Hope Foundation provides travel funding for current members of the SWOG Board of Governors to facilitate their participation in the SWOG Group Meeting and BoG session.  Some restrictions apply.

Deadline to request support:  March 2

Committee Support: Group Meetings

SWOG disease, research, and administrative committee chairs may request up to $15,000 annually from The Hope Foundation to support committee efforts at group meetings that are not currently funded by the NCTN or NCORP grants.  Funds may be used for invited speakers, member or guest travel, food and beverages, committee dinner meetings, etc.

Deadline to apply:  March 2

Nurse/CRA Travel Support

The Hope Foundation provides funding to support travel for member CRAs and nurses to attend the group’s annual meetings. The Foundation will review applications and notify funded travelers directly. Support is non-transferable; only those who are specifically chosen to attend may use the awarded funding.

Deadline to apply:  February 7

Questions? Contact Morgan Cox at The Hope Foundation (morgan@thehopefoundation.org).

SWOG MaD Money: Modality and Discipline Travel Support Program

SWOG is interested in supporting a wide cross section of disciplines and treatment modalities to ensure robust input into the group's developing clinical trials.

Recognizing that travel to SWOG group meetings -- a key venue for interaction among SWOG investigators -- is not always financially supported by institutions, we are providing a mechanism to help support meeting travel costs for investigators who are not medical oncologists.

The SWOG MaD Travel Money program provides successful applicants with coach-class air transportation and two nights standard lodging at the meeting facility. The program is open to investigators from disciplines other than hematology/oncology, such as surgeons, radiation oncologists, cardiologists, pharmacists, and general practitioners with oncology research experience.

Program applications for the Spring 2022 SWOG Group Meeting in Seattle are accepted until 4 p.m. PST, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. To apply for MaD funding, please visit the following link and complete the online form.  All fields must be completed, and a biosketch is required: SWOG MaD Webform.

Group Meeting Event Information

Plenary Part I (TM)

SWOG Vice Chair for Translational Medicine  Professor of Surgical Oncology and Molecular and Cellular Oncology  The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The spring meeting's Translational Medicine Plenary will take place Thursday, April 7, 3:00 - 4:30 pm PT. Speakers and topics:

  • Introductory Comments
    Lee M. Ellis, MD, Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine
  • Update on Hope Foundation Award-Funded Work
    Priyanka Sharma, MD
    Univ of Kansas Cancer Center
  • Genitourinary Translational Medicine
    David J. McConkey, PhD
    Johns Hopkins University
  • CIMAC Update
    Ignacio I. Wistuba, MD
    MD Anderson Cancer Center

Plenary Part II (General)

Chuck Blanke, MD

SWOG's spring 2022 general plenary session will take place Friday, April 8, 12:00 - 2:00 pm PT.

“Year of Progress: Myeloma, GU, & NCORP,” will feature research committee updates from Drs. Robert Orlowski, Ian Thompson, and Dawn Hershman on their committees’ most significant results and undertakings over the last year, perhaps with glimpses of the year to come. Presentations will be followed by brief Q&A sessions.

  • Chair’s Welcome and Update
    Charles D. Blanke, MD, SWOG Group Chair
  • Myeloma Research Updates
    Robert Z. Orlowski, MD, PhD, Myeloma Committee Chair
  • Genitourinary Research Updates
    Ian M. Thompson, Jr., MD, Genitourinary Committee Chair
  • NCORP Research Updates
    Dawn L. Hershman, MD, MS, SWOG Vice Chair for NCORP Research


Robert B. Livingston Lecture

Daniel F. Hayes

This spring's Robert B. Livingston Lecture will be presented within the breast committee session, Friday, April 8, 2022, 3:30 pm PT:

  • "Collaborations with Bob Livingston: A Lasting Legacy"
    Daniel F. Hayes, MD
    University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center 

Dr. Robert Boyd Livingston was a superb clinician and clinical trialist who greatly impacted the field of cancer research. Within the SWOG Cancer Research Network, he served as chair of both the lung cancer committee (1974-1997) and the breast cancer committee (2000-2008).

In his honor and with the support of his wife Shirley, SWOG established the Dr. Robert B. Livingston Translational Breast and Lung Cancer Lectureship. The lectureship brings a special guest speaker to SWOG group meetings, alternating between a focus on lung and breast cancer advances in translational medicine.

CRA Clinical Trials Training Course

The Clinical Trials Training Course will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 7:20 am - 4:00 pm PT. It introduces the fundamentals of SWOG and National Cancer Institute (NCI) policies and procedures. It provides the foundation to efficiently perform responsibilities as a Clinical Research Associate. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Agenda   Course Description

CTTC Certificates

Site Operations

The Site Operations meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 5:30-7:30 pm PT.  SWOG values the research personnel who work with Investigators to “make research happen.” It "takes a village" to lead research sites and make it possible for participants to enroll on trials. This special perspective is the focus of Site Operations, a subcommittee of the Oncology Research Professionals (ORP) Committee. A variety of practical topics will be discussed, including:

  • SWOG statistical and operations updates
  • NCI changes and new information
  • SWOG quality assurance topics and questions

This meeting is open to everyone and provides an opportunity to hear updates and ask questions.  Please join us!

Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium

The Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 7, 8:00 - 11:30 am PT.  Topics for this symposium include:

  • Tumor Response and Assessment
  • CTSU Updates
  • New SWOG Ops Resources
  • A Panel Discussion on Staff Turnover

This meeting is open to everyone.  Please join us!

Oncology Research Professionals Open Forum

Connie M. Szczepanek, RN,BSN

The ORP Open Forum is set for Thursday, April 7, 12:30-2:00 pm PT. This forum offers a great opportunity to get answers to your clinical trial questions and to address the science and technical research issues that challenge us today! Join us to discuss interesting topics including:

  • Walk-through of the new SWOG CRA Workbench Website Interface
  • Back by popular demand! Test Your Knowledge: an Interactive Q&A Session – make sure to bring your laptops to participate in the answer polling
  • Additional opportunities to ask questions on SWOG Operations, resources, quality assurance issues, and specimen handling

This meeting is open to everyone and provides an opportunity to hear updates and ask questions.  Please join us!

Oncology Advanced Practice Providers Can Enhance Clinical Research

Please plan to attend this Special Research Base Intergroup Symposium on Friday, April 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PT.  This symposium is sponsored by the SWOG Nursing Research Subcommittee, Palliative and End of Life Care Committee, and funded by The Hope Foundation. This is a symposium for all stakeholders, members of all disciplines are invited!

Find out how to leverage the power of APPs in your setting to expand access to clinical trials for your patients. Presentations and a panel of experts from the NCI and Research Bases will include examples of best practices in both academic and community sites. This symposium is the first component of an initiative to increase APP involvement and will be followed by an APP-specific workshop at the Fall meeting. We hope you can join us!

Radiation Oncology: Targeting Oligometastatic Disease in GU Cancers

This special symposium will be held Friday, April 8, from 9:00 - 11:00 am PT.  The symposium will cover the use of radiosurgery for metastatic genitourinary cancers. Presentations will include defining oligometastic disease, considerations when integrating systemic therapy and radiation for metastatic cancer, radiomics of oligomets, practical considerations, QA considerations, and much more.  This will be an informative symposium you won't want to miss!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in GU Oncology in SWOG

This featured symposium will be held Saturday, April 9, from 12:00 - 2:00 pm PT.  This will be an interactive session focused on developing goals and task forces to initiate steps to enhance DEI within the SWOG GU committee (but with broader relevance for the organization).

During the panel, each panelist will provide a brief introduction to the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion from their perspective and the work they have done followed by Q&A so we can hear concerns from the membership and learn from each others’ experiences.