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SWOG Update
April 2010

Welcome to the April 2010 SWOG Update.

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

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Study Updates  
S0941: TKIs against biliary cancers
bile ducts illustration Just launched, S0941 tests combined erlotinib and sorafenib on patients with unresectable or metastasized gallbladder carcinoma or cholangiocarcinoma. [more]
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SWOG Spotlight:
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It's official: SWOG treatment grant renewed

We've had informal word for months that it would happen, but official notice from NCI's CTEP of SWOG's six-year treatment grant renewal arrived with the start of spring. [more]
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Nathan Eriksen ADMINISTRATA: Speeding protocol and contract development
In the first installment of an occasional column, SWOG Chief of Administration Nathan Eriksen lays out some of the steps SWOG is taking to go the Operational Efficiency Working Group's recommendations one better. [more]

SELECT Biorepository Symposium, May 4
SELECT logo The SELECT and PCPT trials have collected a valuable set of biospecimens and associated data. A May 4th session in Dallas will give the research community input on how decisions are made as to which researchers will be able to use the materials. [more]

Funding opportunities: Correlative studies from multi-site trials
The NCI has two funding programs targeted at supporting correlative science that uses materials from multi-site trials. [more]

Ian Thompson, Jr., M.D. Ian Thompson named director of CTRC
After half a year as interim director, SWOG's GU Committee chair has been named director of the Cancer Treatment Research Center at UT San Antonio. [more]

CRA Committee openings, spring 2010
The CRA Executive Committee is looking for CRAs interested in leadership roles within the CRA Committee. [more]

Handling pharmaceuticals: Training video available
All CRAs are encouraged to complete this online training module. [more]

SWOG abstracts at national meetings
ASCO logo Recent SWOG abstracts accepted for presentation at national meetings include 11 to be presented at ASCO 2010. [more]

SWOG welcomes new sites
SWOG's newest sites include new network components linked to the University of Utah and the Kansas City CCOP. [more]

S0337 protocol card Protocol cards help keep up awareness of trials
They're designed to fit in a lab coat pocket to provide a handy reference when screening potential participants in a trial. [more]

SWOG slide template New SWOG slide template available
A new design for SWOG slides is available for member download. [more]

Shipped biospecimens need to keep their cool
As we move into warm(er) weather, it's more important than ever that biospecimens be well cooled before shipment. Especially when they're headed to Arizona. [more]

CALGB's new Specimen Tracking System (STS) takes off
CALGB Specimen Tracking System logo Our sister cooperative group has a new tool for speeding the recording and tracking of biospecimens. [more]

Resource for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers on NCI site
Presentations from a summer 2009 workshop sponsored by the NCI are now available. [more]

Did You Know ...?
The $120+ million total treatment grant package expected over the next six years to support SWOG clinical trials includes U10 grants to twelve SWOG institutions:
  • City of Hope Hospital, Duarte, CA
  • Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Puget Sound Oncology Consortium, Seattle, WA
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • University of California - Davis, Davis, CA
  • University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Help wanted
Need help? Post it here. Need a job? Take a look. [more]

In next month's issue:

  • Update on the Spring 2010 Group Meeting
  • Chair's letter to members on the IOM report on cooperative groups

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