December 12, 2016

Meeting Registration is now OPEN!
We hope you can join us for the NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting, February 9-11, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston, TX. Registration deadline is January 10, 2017. Please pre-register online for this meeting before the January 10, 2017 deadline! Registering onsite at the meeting will incur an additional $50 fee. Registration and meeting information is available on the NRG Oncology website.

AMENDMENTS AND UPDATES
BRAIN
RTOG 1122 Amendment 11 has been approved by Health Canada. Sites in Canada can access the NOL and TPD forms here.

OTHER PROTOCOL NOTICES
BREAST
NRG-BR002:In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the Kuhn Lab will not be able to receive and process patient samples collected after Thursday, December 22, 2016. The lab will resume normal schedule on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Below are the dates during which patient samples cannot be shipped to the Kuhn Lab:

  • Friday 12/23/2016
  • Monday 12/26/2016 through Friday 12/30/2016
  • Monday 1/2/2017

Please make arrangements to reschedule shipments. If you have questions, please contact: Mariam Rodriguez-Lee at 858-405-9347 or mariamro@usc.edu; or Xiomara Villasenor at 213-821-3051 or kuhnlab@usc.edu.

GYNECOLOGIC
GOG-0274/RTOG 1174: The Clinical Trials Centre (ANZGOG coordinating centre for OUTBACK) will be closed from ‘close of business’ Friday, December 16, 2016 to Monday, January 3, 2017. Emergency cover will be provided however please be aware that response times may be longer than usual. The InForm system will be available throughout the Christmas break for patient randomisations, SAE reporting and data entry. A reminder to sites that step-by-step instructions for enrolling patients in InForm can be found in Section 3 of the OUTBACK Study Handbook. All enquiries relating to the InForm data system and the OUTBACK protocol, should continue to be directed to the OUTBACK mailbox ( outback@ctc.usyd.edu.au).

The VTOC Webinar Training Series schedule and registration is available for NRG Oncology Research Associates working on RTOG 0924, RTOG 0920, NRG-HN001, NRG-HN002, and NRG-CC003. Space is limited so register now and reserve your seat. The next webinar training is scheduled for December 14, 2016.

DRUG SAFETY UPDATES
Safety updates and/or IB notices have been issued for GOG legacy studies. For details, please see the GOG Weekly Mailing page.

Safety updates have been issued for NSABP legacy studies. For details, please see the NSABP E-mail Distributions page and the CTSU website.

Safety Updates have been issued for RTOG legacy studies. For details, please see the RTOG General Broadcast page.

Safety updates have been issued for the following NRG Oncology studies:
Nivolumab: NRG-GY002, NRG-GY003, NRG-BN002

For NRG-GY002 and NRG-GY003 safety reports, please see the protocol page on the NRG Oncology website for details.

For NRG-BN002 safety reports, please see the RTOG General Broadcast page for details.

NRG Oncology presentations at 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

  • Initial results of NSABP B-42: Extended letrozole therapy shows small benefit in postmenopausal women with early-stage, HR-positive breast cancer. Read more
  • Results of NSABP B-52: Addition of estrogen deprivation to adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients may have benefits for some. Read more

Winter holiday closures
Holiday closure information for the NRG Oncology Operations Offices and Statistics and Data Management Centers (SDMCs), Biospecimen Banks, and the Serum Bank at Baylor is posted on the NRG Oncology website under "News; 2016 Announcements."

REMINDER! Please check www.fedex.com for delays during holidays and inclement weather before shipping frozen biospecimens. When there are FedEx alerts, it is best to wait 1 or 2 days before shipping to ensure safe arrival to the biobank. Priority Overnight shipments are not guaranteed during the holidays and may take 2 days.

NRG Oncology is pleased to report the scientific articles and abstracts that have appeared or have been presented during the previous week. This publications report includes links, when available, to the article, PubMed abstract, or association abstract.

JOURNAL ARTICLES
Al-Hallaq HA, Chmura SJ, Salama JK, Lowenstein JR, McNulty S, Galvin JM, Followill DS, Robinson CG, Pisansky TM, Winter KA, White JR, Xiao Y, Matuszak MM. Benchmark Credentialing Results for NRG BR001: The First National Cancer Institute-Sponsored Trial of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Multiple Metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Sep 28. pii: S0360-3016(16)33241-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2016.09.030. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27843033. Read more

Giaddui T, Yu J, Manfredi D, Linnemann N, Hunter J, O'Meara E, Galvin J, Bialecki B, Xiao Y. Structures' validation profiles in Transmission of Imaging and Data (TRIAD) for automated National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) clinical trial digital data quality assurance. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2016 Sep-Oct;6(5):331-3. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2016.01.007. PubMed PMID: 27053498; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4956570. Read more

Gong YU, Yu J, Pang D, Zhen H, Galvin J, Xiao Y. Automated Extraction of Dose/Volume Statistics for Radiotherapy-Treatment-Plan Evaluation in Clinical-Trial Quality Assurance. Front Oncol. 2016 Mar 3;6:47. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2016.00047. PubMed PMID: 26973814; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4776636. Read more

PUBLICATIONS REMINDERS
Please note the following upcoming meeting and abstract submission deadline dates.
Upcoming Meetings
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) GI; Jan 19-21, 2017; San Francisco, CA

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) GU
; Feb 16-18, 2017; Orlando, FL

Upcoming abstract submission deadlines
American College of Radiology (ACR); May 21-25, 2017; Washington DC; meeting abstracts submission deadline Dec 16, 2016

Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC); Jun 22-24, 2017; Washington DC; due to publications committee Dec 16, 2016; meeting abstracts submission deadline Dec 31, 2016 for early abstract submission; due to publications committee Jan 31, 2017; meeting abstracts submission deadline Feb 14, 2017

Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO); Mar 12-15, 2017; National Harbor, MD; meeting abstracts submission deadline Dec 31, 2016 Global session; Dec 5-Jan 8, 2017 LBA

St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference; Mar 15-18, 2017; Vienna, Austria; meeting abstracts submission deadline Dec 15, 2016


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