Dr. Kevin Kalinsky Receives SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award

Dr. Kevin Kalinsky, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has been granted a SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award. Project title: “Master regulator analysis to prioritize testing of patient-derived xenografts to identify effective precision treatments for patients with residual disease after neoadjuvant breast cancer chemotherapy” Project description: Precision medicine tailors treatment to the individual. …

More on the Importance of Cancer Clinical Trials

A primary goal of the Kilimanjaro Climb is to raise awareness of cancer clinical trials in order to inform the public and help patients participate in studies.  SWOG patient advocate Anna Gottlieb, founder and executive director of Gilda’s Club Seattle, recently shared these thoughts with us:   I’ve been a SWOG patient advocate for many years …

New Opportunities for SWOG, and More to Come

Greetings, Amidst the end-of-year onslaught of well deserving messages, it’s hard to make space for yet another one…I am doing so because SWOG research and your research matters. It matters for patients, for the research community, and for the notable progress in cancer treatment and prevention led by Network Group trials.  It’s been a busy …

SWOG Task Force Seeks Feedback

SWOG convened a task force earlier this year to ensure some uniformity in how SWOG mentors its younger researchers and prepares future Group leaders. The Young Investigator Task Force has since compiled a short survey to help review its progress and shape future efforts. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts! [cta]Take the Survey[/cta] …

Dana Sparks Celebrates 25th Year with SWOG

Congratulations to  Dana B. Sparks, M.A.T., Director of Operations and Protocols, who celebrates 25 years with SWOG (and counting!) today. In honor of Dana’s achievement, we proudly share her retrospective. – When I first came to work at SWOG in December of 1989, I was hired as a Protocol Coordinator for the Breast, Lymphoma, Head …

Training Update: Hardy Ridge Hike

Last week’s training included multiple hikes in the Columbia River Gorge area. Beautiful views! And of course the biking and swimming continue, now with added ice hazards, given the cold snap in the Northwest.                   [cta]Donate to the Climb[/cta]

A Look at SWOG Cost Coverage Analysis

A Twitter contact recently posted accolades for SWOG and its practice of Cost Coverage Analysis. This got us wondering what this process entails in the world of cancer clinical trials. We decided to question resident expert Casey Dawson, SWOG/SWOG-CTI Project Manager. The Hope Foundation: What is Coverage Analysis? Casey Dawson: Coverage Analysis is a process …

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