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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 …

Raising Awareness Through Patient Advocacy

Q&A with SWOG Patient Advocate Committee Chair Rick Bangs A primary goal of the Kilimanjaro Climb is to raise awareness of cancer clinical trials to ensure that patients and their families have access to studies and can make informed decisions. Rick Bangs, Chair of the SWOG Patient Advocate Committee, recently shared his views on advocacy …

Recent Coltman Fellow Looks Ahead to SWOG Study

The Hope Foundation is pleased to report the ongoing success of Coltman Fellow Veena Shankaran, M.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The award period for Dr. Shankaran’s fellowship project, “Implementation of a Prospective Financial Impact Assessment Tool in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer” concluded this year and a related SWOG study is slated …

SWOG Committee Group Meeting Funds for 2015

SWOG Committee Chairs are invited to apply for up to $3,500 to support working group or committee needs while at Group Meetings. This funding may provide for coverage of a working group dinner, boxed lunches during a session, or specific A/V needs. Funding is limited; requests are considered in the order they are received. Deadline: …

Travel Support for 2015

SWOG members can now complete our online application to apply for funding to attend SWOG meetings in 2015. 2015 request deadlines: March 25 (spring meeting), September 1 (fall meeting) Guidelines: – coach airfare with minimum 14-day advance purchase – conference rate hotel accommodations; room charge only – ground transportation, meals (no alcohol) are reimbursable

Announced: Kilimanjaro Climb for Cancer Clinical Trials

This morning, at SWOG’s group meeting plenary session, Chair Dr. Charles Blanke announced that he will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in February 2015 – and do so as an effort to raise awareness of, and funding for, cancer clinical trials. Blanke hopes to mobilize support for bridging the funding gaps which result from recent NCI cuts …

Coming February 2015: Climb for Cancer Clinical Trials

In February 2015, SWOG Cancer Research Chair Dr. Charles D. Blanke will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the importance of cancer clinical trials and to bring attention to the reality of dwindling federal funding for the National Cancer Institute and its National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). Learn more at the Climb Page.

Michael LeBlanc, PhD
Group Statistician

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