Climb Leader Examines ‘A Route Less Taken’

Paul Steger and assistant leader Eric Hoem will guide the group, including Blanke, as all attempt to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Below, Steger shares some background on the group and what is anticipated during the expedition. — Eric and I met with Donovan Pacholl of Embark, an outfitter supporting climbs of Kilimanjaro, in January 2014.  …

Altitude Training: The Sleep Tent

The Kilimanjaro Climb for Cancer Clinical Trials will commence in just a few weeks, and Dr. Charles Blanke continues to update the climb page with details on the preparations:   More lessons learned, regarding the sleep tent. Thanks to Dr. Peter Hackett for sharing a high altitude conversion chart. 1. Tiny changes to the air …

Climb Preparation on Mt. Hood

Snow training day on Mt. Hood. A stout snow shoe hike, then hill intervals towing some 80 lbs.         A shout out to my training partners Jo and “Emily”.               See additional updates on Facebook.

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 …

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