This post is the third in our series, SWOG Stories.
We’re collecting and sharing conversations from across the Group. The series was first conceived of to honor SWOG’s 60th anniversary, and has continued to grow. We have posted – and will continue to post – these wonderful conversations here.


SWOG has a strong, long-standing relationship with community oncology researchers, who now enroll about a third of patients to group trials. Community sites are also helping lead SWOG’s work in cancer prevention and cancer care delivery.

In the segment linked below from a conversation recorded last spring, Dr. James Wade, III and CRA Mindy Whisnant, both members of the Heartland NCORP, discuss cancer care in the community research setting, describing the role of the CRA in providing personalized care to patients and valuable feedback to physicians, as well as improving clinical trial protocols.

Dr. James Wade & Mindy Whisnant

Dr. James Wade and Mindy Whisnant

The Hope Foundation is proud to support SWOG’s community oncologists and research professionals through grants, meeting travel, and educational training opportunities. This funding is made available thanks to donors like you.