November 16, 2015

Registration is open!
Join us for the NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting, January 21-24, 2016 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. Please pre-register online for this meeting. Registering onsite at the meeting will incur an additional $50 fee. Online Registration and meeting information is available on the NRG Oncology website.

FORM UPDATES
BREAST
NSABP BP-59: Follow-up data must now be submitted online. A memorandum and Follow-up (Form F) Worksheet can be downloaded from BP-59 page on the NSABP website.

OTHER PROTOCOL NOTICES
BRAIN
RTOG 0834: EORTC letter to CATNON co-investigators, dated November 12, 2015; also available on the CTSU website.

BREAST
NSABP B-47, NSABP B-52, and NRG-BR003: A memorandum about Scheduling Protocol Therapy During the Holidays is posted to individual protocol pages on the NSABP and CTSU websites.

GASTROINTESTINAL
RTOG 1010: Reminder - This study closed to STEP 1 registration at 5 pm EST on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 with STEP 2 registration remaining open so eligible patients can be randomized for treatment. For details see the Study Closure Notice here or on the CTSU website.

Vision Tree Webinar
The VTOC Webinar Training Series schedule and registration is available for NRG Oncology Research Associates working on RTOG 0924, RTOG 0920, NRG-HN001 and NRG-HN002. Space is limited so register now and reserve your seat. The next webinar training is scheduled for December 16, 2015.

DRUG SAFETY UPDATES
Safety updates have been issued for NSABP legacy studies. For details, please see the NSABP Members' Area or the E-mail Distributions page and the CTSU website.

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.

SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
Medidata will perform maintenance tasks on the NRG Oncology Rave server on Sunday, November 22, 2015. The server is expected to be unavailable from 2 am to 8 am CST (6 hours).

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CLOSURES
Please note the following Thanksgiving closure dates for NRG Oncology Offices:

NRG Operations Center and SDMC, Philadelphia West (215-574-3150)
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Office closes at 12 pm EST
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Office closed
Friday, November 27, 2015 Office closed

NRG Operations Center, Philadelphia East (215-854-0770)
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Office closed
Friday, November 27, 2015 Office closed

NRG Operations Center, Pittsburgh (412‐339‐5300)
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Office closed

SDMC Office, Pittsburgh (412‐624‐2666)
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Office closed
Friday, November 27, 2015 Office closed

Biologics, Inc. will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 30. If you have questions, please contact the Clinical Research Services team at 800-693-4906, or clinicaltrials@biologicsinc.com.

BIOSPECIMEN BANKS - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY CLOSURES

NRG Oncology Biospecimen Banks will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 26. On Fri., Nov 27 the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and the Baylor NRG banks will remain closed; the Columbus bank will be open for business. See the memorandum posted on the NRG and CTSU websites for specimen shipment dates and additional details.

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
Markovina S, Duan F, Snyder BS, Siegel BA, Machtay M, Bradley JD. Regional Lymph Node Uptake of [(18)F]Fluorodeoxyglucose After Definitive Chemoradiation Therapy Predicts Local-Regional Failure of Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Results of ACRIN 6668/RTOG 0235. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Nov 1;93(3):597-605. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.04.026. PubMed PMID: 26461002. Read more

Rogers CL, Perry A, Pugh S, Vogelbaum MA, Brachman D, McMillan W, Jenrette J, Barani I, Shrieve D, Sloan A, Bovi J, Kwok Y, Burri SH, Chao ST, Spalding AC, Anscher MS, Bloom B, Mehta M. Pathology concordance levels for meningioma classification and grading in NRG Oncology RTOG Trial 0539. Neuro Oncol. 2015 Oct 22. pii: nov247. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26493095. Read more

PUBLICATIONS REMINDERS
Please note the following upcoming meeting and abstract submission deadline dates.

Upcoming abstract submission deadline
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Apr 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA, due to publications committee Nov 17, 2015, meeting abstract submission deadline Dec 1, 2015

American Radium Society (ARS), Apr 16-19, 2016, Philadelphia, PA, meeting abstract submission deadline Nov 20, 2015

Digestive Disease Week (DDW), May 21-24, 2016, San Diego, CA, due to publications committee Nov 17, 2015, meeting abstract submission deadline Dec 1, 2015

European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), Apr 24-28, 2016, Barcelona, Spain, meeting abstract submission deadline Nov 20, 2015

Society for Clinical Trials (SCT), May 22-25, 2016, Montreal, QC, Canada, due to publications committee Nov 20, 2015, meeting abstract submission deadline Dec 5, 2015

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