About ECOG

The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) is one of the largest clinical cancer research organizations in the United States, conducting clinical trials in all types of adult cancers. ECOG was established in 1955 as one of the first cooperative groups launched to perform multicenter cancer clinical trials. Evolving from a 5-member consortium of institutions on the east coast, the group now includes almost 6000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, statisticians, and clinical research associates (CRAs) from public and private institutions in the United States as well as internationally. Institutional members include universities, medical centers, community clinical oncology programs (CCOPs), and cooperative group outreach programs (CGOPs), all working toward the common goal of controlling, effectively treating, and ultimately curing cancer. ECOG communicates research results to the worldwide medical community through scientific publications and professional meetings. Funded primarily by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), ECOG currently has more than 90 active clinical trials in all types of adult malignancies. Annual accrual is 6000 patients, with more than 20,000 in follow-up.

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1st SOAPP Article Published
Click here to access first E2Z02 (SOAPP) article published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology: Fisch MJ, Lee JW, Weiss M, et al. Prospective, observational study of pain and analgesic prescribing in medical oncology outpatients with breast, colorectal, lung, or prostate cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Apr 16;[Epub ahead of print].

ASCO 2012
Six SOAPP abstracts were accepted at the ASCO Annual Meeting 2012:

Cancer Type Abstract No. Lead Author
Health Services Research Poster 6076 F. Zhao
Health Services Research Poster 6080 C. Ritchie
Patient and Survivor Care Clin Sci Symp 9016 J. Manola
Patient and Survivor Care Poster 9099 X. S. Wang
Patient and Survivor Care Poster 9106 T. R. Mendoza
Patient and Survivor Care Poster 9112 M. J. Fisch

Please click on the Publications tab to view these abstracts, or click here for more information on the 2012 ASCO meeting and accepted abstracts.

MASCC 2012
Three abstracts were accepted for the MASCC (Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer) meeting in New York City on June 27-29. One abstract is on determinants of driving (Victor Chang), another on concordance related to comorbidity (Elizabeth Kvale), and a third on pain change according to baseline severity (Fengmin Zhao).
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