November 19, 2018
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Registration Now Open! NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting in Phoenix.
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NRG Oncology RTOG-1016 published in The Lancet Read more


Help Celebrate Our Birthday at the NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting in Phoenix
We hope you can join us for the NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting and Birthday Celebration, February 7 - 9, 2019 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.
Registration deadline is January 14, 2019!

Our Gift to You

 It’s our birthday, and we are celebrating the reason for our success – our members! We are extending our birthday gift to you. In honor of our 5th birthday, NRG Oncology is waiving the registration fee for all NRG Oncology members. Please be sure to  Click here to register Today!


NRG-HN001: Amendment 7; version date September 27, 2018 (posted to CTSU). Please contact the CTSU Help Desk for tracked protocol documents.


NRG-HN001: The Blank RAVE forms have been revised and are available on the CTSU website.  Use the revised version date September 27, 2018 immediately.


NRG-HN001: OPEN Eligibility Checklist 1 has been revised and isavailable on the CTSU website. Use the revised version date November 12, 2018 immediately.


NSABP B-55/BIG 6-13: Memo regarding the posting of the August 2018 WebEx slide set (posted to CTSU)

NRG-BR002 Laboratorys Holiday Closures
Thanksgiving and Winter holiday closure information for the Kuhn-Hicks Laboratory and UT MD Anderson (Whole blood collection for CTCs) is posted on the NRG Oncology website.


NRG-GI004: REMINDER!  There is still time to register for the WebEx November 30. (posted to CTSU)



OUTBACK/GOG-0274/RTOG 1174: The October IDSMC report is now available on NRG Oncology.


Form TR for Biospecimens Shipped to NRG Biospecimen Bank-Columbus

Please note that the NRG Patient ID (e.g., AB###-GY###-#####) must be included on any copies of Form TR shipped to the NRG Biospecimen Bank-Columbus.

If the NRG Patient ID does not appear on the top, left of Form TR, please hand-complete the NRG Patient ID before sending the form to the NRG Biospecimen Bank-Columbus. Do not complete the NRG Patient ID for forms accompanying biospecimens shipped to laboratories other than the NRG Biospecimen Bank-Columbus.

Please contact the NRG Biospecimen Bank-Columbus at if you need assistance or if you have additional questions.


Biospecimen Bank-Columbus & SDMC Undergoing Refurbishment

Please be advised that the data exchange between the Biospecimen Bank-Columbus and SDMC is undergoing refurbishment. During this time, biospecimen receipt information will not appear in Rave or SEDES.


Biospecimen transmittal forms (i.e., Form SP and Form TR) will ultimately not appear as overdue during this time; however, there may be a brief period over the next several weeks during which forms may temporarily appear as overdue. If this should occur or if you experience any other issues, please notify Support at Sites should continue to return inquiries from Biospecimen Bank-Columbus staff regarding biospecimen receipt during this time.



NRG-LU002: A webinar will be held on November 29, 2018. Registration is now open. More information can be found under News. Read more


The VTOC Webinar Training Series schedule and registration is available for NRG Oncology Research Associates working on RTOG 0924, RTOG 0920, NRG-HN001, NRG-HN002, NRG-CC003, and NRG-CC004. Space is limited so register now and reserve your seat.  The next webinar training is scheduled for December 5, 2018.


Safety updates have been issued for the following studies:























The Lancet Features NRG Oncology RTOG 1016 Trial
We are proud to announce that The Lancet recently published the results of the phase III trial NRG-RTOG 1016, which found that cetuximab with radiation was inferior to standard treatment in HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer. This established the treatment combination of radiation and cisplatin as the standard of care for HPV-related head and neck cancer. Click here to view The Lancet publication. 


The results of NRG-RTOG 1016 were recently highlighted during the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 60th Annual Meeting Plenary Session in October 2018. Read more in the ASTRO press release. 

Preliminary updates on the trial’s results are also available in a press release by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and NRG Oncology from August 2018. Read more in the NCI and NRG Oncology press release.


Never Say Lost: booklet for minimizing number of patients who become lost to follow-up

The NRG Oncology Statistical and Data Management Center (SDMC) is pleased to announce the re-release of “Never Say Lost.”  This is a booklet that provides suggestions for NRG Oncology networks to avoid “losing” patients during the follow-up phase of clinical trials. It also provides steps to follow if a patient cannot be located for follow-up. The booklet is located under “Data Management” in the “Resources” tab of the NRG Oncology website.

Register Today for the NRG-LU002 Webinar!
NRG Oncology will be holding a webinar for NRG-LU002: Maintenance Systemic Therapy Versus Local Consolidative Therapy (LCT) Plus Maintenance Systemic Therapy for Limited Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): A Randomized Phase II/III Trial. The webinar will occur on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 3-4pm ET.

Register at:

The webinar will be hosted by the NRG-LU002 Study Principal Investigator, Dr. Puneeth Iyengar of UT Southwestern Medical Center. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. Please contact Angela LaPenta at with any questions.

Accepting Applications for Health Disparities Committee Research Vice Chair –
Deadline November 20, 2018

Click here for more information about the position and application submission.

Upcoming PMB Holiday Closure

PMB will be closed next Thursday, November 22, 2018, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The last day that PMB will ship agents is Tuesday, November 20, 2018.  Please take this into account when submitting your order requests and plan accordingly.  If your site will be closed or closing early on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, please inform us of that in the Comments block upon your order submission.  As a reminder, if your request is for next day delivery, requests must be received by 2pm ET and you must provide an express courier account number.

Business hours will resume on Friday, November 23, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm ET. PMB will respond to messages received by phone at 240-276-6575 or by e-mail at during business hours.  Shipments on Friday for Saturday delivery to domestic sites may be possible in some circumstances.

Thanksgiving holiday closure information for the NRG Oncology Operations Offices, Statistics and Data Management Centers (SDMCs), Biospecimen Banks, Serum Bank, and McKesson's Clinical Research Services, is posted on the CTSU and NRG Oncology websites.

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.

Geyer CE Jr, Tang G, Mamounas EP, et al.  21-Gene assay as predictor of chemotherapy benefit in HER2-negative breast cancer. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2018 Read more


Please note the following upcoming meeting and abstract submission deadline dates

Upcoming Meetings
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) GI; Jan 17-19, 2019; San Francisco, CA


Radiological Society of North America (RSNA); Nov 25-30, 2018; Chicago, IL


San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS); Dec 4-8, 2018; San Antonio, TX


Upcoming Abstract Submission Deadlines
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); Mar 29 - Apr 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA; LBA submission due Jan 10, 2019


American Brachytherapy Society (ABS); Jun 13-15, 2019; Miami, FL; due to publications committee Dec 28, 2018; meeting abstracts submission deadline Jan 11, 2019 4pm CT


American College of Radiology (ACR); May 18-22, 2019 ; Washington DC; due to publications committee Nov 30, 2018; meeting abstracts submission deadline Dec 14, 2018 5 pm


American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS); Jun 1-5, 2019; Cleveland, OH; meeting abstracts submission deadline Nov 27, 2018


Society for Clinical Trials (SCT); May 19-22, 2019; New Orleans, LA; meeting abstracts submission deadline Nov 30, 2018.


Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO); Mar 16-19, 2019; Honolulu, HI; deadline for LBA Dec 5, 2018 to Jan 7, 2019


St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference (SG-BCC); Mar 20-23, 2019; Vienna, Austria; due to publications committee Nov 30, 2018; meeting abstracts submission deadline Dec 15, 2018.



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