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Breast Cancer Awareness Highlight
The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition: Advocates for Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors, and their Families
Pat Halpin-Murphy, a breast cancer survivor and co-chair of the NRG Oncology Patient Advocate Committee, is president and founder of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). 
NRG Oncology Research Updates
The ASCO Post: Subgroup Analysis of the NRG Oncology/RTOG 9802 Trial

Erica H. Bell, PhD, of the Ohio State University discusses the prognostic and predictive molecular subgroup analysis of NRG-RTOG 9802 comparing radiotherapy versus radiotherapy plus procarbazine/lomustine/vincristine in high-risk, low-grade gliomas. Watch the interview

NRG Oncology Member and Staff News
Jame Abraham, MD, FACP Appointed Chair of Hematology/Medical Oncology Department at Cleveland Clinic

In this capacity, Dr. Abraham will recruit and develop staff, and guide the department’s focus on patient access and a multidisciplinary approach to care.  Read more

Felix Feng, MD, to Serve as Executive Director of Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research

NRG Oncology Genitourinary Cancer Committee Chair, Dr. Felix Feng, will lead the new University of California, San Francisco UCSF Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research as Executive Director. Read more

Jeffrey Bradley, MD, FASTRO, named Executive Vice Chairman of the Winship Cancer Institute's Department of Radiation Oncolgoy

Dr. Bradley, Chair of the NRG Oncology Lung Cancer Committee, will be started his new role as Vice Chairman on September 3, 2019.  Read more
Congratulations and Thank You to Joseph Costantino, DrPH, on his Retirement

Dr. Costantino has officially retired from his position as the Director of the NRG Oncology Statistics and Data Management Center (SDMC). Dr. James Dignam is now the Director for the NRG Oncology SDMC and Dr. Gregory Yothers has taken the role of Senior Deputy Director/ Deputy Group Statistician for the SDMC.  Read more

Congratulations and Thank You to Lynne Suhayda on her Retirement


Lynne Suhayda, RN, MSEd, retired in September 2019 after 17 years as the Director of the Clinical Coordinating Department (CCD) for the NSABP. As director of the CCD, Lynne with the assistance of her staff, answered clinical questions related to NRG Oncology breast and colorectal clinical trials and, offered their experience and leadership in building the education and training programs for nurses and CRAs for NRG Oncology. We wish Lynne all the best in her retirement.

Kristen Kotsko, RN, BSN, has accepted the position of Director for the Clinical Coordinating Department. Kristen's years of experience assure that our members will find the same commitment to service that has been the hallmark of the Clinical Coordinating Department.

NCORP Workshop

Standardization of Lower Extremity Quantitative Lymphedema Measurements and Associated Patient Reported Outcomes in Gynecological Cancers

The NCI hosted a panel to determine the best tools to identify the development of lymphedema.  Gynecologic/pelvic cancer and or their treatments are often responsible for lower extremity lymphedema. The definition of lymphedema is swelling due to accumulation of fluid in the leg that is a protein rich material that can be chronic and disabling due to disruption or obstruction of the lymphatic channels.  The diagnosis is typically occurs within two years of the causal event such as surgery, radiation, or pelvic cancer. Diagnostic tools available include lymphangiogram, MRI, bioimpedence spectroscopy (BIS), perometry in addition to physical examination with leg swelling and edema.  
Meet the New NRG Oncology CCDR Chair: Dr. Mary Cooley

Dr. Cooley was named the Chair of the NRG Oncology National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee (CCDR).  Read more
ASTRO 2019
NRG Oncology Research featured in all 4 Plenary Session Presentations at ASTRO 2019

If you missed our recap on the exciting events that occurred at ASTRO 2019,  NRG Oncology research was featured in all four plenary session presentations, Dr. Walter J. Curran, received an ASTRO Gold Medal, and Dr. Corey Langer was inducted as an Honorary Member of ASTRO.   Read more
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