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Update: American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program
Last year the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, North Central Cancer Treatment Group, and the Cancer and Leukemia Group B merged to form a new National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative group, the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance). Surgeons involved in cancer clinical trials and those interested in becoming involved in playing a more active role in the new Alliance are encouraged to visit the Alliance website to learn more about the new group at http://www.alliance-website.org/site/.
The Alliance has five components including a new program component called the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP). The vision of the ACS CRP is to reduce the impact of cancer by validating and disseminating effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Program participants plan to achieve their mission by increasing surgeon participation in the Alliance and by increasing meaningful interactions between the Alliance, the American College of Surgeons, and its Cancer Programs. Four committees have been formed to support the ACS CRP. They include the Member Services Committee, the Cancer Care Standards Development Committee, the Education Committee, and the Research and Development Committee.
Beginning with the February 2012 issue, the ACS CRP has posted monthly articles in the American College of Surgeons Bulletin that highlight ACS CRP activities and results of selected Alliance clinical trials. Upcoming articles will discuss the dilemma of occult metastases in sentinel lymph nodes in the breast cancer patient; describe a new Alliance clinical trial known as PROSPECT: Preoperative Radiation or Selective Preoperative Radiation and Evaluation before Chemotherapy, total mesorectal excision; an update on Alliance urology trials; and a recently activated Alliance study on ductal carcinoma in situ. Issues of the Bulletin can be viewed online at http://www.facs.org/fellows_info/bulletin/archive.html.