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Junior investigators: Get engaged in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

Strategies for enhancing junior investigator participation in Alliance programs are highlighted.

Second edition of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery

Second edition of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery to be published in early 2017

The second volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, scheduled to be released in early 2017, describes operations for cancers of the esophagus, stomach, rectum, thyroid, and skin (melanoma).

Improving rectal cancer outcomes through advocacy, education, and research: The OSTRiCh Consortium and the new NAPRC

Over the last three decades, there has been a significant shift in cancer care from the generalist to the specialist setting. This shift is especially true in surgical oncology, where surgeons specializing in the care of breast cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer have become the norm for many facilities treating cancer patients in the […]

Figure 1. NRG Oncology NRG-GI002 Schema

NRG GI002: Moving the needle toward TNT in locally advanced rectal cancer

The approach, aims, and eligibility criteria of the NRG Oncology TNT clinical trial are summarized.

Why is surgeon qualification important for clinical trials, and how can it be achieved?

This month’s column underscores the importance of clinical trial participation, in particular surgeons who have a demonstrated capability and knowledge in conducting research-related operations.

Figure 1. Schema for SWOG Trial 1505

Two studies pave the way for preoperative therapy in pancreatic cancer patients

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-most common cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. and is predicted to soon be the third-leading cause. Surgical resection with pancreatectomy has historically been viewed as offering the only chance for cure. However, achieving negative margins at surgery can be difficult, with positive surgical margins found in as many as […]

Diet and lifestyle can influence prostate cancer outcomes

This month’s column describes the role of diet and lifestyle on the development and outcomes of prostate cancer, and includes a brief overview of published and ongoing trials.

Dissemination and implementation: Translating cancer guidelines and clinical trial outcomes into everyday practice

Dissemination strategies and implementation research programs, which examine how clinical trials data may be incorporated into clinical use, are the focus of this month’s column.

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New manual for cancer surgery issued: Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, developed by the ACS Clinical Research Program Cancer Care Standards Development Committee, provides evidence-based guidelines for oncologic resections.

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Does altering diet affect progression of prostate cancer? The MEAL study

Experimental consideration confirming or refuting the impact of diet on cancer progression or its ability to protect consumers against carcinogenesis is needed, according to the authors of this month’s column. The Men’s Eating and Living study, which will follow prostate cancer patients under expectant management, will provide important data on the actual, short-term impact of the adoption of a diet that increases vegetable intake and limits meat and dairy intake.

RQRS monthly alert to cancer program with cases not yet compliant with CoC quality measures

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Rapid Quality Reporting System: From quality measurement to quality improvement

Systems like the ACS Commission on Cancer’s Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) not only measure quality, but also assist in immediate quality improvement. These systems, observes the author of this column, are valuable tools for improving cancer care and should be the focus of future research efforts.

Improving cancer care through quality measures: Putting evidence to work with the CoC

To overcome inconsistencies in cancer care, the development, measurement, and reporting of quality measures are essential. This article highlights the efforts of the ACS Commission on Cancer and its collaboration with other societies involved in defining and measuring breast cancer care.

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What is the appropriate extent of lymphadenectomy for bladder cancer?

It is possible that the removal of additional lymph nodes may have only a small but beneficial therapeutic impact in patients with bladder cancer, according to the authors of this column, which highlights the critical role of lymphadenectomy as well as its limitations.

Malignant pleural effusion research provides insights to improve surgical study design

Our research shows tunneled pleural catheters are reliable methods to control malignant pleural effusion and may be optimal if full lung expansion is uncertain. This experience also suggested that a phased data gathering approach to better launch complex surgical trials and the selective use of alternative trial designs would enhance such future endeavors. This column highlights important lessons for future study.

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Announcing the Surgical Standards Manual Project: A call for volunteers

The ACS Clinical Research Program (CRP) asserts that the time is right to develop a manual that provides details regarding surgical standards, complete with checklists. This article provides an overview of why such a manual is needed at this time and offers a call for volunteers to help in developing these guidelines.

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