Professional Cancer Care Organizations
Here’s a listing of key oncology professional organizations dedicated to promoting excellence and quality cancer care.
The Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program, which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is designed to promote and support clinical trials (research studies) of new cancer treatments, explore methods of cancer prevention and early detection, and study quality-of-life issues and rehabilitation during and after treatment. Cooperative groups include researchers, cancer centers, and community physicians throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. They work with NCI to identify important questions in cancer research and to design clinical trials to answer these questions.
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ACOA brings together all components of oncology management to develop quality educational programs, provide sound evaluation mechanisms, assist in response to national issues and foster a climate of formal and informal exchange among members. ACOA develops programs to assist members to enhance professional identification, recognition and esteem; develop peer, mentor and liaison relationships; and participate in the development of the management field of information administration.
Founded in 1989 with a current membership of approximately 1,700, the American College of Radiation Oncology is the only organization that exclusively, and uniquely, represents radiation oncologists in the socioeconomic and political sphere without influence from any other specialty.
ACRO welcomes physicians and physicists in the practice of radiation oncology as Active Members. Administrators and technical personnel that work in a radiation oncology practice are welcome as Associate Members.
For more than 75 years, the ACR has been a leader in the field of radiology, providing its members with vital education, research, scientific information, and advocacy to continually advance the profession and enhance patient care.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) represents physicians who treat people with cancer. ASCO has more than 21,500 members from over 100 countries. ASCO’s membership is comprised of clinical oncologists representing all oncology disciplines and subspecialties; physicians and health-care professionals participating in approved oncology training programs; oncology nurses; and other health-care practitioners with a predominant interest in oncology.
The mission of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.
ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 8,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As a leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, the Society is dedicated to the advancement of the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research and disseminating research results and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving socioeconomic healthcare environment.
The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families. Created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology and by existing national cancer organizations, AOSW is an expanding force of psychosocial oncology professionals.
This is a collaborative effort of physicians, researchers, and nutritionists who have joined together to educate individuals, families, and the public on the benefits of a healthy diet for cancer prevention and survival. The Cancer Project provides comprehensive educational materials, conducts clinical research studies, and publicizes the value of a healthy diet in cancer prevention and survival.
Recent advances in immunology and biology have opened up new horizons in the field of cancer therapy, with an upsurge in the integration of new biologic agents into clinical practice. The goals of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC, formerly the International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer) are directed towards the rapid dissemination of information in these areas to expedite the safe transfer of both basic and applied research to the clinical setting.
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of more than 32,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing. The overall mission of ONS is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.
The Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators is a national organization whose objectives are to improve the administration of the business and non-medical management aspects of radiation oncology and the practice of radiation oncology as a cost effective form of health care delivery. We provide a forum for dialogue between members on matters of professional interest, to disseminate information among members of the Society and to promote the field of radiation oncology administration.
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is a national medical specialty society of physicians who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. Its purpose is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancer by encouraging research, disseminating knowledge which will raise the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies and cooperating with other organizations interested in women's health care, oncology and related fields.
Adult Cancer NCI Cooperative Groups
The American College of Radiology Imaging Network seeks to advance diagnostic imaging and image-guided interventional procedures. From the main page, click on "Protocols/Forms." The site provides a PDF-format version of the complete protocol document for each of its clinical trials, along with a scientific abstract and forms for investigators.
The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group focuses on evaluating diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in patients with the most common malignant solid tumors, such as breast, lung or colorectal cancers. The protocols (clinical trials) section provides the titles of ACOSOG trials, but requires a password to view additional details for each trial.
The Cancer and Leukemia Group B conducts clinical trials in patients with leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, genitourinary malignancies, gastrointestinal malignancies and prostate cancer. Current clinical trials information is available to the public.
The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) conducts trials in many types of adult cancers at institutions around the United States. Much of the educational material on the site is centered on clinical trials. Find open trials by clicking on "ECOG's active protocols."
The EORTC is a network of scientists and clinical oncologists working in the main cancer research institutes of the European Union countries. The organization conducts multicenter clinical trials throughout Europe as well as intergroup studies (Australia, USA, Canada). The clinical trials listing can be viewed in a variety of ways (by treatment, tumor site, etc.).
The members of GOG conduct clinical trials in ovarian, cervical, endometrial and other types of cancer affecting the female reproductive system. No clinical trials information is publicly available on the GOG site; GOG trials are listed in the NCI clinical trials database.
The NCIC's Clinical Trials Group carries out clinical trials in cancer treatment and supportive care across Canada. Summaries of current clinical trials include brief eligibility criteria and a contact number.
The North Central Cancer Treatment Group comprises a research network, mainly located in the north central US and Canada, coordinated by the Mayo Cancer Center in Minnesota. In addition to clinical trials in the treatment of a wide variety of cancers, the NCCTG conducts studies in the control and prevention of cancer. The listing of NCCTG protocols is limited to trial titles and protocol numbers.
The NSABP conducts clinical trials in breast and colorectal cancer at hundreds of locations around the country. In addition to treatment trials, NSABP conducts large prevention trials, such as the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR). Information on treatment trials as well as prevention trials is available on their Web site.
The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group conducts clinical trials employing radiotherapy alone and in combination with other modalities (such as surgery and chemotherapy) in a range of cancers. The Group is also active in using different radiotherapeutic modalities such as implantation (brachytherapy), radiosurgery, and three dimensional conformal treatment planning. The "Protocol Summaries" section offers links to both a summary and a complete version of RTOG protocol documents, including sample informed consent forms for each study.
The Southwest Oncology Group conducts clinical trials and basic research in a number of different types of cancer. A search for open clinical trials provides you with the title, abstract, and other information.