While the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) groups remain open for business during the pandemic, it’s not business as usual. For good reason, clinical trials are taking a backseat to clinical care. Leadership and members themselves face significant challenges treating oncology patients, as attention and resources are diverted to minister to those with COVID-19.
IND.216: a phase II study of buparlisib and associated biomarkers, raptor and p70S6K, in patients with relapsed and refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Sarit Assouline, Lilian Amrein, Raquel Aloyz, Versha Banerji, Stephen Caplan, Carolyn Owen, Wanda Hasegawa, Sue Robinson, Sudeep Shivakumar, Anca Prica, Anthea Peters, Linda Hagerman, Laura Rodriguez, Tanya Skamene, Lawrence Panasci, Bingshu E. Chen & Annette E. Hay
The CCTG BR31 (NCT02273375) trial, A Phase III Prospective Double Blind Placebo Controlled Randomized Study of Adjuvant MEDI4736 in Completely Resected Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer has been closed to accrual to the main study.
The purpose of this study was to find out whether it is better to receive a new drug, MEDI4736, or better to receive no further treatment after surgery (and possibly chemotherapy) for lung cancer.
This past week the central office has continued to support CCTG network activities including addressing impacts of COVID-19.
CCTG regulatory/ethics compliance and trial teams rolled out COVID-19 addenda for all trials. These addenda have been added to all CCTG trial pages to support sites and trial teams in our network. We are also incorporating an EDC form for the collection of COVID-19 information for designated trials.
As the health care systems in Canada ramp up to meet the coming COVID-19 (Coronavirus) challenges, the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) recognizes that this may have an impact on the conduct and availability of cancer clinical trials.
People living with cancer are at an increased risk from COVID-19 because of underlying medical conditions and a compromised immune system. Patient care, safety and well-being are a priority while we work to minimize the impact and duration of this pandemic.
Published: April 08, 2020
Category: Office of the Director
Across the country, people, patients and health care providers have been directly impacted by preparations and managing the effects of the COVID pandemic. We have all worked to implement measures to reduce risk of infection even as we have tried to maintain the best care for patients with cancer.
For CCTG, we have defined the following priorities
CCTG and its scope of research has been deemed an essential service by Queen’s University and we continue to be operational for our sites and trial patients. Given the critical nature of our research, we continue to monitor our activities and how trial adjustments can be made to ensure that patients can be managed on protocols.
The CCTG Operations and Statistics Centre has successfully completed the transition to a remote work environment with a small number of support staff in the offices.
Published: March 20, 2020
Category: Office of the Director
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, CCTG is closely monitoring the situation in consultation with our network of investigators and trial staff. The CCTG Operations and Statistical Centre remains operational and has full capabilities to support trial develop and oversight of the current portfolio.For the safety of our community we have completed a transition to remote work for our staff.