Happy Holidays from the Canadian Cancer Trials Group

Have a wonderful holiday season!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Happy holidays to all of our friends and colleagues from everyone at CCTG. We are truly grateful for the support of our network of collaborators and to those who have chosen to participate in trials, helping us find the answers that will improve lives. Peace.

 


 

The CCTG Central Office will be closed on specific dates during the holidays and there will be partial staff coverage on the dates indicated below. Web-based applications (i.e. MANGO, GCP) will be available. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:30 am EST.

Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Monday, December 25 Tuesday, December 26 Wednesday, December 27 Thursday, December 28 Friday, December 29 Monday, January 1, 2018
CLOSED

CLOSED

OPEN | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with limited staff

OPEN | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with limited staff

OPEN | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with limited staff

CLOSED

Shipment of Specimens for Banking + Kit Supply

  • To all centres participating on trials where frozen fluids (blood, serum, plasma, cellular component, sputum and urine, etc.) and formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues (FFPE tumour blocks, slides, cores, etc.) are collected and banked at the CCTG Tumour Tissue Bank:
    • Please do not ship any frozen specimens or FFPE tissues between December 18, 2017 and January 2, 2018, as our tissue bank and all its affiliated laboratory facilities will be suspending their activity and will not be able to receive or process any specimens.
    • Please store specimens at the appropriate temperatures until you may resume your regular shipping schedule on January 2, 2018.
  • To all centres participating on trials where circulating tumour cells (CTC) and other ambient specimens (serum, plasma, whole blood, etc.) are collected for immediate processing:
    • Please note that laboratories analyzing these specimens will be closed between December 23, 2017 and January 2, 2018.
    • Any CTC or other ambient specimen sampling that would normally be scheduled during this period should instead be performed up to 2 weeks before or after the planned date (i.e. at a convenient time for patient and clinical team).
  • To all centres requiring kits:
    • Any urgent orders for blood collection kit resupply should be placed prior to December 18, 2017 with ordering commencing on January 2, 2018.
    • Please order kits ONLY if your inventory is low and/or if your kits are expiring during this time period, to avoid overstocking and therefore helping to reduce wastage. 
  • Please note that BARL will have reduced shipping staff December 27-29th  if possible, site shipment requests should be placed the week prior.
Bay Area Research Laboratories
Monday, December 25 Tuesday, December 26 Wednesday, December 27 Thursday, December 28 Friday, December 29 Monday, January 1, 2018

CLOSED

CLOSED OPEN - with limited staff OPEN - with limited staff OPEN - with limited staff CLOSED

US National Cancer Institute

Agent order requests during the holiday period. The reliability and timeliness of express courier delivery services is greatly affected during the week prior to the Christmas holiday. We suggest minimizing the number of agent order requests submitted to PMB that require delivery during the week of  December 18, 2017, unless absolutely necessary. Please plan your needs accordingly.