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Joseph A. Sparano, MD, Named Vice Chair of ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group
Date:5/17/2013

rapy in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancer, and defining tumor and host determinants of breast cancer recurrence. He recently established a breast cancer biospecimen banking program that will serve as a resource to study biospecimens from women who have survived early stage breast cancer and to identify whether dormant tumor cells and their interaction with the microenvironment puts patients at risk for a recurrence of the disease later in life. The Breast Cancer Late Relapse Biorepository is funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

The appointment was announced today at the Group’s semiannual scientific meeting in Atlanta.

About the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group
The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group is a member network that designs and conducts biomarker-driven cancer research involving adults who have or are at risk of developing cancer. It was formed in May 2012 by the merger of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), two highly respected National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored cancer cooperative groups. The Group comprises nearly 650 member institutions, including community hospitals, academic medical centers, NCI-designated cancer centers, Community Cancer Oncology Programs (CCOPs) and Minority-based CCOPs, health systems, and physician practices, in the United States and around the world. Approximately 6000 individual physicians, translational scientists, and associated research professionals from the member institutions are involved in Group research, which is organized into three programs: Cancer Control and Outcomes, Therapeutic Studies and Biomarker Sciences.

For more information, visit http://www.ecog-acrin.org.

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