Design of clinical trials

There used to be four primary pediatric cancer research groups in North America: Children's Cancer Group (CCG), Pediatric Oncology Group (POG), National Wilms' Tumor Study Group (NWTSG), and Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study Group (IRSG). In July 1998, the four groups decided to form a single pediatric cancer clinical trials organization. The groups officially merged in 2000 under the new name, Chil-drens Oncology Group (COG). New trials developed for children with cancer will be offered under the COG name. Trials begun by the previous research groups will continue until they are completed as planned.

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More than 230 institutions that treat children with cancer are members of COG. Researchers from each institution contribute to the design of new clinical trials for children with cancer. The National Cancer Institute and some individual institutions design their own trials for children treated at those institutions.

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