publication date: May. 16, 2014


By Paul Goldberg

The budgets of operations and statistical centers of adult clinical trials groups were cut by about $20.4 million, group chairs say.

The cuts make it difficult for the groups to continue to support ongoing trials and raise questions about the prospects for starting a new generation of trials.

NCI officials say that, overall, the budget for the groups is staying flat, in part because some of the money is being channeled into 30 sites that received the Lead Academic Participating Site designation.

LAPS, which are run by cancer centers, will be allowed to charge more for putting patients on studies.

So where are the cuts?

Comparisons between 2013 and 2014 are complicated, because the adult groups were consolidated before the funding decisions were made, and the effort requires sifting through thousands of pages of grant documents, both old and new.

Three of the four adult groups went through this exercise together, using the same template.

Here is what they found:

• The operations budget of NRG Oncology has been cut by 51 percent. NRG is the entity that was formed through the merger of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and Gynecologic Oncology Group.

• The NRG statistical center got a 27 percent cut.

• The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology operations budget was cut by 35 percent. The group was formed through the merger of Cancer and … Continue reading 40-20 Over $20 Million Carved Out From Statistical, Operations Centers

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