A Behind the Scenes Look at COG Central at the Cancer Center for Kids
The Cancer Center for Kids is the only pediatric cancer program in Nassau County with membership in the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group (COG), an international consortium of collaborating hospitals recognized as leaders in the treatment of childhood cancers.
COG consists of more than 2,000 physicians in more than 250 hospitals who treat children with cancer world-wide. These centers are integral to the increased pediatric cancer survival rate, which rose from less than 10 percent in 1950 to nearly 80 percent today. Providing COG network members with information is essential to an extraordinary effort which enables researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments, and identify risks or problems before they become widespread.
As a collaborative Institute partner, the CCFK enrolls patients in various ongoing studies, ensuring that all children treated in our Center benefit from the most recent advances in the treatment of their disease. While our patients benefit from the combined expertise of national leaders in childhood cancer who have designed these treatments, our Center helps to further advance cancer treatment by providing our national research labs with tumor specimens, along with extraordinarily detailed patient data so that COG can evaluate the efficacy and safety of treatment protocols.
The Center’s responsibilities in the areas of data management and regulatory compliance are substantial and ongoing. CCFK physicians and nurses administer and coordinate research studies, disseminate clinical trial information, manage protocols to ensure implementation of specific study guidelines and requirements, and maintain the regulatory integrity of COG protocols to comply with local and national mandates. All of this translates into priceless resources for our staff and patient population.