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Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group

The Oncology Group is made up of Consultants and trainees with an interest or practice in Paediatric Oncology. The Group meets annually at the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Winter Meeting. The Meeting provides a forum for members to be updated about current trials and practice, future trials and discussion about difficult cases. In addition the BAPS/CCLG Oncology Group co-ordinates an annual Paediatric Surgical Oncology Course.

Chair: Professor Paul Losty
Until 2010 the CCLG was the main body hosting clinical trials in Paediatric Oncology in the UK, either on its own or in conjunction with European and American organisations (International Society of Paediatric Oncology – SIOP) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Since 2010, research has primarily been co-ordinated through the National Institute for Health Cancer Research Network (NCRN) and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and their Clinical Studies Groups: the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (NCRI – CCLG) and the Sarcoma Study Group (NCRI – SG).

The Group has strong links with the International Society of Paediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO) and the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA).

The Group provides surgical input/membership of the NCRI- Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (NCRI-CCLG) and the tumour subgroups.

Group chair
Professor Paul Losty
Group secretary
Mr Philip Hammond
BAPS/CCLG Oncology Course Co-ordinators
Mr Mark Powis
Mr Bruce Okoye

Annual course for surgeons in training ( and / or ‘early career’ consultants ) with venue rotating alternate years in the North and South Regions through the designated UK CCLG surgical host centres.

NCRI-CCL Clinical Studies Group
Mr Mark Powis
NCRI-CCL Neuroblastoma Subgroup
Mr Hany Gabra
Mr Roly Squire

This sub-group is closely linked with the International Society of Paediatric Oncology European Neuroblastoma Group (SIOPEN) and the SIOPEN Research Network, also The Neuroblastoma Society

NCRI-CCL Renal Tumours Subgroup
Mr Mark Powis

This sub-group is closely linked with the SIOP-Renal Tumour Study Group (SIOP-RTSG)

NCRI-CCL Germ Cell Tumours Subgroup
Mr Suren Arul
NCRI-CCL Liver/Hepatobiliary Tumours Study Group
Mr Khalid Sharif

This sub-group is linked with the International Childhood Liver Tumours Strategy Group (SIOPEL)

NCRI -S Rhabdomyosarcoma Subgroup
Mr Tim Rogers
Mr Ross Craigie

This sub-group is closely linked with the European Soft Tissue Sarcoma Study Group (EpSSG)