The Children’s Oncology Group (COG) is an international research organization, supported principally by the National Cancer Institute, which founded the pediatric cooperative groups in 1955. It is devoted to the development of new treatments and cures for the cancers of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. It also conducts research on the biology of these cancers, their causes and the long-term follow-up of cured patients into adult life.
COG members include over 5,000 pediatric cancer specialists located at 240 pediatric medical centers in the United States, Canada and Australia. At each member institution there is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, basic scientists, and other specialists who possess the skills necessary for state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, care, and investigation of the cancers of children. Most member institutions are teaching and research hospitals, which are integral parts of a distinguished university school of medicine or cancer center. At each member institution patients with specific cancer diagnoses are treated exactly the same way, according to a detailed protocol. By pooling scientific ideas, research skills, and patient data, COG members can obtain definitive answers to important medical and scientific questions many times more rapidly than even large single institutions.
Visit the COG website at the following link: http://www.childrensoncologygroup.org/