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SCTBG Scottish Cancer Trials Breast Group

The SCTBG was set up and chaired by Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, Regius Professor of Surgery, Edinburgh in the 1970s, initially facilitating the Scottish centre’s participation in the Scottish Adjuvant Tamoxifen Trial, testing tamoxifen for 5 years after surgery for operable breast cancer versus tamoxifen at relapse. The group was an extremely successful in collaboration with centres for the initial tamoxifen trial and other trials (e.g. Scottish pre- and postmenopausal chemoendocrine trials) and as a route for Scotland to make a significant contribution to UK and EORTC breast cancer trials.

In the late 80’s Professor Sir Patrick Forrest retired and the new Chair Professor W David George, Regius Professor of Surgery, Glasgow ably led the group which as trials became larger, tended to recruit to major studies as a Group rather than running Scottish Studies, e.g. ATAC. Professor John Dewar, Dundee took over as chair in 2008 where the SCTBG continued to contribute disproportionally well to many trials (usually about 15% of the UK contribution) and several landmark trials e.g. SUPREMO, PRIME, MINDACT; SOLE have been led in the UK from the SCTBG.

It is with some excitement (and only a little trepidation!) that I begin my stint as the new Chair of the SCTBG. I’m looking forward to working with the membership to progress the aims and remit of the group. We do wish the SCTBG to remain active and relevant to the wider breast cancer clinical research community in Scotland. As such we are keen to have an inclusive membership that represents sites across Scotland and across disciplines.

We are hoping to organise the next Annual SCTBG Audit and Trials meeting in early 2015 an excellent opportunity for Scottish researchers to get together and share experience, trial results and new research opportunities. We look forward to an enthusiastic and interactive round table discussion. We will send out save the date information for this meeting shortly.
Iain Macpherson.

Remit of SCTBG

  1. To facilitate successful participation in clinical trials in Scotland.
  2. To continue to hold successful annual meetings
  3. As a forum for discussion and development of new trial protocols.

Contact Details


Dr Iain McPherson
Clinical Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology
Beatson Institute for Cancer Research
Garscube Estate
G61 1BD
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SCTBG Secretariat

Eve Macdonald Chisholm
Principal Trial Manager
Scottish Clinical Trials Research Unit, Partners in CaCTUS
Bespoke Specialist Services
Public Health & Intelligence
NHS National Services Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh, EH12 9EB
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If you have any questions regarding the SCTBG or are interested in joining this group, please contact the SCTBG secretariat on the contact details above.

Annual Meeting

The 2018 Scottish Breast Cancer Trials & Audit Meetings will take place in early 2018. Once confirmation of the date and venue has been agreed, this information will be detailed on this website.

Active Breast Clinical Trials

Please find a link to the current active clinical trials Download PDF file

Please click on the following link for further information on current trials

SCTBG members area (login required)


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