Box 84 Items included in reports to collaborators meetings

♦ Total accrual rate and accrual by centre

♦ Projected accrual, showing how soon the intake is likely to be completed

♦ Characteristics of patients at randomization, showing how balanced the intake is between the treatment groups, especially in relation to known prognostic factors

♦ Treatment received, showing whether the treatment regimens are being applied successfully

♦ Details of toxicity and of any treatment problems that are being encountered, provided interim results of a trial outcome measure by treatment group are not thereby disclosed

♦ Compliance by centres in providing data and quality of life questionnaires

Any areas of concern can be discussed and necessary action taken. It is important to allow plenty of time for collaborators to comment on the progress of the trial from their point of view and to discuss both what is going well and areas of difficulty.

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