Full Disclosure | B.J. Rimel, MD
As a junior attending, teaching residents in clinic is one of the most frustrating and joyful experiences of my practice. Balancing the desire to educate with the ever present need to keep wait times down in a busy clinic leads me to sometimes cut off the protracted history-taking that residents inevitably perform, but I feel bad about it every time. The residents rotate onto the gynecologic oncology service for a few weeks at a time every year of their training, and with rare exceptions, our service is the only time that they will interact with gynecologic cancer patients during the residency.
Waiting for a Revolution | Dee Sparacio
Over the past seven years I have met gynecologic cancer survivors at summits, conferences, workshops and at support group meetings. Many have walked alongside me at 5K’s to raise awareness and funds for research. I have even gotten to know survivors who live in the United Kingdom as part of a Facebook group. In most cases, I doubt our paths would have crossed except for the fact that we were all diagnosed with cancer.
Annual Meeting Coverage: Visionary Triads | Eijean Wu, MD, MPP
The SGO coat of arms has occupied the main stage since the start of the annual meeting. Inadvertently, it lends gravity to the photos of award recipients and keynote speakers, a fitting backdrop to documents of conference highlights.
Annual Meeting Coverage: ACS Lecturer Edward Partridge, MD | B.J. Rimel, MD
Edward E. Partridge, MD, Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was the invited American Cancer Society lecturer this year at the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. His talk is clearly one of the highlights of this year’s very exciting meeting.
Off to the SGO Annual Meeting! | Erin Stevens, MD
As I write this, I’m packing for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Los Angeles, CA. I’m packing at the last minute, not because I’m not excited about the upcoming meeting – I always look forward seeing my friends and colleagues, learning about the newest research and taking in some nicer weather. I just don’t like packing. But in the wee hours of Friday morning, I’ll meet up with my former senior fellow Tana Shah Pradhan, DO, at the airport and we’ll head from the city that never sleeps to the home of glitz and glamour for the next five days.
The Support You Need | Dee Sparacio
When I was in chemotherapy treatment in 2005, I was seated next to many different men and women with cancer. We chatted and shared magazines and book recommendations but not one woman I spoke to had a gynecologic cancer diagnosis. I really wanted to find other women who could relate to what I was going through—the early menopause, fatigue, joint pain, neuropathy and hair loss.