Advances in gynecologic cancer care focus of SGO conference

Ellen J.Sullivan, MS, MSJ
Director of Corporate Communications and Advocacy

Advances in gynecologic cancer care focus of SGO conference

Ovarian Cancer Treatments and Guidelines Featured

CHICAGO (March 5, 2013)—Ovarian cancer treatment, health care reform, the impact of obesity on gynecologic health and the delivery of high quality gynecologic cancer care highlight the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s (SGO) 44th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer March 9-12 in Los Angeles.

More than 100 oral abstracts and 300 abstract posters will be presented on topics related to cervical, endometrial, ovarian, vaginal and vulvar cancer at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The scientific abstracts are listed on the 2013 Annual Meeting Education Schedule at

Featured abstracts 

  • Long-term survival advantage of intraperitoneal chemotherapy treatment in advanced ovarian cancer: An analysis of a Gynecologic Oncology Group ancillary data study (Saturday, March 9)
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) treatment guidelines for ovarian cancer: A population-based validation study of structural and process quality measures (Monday, March 11)

Featured speakers

  • Breast oncologist and author Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, will discuss “Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine” on March 11. Dr. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Edward E. Partridge, MD, will examine disparities in providing adequate high quality care (including preventative care) for this year’s American Cancer Society Lectureship (March 9). Dr. Partridge is Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Gary Taubes, MS, author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, will discuss his theory about medicine and nutrition, the roots of obesity and its impact on the treatment of gynecologic cancers. (Education Forum: “The Skinny on Obesity in Gynecologic Care” (March 9)

The Future of Gynecologic Cancer Care

The 2013 SGO Member Forum will be led by SGO President Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, on Monday, March 11, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the Concourse Hall. Dr. Alvarez will lead a discussion about a new SGO report (“Creating a New Paradigm in Gynecologic Cancer Care: Policy Proposals for Delivery, Quality and Reimbursement,”) that lays out a roadmap to achieve meaningful reforms that will improve health care for women with gynecologic cancer and rescue an economically unsustainable medical system. For more on the report go to

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About SGO

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is a 501(c)6 national medical specialty organization of physicians and allied health care professionals who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. The Society’s membership, totaling more than 1,600, is primarily comprised of gynecologic oncologists, as well as other related medical specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, social workers and pathologists. SGO members provide multidisciplinary cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and supportive care.