GOG Awards $100,000 Grant to Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology

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

GOG Awards $100,000 Grant to Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology

Grant to be used towards research and education

CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2012)—In an effort to improve the care of women impacted by gynecologic cancers, the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) has awarded the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology a grant in the amount of $100,000 to be used towards research and education. The GOG is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies.

“Our organization appreciates that the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the newly formed Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology has been very supportive of the GOG and all that it has done to improve the care of women at risk for or affected by gynecologic cancers,” said Philip J. DiSaia, MD, Chairman Gynecologic Oncology Group and Dorothy J. Marsh Chair in Reproductive Biology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

“A financial commitment from GOG to the Foundation will have a tremendous impact on the future of gynecologic oncology,” said Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, Foundation President and Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “We look forward to working together with the common goal to improve the lives of the gynecologic cancer patients we serve.”

Dr. Alvarez added that there are opportunities in enhancing education in clinical research, increasing the number of clinical trial experts, and increasing the number of patients enrolled on clinical trials in which the GOG and SGO can work together over the next few years to further improve outcomes for the gynecologic cancer patients that both organizations serve.

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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 healthcare 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. www.sgo.org

About the Foundation

The Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology is a 501(c)3 organization that ensures that SGO meets the needs and provides the resources for members and the women’s cancer care community. www.sgo.org/foundation