SGO Issues April 26, 2018

SGO Issues April 26, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting photos on SGO Flickr account
Key dates for 2019 SGO Annual Meeting
Wellness: If you feel like you’re going to the dogs | Lyn Filip RN, BSN, OCN
2018 GOG Foundation Young Investigator Travel Awards available
Ovarian Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunities
Registration open for upcoming patient education courses

2018 Annual Meeting photos on SGO Flickr account

Photos from the 2018 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in New Orleans have now been uploaded to SGO’s Flickr account and can be downloaded directly from the page.

Key dates for 2019 SGO Annual Meeting

SGO will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the 2019 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, March 16-19 in Honolulu, HI, during a family-friendly event where child care will be available. Please make note of these key deadlines:

  • Call for abstracts and surgical films: July 18 – Sept. 12, 2018
  • International session abstract submission: July 18 – Nov. 26, 2018
  • Late breaking abstract submission: Dec. 3, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019

Wellness: If you feel like you’re going to the dogs | Lyn Filip RN, BSN, OCN

Lyn Filip, RN, BSN, OCN

There are days when I prefer to hang out with my dog. Dogs don’t just fill your heart; they make it stronger. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health. Herbie, our basset hound, is just that. If I have a bad day, I come home and look at that face, stare into those eyes and I can’t help but feel my heart full of love. It is magic. I decided to take things one step further.

Herbie and I became certified as a Pet Therapy team. Four times a month, sometimes more, we volunteer at the local Ronald McDonald House and two times at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Pediatric Infusion Room. I had planned to work with adults, but as we trained, Herbie steered me in a different direction. He loves everyone but is truly enamored with children. When I say, “Let’s go see the kids,” he runs right into the laundry room for his teeth to be brushed (we have breath standards). Then he sits by the car. Our visits are pure joy. Herbie conducts them with love and grace. He may do tricks or he may just sleep on someone’s bed while being stroked and petted.

How can I go back to the hospital when I spend so much time there? I feel absolute joy upon entering the hospital with Herbie. He is a celebrity. Herbie does a variety of tricks: “Fire” “Stop, Drop, and Roll,” and “Downward Dog” with bacon as motivation. He gives high–actually low– fives and is great at “Sleeping Beauty” – lying on his side. Herbie also does a few tricks in Spanish. When Herbie enters a patient’s room, he transforms it. Smiles appear, hands are reached out to him. A sense of escape and joy is seen in almost every face: patients, visitors and staff. One patient looked down at Herbie as we entered and said, “I prayed for this.” Herbie just wagged away. There was magic in that very room. Herbie was the healer. I just held the leash. At the end of the day, on the ride home I am sure to tell him that he is just the best therapy dog. He knows exactly what I am saying. We both are smiling.

Dog therapy is my passion. Herbie and I are a team. People in the hospital often ask me where Herbie is. Wellness to me is not dependent on hours in the day but my sense of purpose, creativity and passion. I want to experience joy. It is all that and a bit more with Herbie.

Herbie has an Instagram account. When we leave a room and a child asks, “When are you coming back?” they get Herbie’s trading card (provided by UNC) and Instagram account. They can visit him anytime. We go for the laugh each day. Herbie and I receive so much affection for the work he does. Gotta love social media. @herbiethetherapybasset

Lyn Filip RN, BSN, OCN, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.

2018 GOG Foundation Young Investigator Travel Awards available

Applications are being accepted for the GOG Foundation Young Investigators Travel Award Program. Travel grants will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 to Fellows and Junior Faculty who are less than five years from training (completed training in 2014 or later). The Young Investigator Travel Awards are open to gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists and others. Each awardee must attend the 2018 NRG Oncology Semiannual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, July 12-14, 2018, to be eligible to receive the award. The submission deadline is May 18, 2018.

Ovarian Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunities

Application deadlines have been announced for several Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) grants for Fiscal Year 2018 that are open to all investigators, including junior faculty. The mission of the OCRP is to support patient-centered research to prevent, detect, treat, and cure ovarian cancer to enhance the health and well-being of service members, veterans, retirees, their family members, and all women impacted by this disease. FY18 OCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on Grants.gov.

Registration open for upcoming patient education courses

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer has scheduled Ovarian Cancer/Gynecologic Cancer Education Courses in five metropolitan areas across the country for the remainder of 2018. SGO members can encourage their patients to take advantage of these free, full-day programs. The courses are geared towards survivors, family, friends and other supporters who are interested in learning more about the disease from the leading cancer experts in the United States. Please make note of the following dates and locations:

Southern California
Ovarian Cancer Education Course
Saturday, April 28, 2018
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

Minnesota
Ovarian Cancer Education Course
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Marriott Rochester Hotel
Rochester, MN

Metro Atlanta
Ovarian Cancer Education Course
(Location TBA)
August 2018

Metro New York City
Ovarian Cancer Education Course
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
Mt. Sinai Hospital Main Building
Stern Auditorium
New York, NY

Metro Washington, DC
Gynecologic Cancer Education Course
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
JW Marriott Washington, DC
Washington, DC