SGO Issues Aug. 25, 2016
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
SGO video launched as patient resource on endometrial cancer
Choosing Wisely seeks examples of practice changes
Purchase official race running shoe
New patient e-newsletters available through FWC
Update contact information in SGO member directory
On Sept. 1, both the SGO and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer will promote Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) through social media channels and dedicated website content. SGO members are encouraged to share #GCAM social media posts as well as graphics and videos that will be available through the SGO and FWC websites. Write or share social media posts about recognizing the symptoms of gynecologic cancers and the importance of being treated by a gynecologic oncologist if diagnosed. Use hashtags #EndWomensCancer, #gyncancer #sharethepurplelove, #sharetheteallove and take selfies wearing teal on #TealTuesday to show support for the cause.
Earlier this week the Foundation for Women’s Cancer premiered a patient education video produced by the SGO, where endometrial cancer survivors shared how they live and thrive after endometrial cancer. The video titled “Now I Know: Staying Healthy After Endometrial Cancer,” explores the connection between obesity and endometrial cancer, symptoms caused by the disease, and life after diagnosis and treatment. The video was supported by a grant from the American Cancer Society through the University of Chicago Medical Center.
“Now I Know” includes interviews with SGO members Carolyn Kirschner, MD, and Elena Diaz MD, of NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, and Nita Lee, MD, of the University of Chicago Medical Center. They discuss the risk factors of endometrial cancer such as obesity and diabetes, as well as the importance of being treated by a gynecologic oncologist. The video is available for viewing through SGO’s YouTube channel and SGO.org’s endometrial cancer website resources.
The ABIM Foundation is seeking stories about how their Choosing Wisely® campaign has inspired new projects or a change in physician practice. In October 2013 Choosing Wisely released SGO’s Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question with specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in gynecologic oncology. SGO’s Choosing Wisely also has a number of patient resources and is mentioned in various online reference materials related to gynecologic oncology. Contact SGO at firstname.lastname@example.org to share a story.
In preparation for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer in Washington, DC, Nov. 6, Foundation for Women’s Cancer is offering an official race shoe for $125 (plus shipping & handling). Ten percent of all shoe sales will benefit the foundation. The shoe designs are made exclusively by The Sole Revival and are available in separate styles for women (in purple or teal) and men (black). Those who place their orders by Sept. 30 will receive their shoes in time to wear for the race; orders will be accepted after Sept. 30, but the shoes will not likely be available prior to Nov. 6. Read more information and place your order now.
SGO members are encouraged to let their patients know about two new e-newsletters from the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC), the official foundation of the SGO. Thrive focuses on foundation patient education offerings and fundraising events and is released the third Tuesday of the month. Aware, which includes gynecologic cancer news geared towards a patient audience, is released the fourth Monday of every month. Patients who are interested in receiving one or both of these newsletters can contact Elizabeth Edwards, SGO Communications Coordinator, at email@example.com or 312-676-3911.
SGO encourages all members to log into their SGO account and update their contact information. The member business profiles should only include business contact information. Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.