SGO Issues August 27, 2015
SGO Connect Ed launches new video series
International Gynecologic Cancer Care and Delivery at SGO Annual Meeting
Ovarian Cancer Endpoints Workshop Sept. 3
Globe-athon adding events beyond September
Foundation for Women’s Cancer National Race to End Women’s Cancer Nov. 8
On Sept. 1 SGO Connect Ed will launch the first program in a new online video series, “Real Conversations: Research to Best Practice in Gynecologic Oncology.” The first program will be “Precision and Molecular Testing in Clinical Practice,” moderated by Deanna Teoh, MD, from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN; with panelists Elizabeth Swisher, MD, from the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA; John Farley, MD, COL, FACOG, FACS, from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ; and SGO President Robert L. Coleman, MD, from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
Two more panel discussions on the topics of “PARP Inhibitors: Value-Based Care with Olaparib” and “Optimal Management of Newly Diagnosed Advanced Ovarian Cancer” will premiere on SGO Connect Ed in mid-September and early October, respectively. Each program is approximately 30 minutes long and CME credit will be available.
Angeles Alvarez-Secord, MD, Vice Chair of the SGO Education Committee and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, worked with Linda Duska, MD, from the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, VA, in the development of these panel discussions.
“The SGO Education Committee is very interested in exploring different options for learning,” said Dr. Alvarez-Secord. “We feel a responsibility to provide our members with meaningful educational opportunities using a variety of forums to meet individual learning styles. Dr. Duska and I were excited to develop videos that captured how leaders in our multidisciplinary field really treat their patients based on current research.”
Dr. Alvarez-Secord added that an audiovisual medium creates an interactive and stimulating forum that is ideal for exploring current and novel management options for women with gynecologic cancer.
“One of the biggest benefits to our video series is that they are presented in short and entertaining segments that the viewer can quickly watch and learn,” she said. “It is incredibly important for experts in the treatment of women’s cancer to discuss the latest clinical trials because these studies have real-life implications for our patients. We strive to practice evidence-based medicine and it’s amazing how many different and valid ways there are to treat women with gynecologic cancer.”
Dr. Alvarez-Secord said that SGO Connect Ed plans to create more video segments and welcomes SGO members’ thoughts regarding content as well as speaker suggestions.
The International Program at the 2016 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in San Diego, CA will take place on Friday, March 19. This session will emphasize global gynecologic cancer epidemiology. Abstracts that focus on comparative delivery of international gynecologic oncology cancer care are encouraged with a particular emphasis on those that examine differences in disease presentation, challenges to treatment delivery and financial and infrastructure restrictions.
Deborah K. Armstrong, MD, co-Scientific Program Director for the 2016 Annual Meeting, noted that cancer incidence and survival trends vary significantly throughout the global community. These differences result from variable access to early diagnosis and optimum treatment. Incidence and outcomes are also affected by economic, environmental, genetic and cultural factors.
“Establishing cancer registries can be particularly challenging in resource-limited settings, and more than half of worldwide cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries,” said Dr. Armstrong. “Accurate and reliable cancer surveillance provides critical information to guide the development of rational health policies, to support the development of targeted cancer screening, prevention and treatment, and to ultimately improve overall health-care delivery.”
Recognizing these challenges, the goals of this international session are threefold:
- To report geographic variations in the worldwide gynecologic cancer incidence with a particular emphasis on the burden of gynecologic cancers in low- and middle-income countries,
- To identify the challenges of public health reporting and provide examples of successful models for the development and implementation of cancer registries, and
- To describe national and regional variations in gynecologic cancer presentation and the unique challenges to provision of treatment.
Additional information on the content and course directors for the International Gynecologic Cancer Care and Delivery session will be available on the SGO website shortly before the start of the SGO Annual Meeting.
As previously reported in SGO Issues, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting the Ovarian Cancer Endpoints Workshop in cooperation with SGO, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), on Thursday Sept. 3, 2015, in Silver Spring, MD. The free public workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the FDA’s White Oak Campus Great Room. Seating is limited. The workshop may also be viewed by webcast. Click here to register.
Now in its third year, the Globe-athon movement to end women’s cancers is kicking off September—Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month—with various outreach events while also making plans to extend gynecologic cancer awareness well beyond a single calendar month. Various community events will be hosted across the world by the more than eighty countries that have partnered with Globe-athon over the past three years.
As part of its global outreach, Globe-athon will host a float with the theme, “Globe-athon in the Caribbean” as part of the West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn, NY, on Sept. 7. Calypso singer Alison Hinds will perform on the float and educational literature will be distributed during the parade. New York area residents and visitors who wish to participate in the float can register to receive a free costume through the Globe-athon website.
Globe-athon will also host a Health Care Symposium on Women’s Cancers for men and women on Sept. 25 and 26 at the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, led by local gynecologic oncologists. The goal is to provide information about GYN cancers and to offer free screening tests to all women who are interested.
“We would be interested in having all New York City grassroots organizations participate by registering their members to be a part of the float and getting the word out about the Health Care Symposium,” said G. Larry Maxwell, MD, FACOG, COL(ret), Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Globe-athon Executive Director. “Our goal is to reach as many women as possible.”
Linus Chuang, MD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, will be traveling to Liberia and Ghana this fall to help promote the Globe-athon movement. He explained that Globe-athon events worldwide will vary based on the needs and preferences of the local region.
“One major change in Globe-athon is having the events not limited to September, and not limited to a walk as in previous years, so some countries might do an indoor education session or cervical cancer screening,” said Dr. Chuang, adding that most Asian countries are still experiencing tropical weather in September, making outdoor events impractical.
In addition to these live events, Globe-athon has just made additional resources available online, including video clips from Globe-athon’s June 18 special symposium at the United Nations, co-sponsored with the Permanent Mission of Grenada. Called “A Call to Action – Eradication of Cervix Cancer – Embracing United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3,” the symposium featured leaders in medicine, science, advocacy, community and policy.
The sixth annual Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) National Race to End Women’s Cancer will be Nov. 8 on Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. Participants can choose between the 5K Run/Walk or 1 Mile Walk. All supporters of this movement can make a donation through the FWC National Race to End Women’s Cancer website.
Registration is $45, and includes a packet mailed to the registrant’s address if they sign up before Oct. 20. Donations also are welcomed. SGO members can become a part the SGO Surgeons Team, regardless of whether they participate in the race. Last year’s Surgeons Team had over 250 people and the goal is to beat that number.
Linda R. Duska, MD, Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Clinical Research at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, has been running in the Race to End Women’s Cancer since its inception in 2009, and has served as the Surgeons Team captain since 2012.
“The Surgeons Team is very special because it allows surgeons and our patients to interact at a new and different level,” said Dr. Duska. “Most importantly, it allows our patients and their families and friends to see how much their care providers support them.”
Dr. Duska added that the race is a “celebration of physical health and well-being” for care providers as well as patients and their advocates, families and friends.
“It is important to note that the Surgeons Team is truly meant to include all care providers: nurses, PA’s, NP’s, medical and radiation oncologists. Any care providers who take care of women with gynecologic cancer are welcome to join and participate,” she said. “Together we share in the journey that is cancer, and show our support for the incredible women who allow us the privilege of caring for them and sharing their lives.”