SGO Issues June 15, 2017
Immunotherapy section, Annual Meeting abstracts in Gyn Onc
Robotic Colorectal Procedures in Gyn Onc webinar June 20
Contact SGO Membership to transition to next level
Gynecologic oncology research at ASCO 2017
The June 2017 edition of Gynecologic Oncology features a special section on immunotherapy by guest editors Amir A. Jazaeri, MD, and Brad H. Nelson, MD. This edition also includes Abstracts Presented for the 2017 Society of Gynecologic Oncology 48th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, Highlights from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology 2017 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer by Leigh A. Cantrell, MD, and Floor Backes, MD, and a clinical commentary on The clinical trials crisis in gynecologic oncology by Marcela G. del Carmen, MD; Christina M. Annunziata, MD, PhD; and Laurel W. Rice, MD.
SGO will present a free, live webinar, “Robotic Colorectal Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology,” at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT/4:00 p.m. PT on June 20. This hour-and-a-half program is the sixth installment of the SGO Robotics Academy: Clinical Application of Robotic Surgery in Gynecologic Oncology. Course faculty Gerald Feuer, MD, of Atlanta Gynecologic Oncology/Northside Hospital and Amer Karam, MD, of Stanford University will lead a discussion about the indications, surgical techniques, and postoperative care of gynecologic cancer patients who undergo robotic colorectal procedures.
Webinar participants will hear advice on how to incorporate these procedures into their practice, as well as the surgical indications, techniques, and postoperative care for robotic laparoscopic colorectal procedures in patients with gynecologic malignancies.
According to Josh Cohen, MD, Vice Chair for Content Development for the SGO Education Committee, the educational material has not been presented at previous SGO Robotics webinars and it will be new to most SGO members, as robotic technology for colon procedures has advanced significantly with the incorporation of robotic staplers and the Xi robotic platform.
“Colorectal procedures are common in the management of advanced stage ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer,” said Dr. Cohen. “These procedures can be very important in the setting of recurrent gynecologic cancer.
“Tumor involvement of the colon may require surgical excision for cancer treatment or colonic diversion to improve quality of life,” Dr. Cohen explained. “A robotic laparoscopic approach is relatively new and represents a minimally invasive means by which these procedures can potentially be performed. A less invasive surgical approach results in decreased recovery time and usually less postoperative pain.”
SGO members who are transitioning their membership levels from Resident/Student to Fellow, Fellow to Candidate, or Candidate to Full should contact SGO Membership at (312) 235-4060 or firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate the process. Dues received from July 1 to Dec. 31 are applied to the following year although membership becomes active upon approval.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Annual Meeting was held June 2-6 in Chicago, and included a session dedicated to oral abstracts in gynecologic oncology. Several SGO members were on hand to discuss their impressions of selected abstracts, including two international ovarian cancer surgery trials, the ICON6 ovarian cancer trial, the CheckMate 358 nivolumab trial, and two endometrial cancer trials, including PORTEC-3.