SGO Issues May 16 2013

SGO Issues May 16, 2013

SGO applauds Angelina Jolie’s Public disclosure of double mastectomy
SGO addresses HPV vaccine, cervical cancer registry
New educational offerings on SGO Connect Ed
PCORI awards include ovarian cancer study
Prepare for the next level of SGO membership
Register now for SGO webinars and conferences
In the News

SGO applauds Angelina Jolie’s Public disclosure of double mastectomy

SGO applauds Angelina Jolie’s public announcement of her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy to lower her risk of breast cancer. Ms. Jolie carries the genetic mutation for BRCA1 and her physicians determined she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. In letters to the editor sent to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, SGO stated that:

  • The Society supports current guidelines of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommending genetic counseling and testing for all women with ovarian, peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer regardless of other family history or Jewish ancestry.
  • Genetic counselors are an invaluable resource for anyone concerned about their genetic risk for cancer.
  • Knowing about the presence of a mutation allows women to be proactive about their treatment.

Several SGO members were interviewed for articles related to the importance of genetic testing and enabling patients to make informed choices about the results. Highlights are featured in the “In the News” section below.

SGO addresses HPV vaccine, cervical cancer registry

On May 8, the SGO board approved the following position statement on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination:

“As the health care providers for women who suffer from cervical and lower genital tract cancers, members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) have long been primary advocates for the prevention of cervical and other HPV-related cancers. SGO strongly supports vaccination of both girls and boys against HPV to prevent HPV-related cancers. Use of these vaccines, coupled with recommended cervical cancer screening, would eliminate most cervical cancer. Other cancers associated with HPV including cancer of the vulva, vagina, anus, penis, and some head and neck cancers may also be prevented with use of the HPV vaccine.”

In keeping with SGO’s position on HPV vaccination, the Society has entered into a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in support of its HPV Vaccine for Preteens and Teens campaign. SGO has also made cervical cancer an important component of the Society’s gynecologic oncology registry. The Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology has received funding from Hologic and Roche for such an initiative, and the registry will collect screening information from cervical cancer patients.

New educational offerings on SGO Connect Ed

SGO has added several new educational offerings, including webinars, meeting recordings and most recently the 2013 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer Webcast and Syllabus on SGO Connect Ed. Log on today to view these new programs, such as:

  • 2013 Annual Meeting Webcast and Syllabus – Free for meeting attendees (SGO designates this online activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits™.)
  • Medical Oncology Lecture Series* Pathology Lecture Series
  • Core Gynecologic Oncology Series

Questions about your SGO Connect Ed account or accessing online education can be sent directly to education@sgo.org.

PCORI awards include ovarian cancer study

On May 7 the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) approved 51 new awards, totaling $88.6 million over three years. One of these awards includes a study on “Ovarian Cancer Patient-Centered Decision Aid,” headed by principal investigator Lari Wenzel, PhD, at the University of California, Irvine.

Additional information about the ovarian cancer study’s objective, background, methodology and patient outcomes are available at PCORI.org.

Prepare for the next level of SGO membership

Congratulations to those who recently passed their American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Gynecologic Oncology Boards. You are now eligible to apply for Full Membership, so fill out your application today.

Fellow-in-Training Members scheduled to graduate this summer, remember to apply for Candidate Membership to maintain your member benefits. SGO also encourages newly matched Fellows to apply for Fellow-in-Training Membership.

Contact membership@sgo.org to find out if you are ready for the next level of SGO Membership. Applications are due July 31.

Register now for SGO webinars and conferences

  • 2013 Coding Webinar Series: Coding for Chemotherapy webinar, May 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Register here.
  • State of the Art Conference/International Society for the Study of Trophoblastic Diseases (ISSTD) World Congress XVII: Sept. 20-23, 2013 in Chicago, IL. Register here.

In the News

Cedars-Sinai cancer doc: Angelina Jolie ‘humanized’ mastectomies, spurred action (May 14, 2013)
Jolie puts spotlight on a stark choice (May 14, 2013)
Angelina Jolie to remove ovaries: What are options for women at increased risk? (May 15, 2013)
Angelina Jolie planning to remove her ovaries in preventative cancer surgery after undergoing double mastectomy (May 15, 2013)