SGO Issues May 2, 2013
DNA Studies Suggest Paradigm Shift in Cancer Research
May is National Cancer Research Month
May 8 is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day
Funding for DoD Ovarian Cancer Research Program
Get Ready for the Next Level of SGO Membership
Connect with SGO on LinkedIn
In the News
Research on endometrial cancer published in the journal Nature and another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on acute myeloid leukemia indicates a paradigm shift in cancer research, where cancer will increasingly be seen as a disease defined by its genetic fingerprint rather than by the organ where it originated. Related articles in the New York Times, Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal feature comments from Douglas A. Levine, MD, head of the Gynecology Research Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, who is the principal investigator on the endometrial cancer study.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has declared May National Cancer Research Month. SGO joins more than 100 cancer centers, research institutions, scientific societies, hospitals, advocacy groups and other organizations in support of National Cancer Research Month, which is an opportunity to educate lawmakers about the importance of investing in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
As proof that cancer research saves lives, the AACR has produced a video detailing the progress that researchers have made since the National Cancer Act of 1971 and the subsequent “War on Cancer.” According to statistics from the NCI:
- Approximately 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in 2012.
- Among adults, the five-year survival rate for all cancers combined is approximately 68 percent – an increase of 18 percent since 1975.
- The five-year survival rate for all childhood cancers combined is approximately 80 percent – an increase of 30 percent since 1976.
Cancer research also plays an important role in sustaining the economy. According to statistics gathered by United for Medical Research, NIH funds support the work of more than 432,000 researchers and research personnel at more than 3,000 universities, medical schools, medical centers, teaching hospitals, small businesses and research institutions in every state.
SGO thanks those who perform research in gynecologic oncology and those who make donations to support it.
May 8, 2013, is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day. On this day, 26 ovarian cancer organizations from 17 countries around the world will unite to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
Ovarian cancer clinical practice guidelines, SGO position statements, and resources for patients, caregivers and survivors are available on the SGO.org website.
The Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) issued a “pre-announcement” on April 19 that the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Defense Appropriations Act will provide $20 million to the OCRP to support innovative, high-impact ovarian cancer research. FY13 OCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions are expected to be posted on Grants.gov in May and June 2013. Grant mechanisms include Clinical Translational Leverage Award, Ovarian Cancer Academy Award, Resource Development Award, Pilot Award and Teal Innovator Award.
Congratulations to those that 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. We also encourage newly matched Fellows to apply for Fellow-in-Training Membership.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if you are ready for the next level of SGO Membership. Applications are due July 31.
Connect with colleagues in your subspecialty and related fields by following the Society of Gynecologic Oncology on LinkedIn. The SGO LinkedIn page is now officially listed as “Society of Gynecologic Oncology” to avoid confusion with other organizations that share the acronym “SGO.”
- 2013 Coding Webinar Series: Chemotherapy webinar week of May 27, 2013
- 2014 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer: Call for Abstracts opens July 22 – Sept. 18, 2013.
- 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.
Consumer Reports evaluates cancer screenings (April 28, 2013)
Physician Compensation Report 2013 now on Medscape (April 26, 2013)
Latin American countries ‘threatened by rising cancer cases’ (April 25, 2013)
Bipartisan House group seeking reversal of sequester cuts to cancer care (April 24, 2013)