SGO Issues November 7, 2013
SGO Clinical Practice Statement: Salpingectomy may prevent ovarian cancer
Annual Meeting preliminary schedule available
National Race Weekend draws 3,000+ participants
#GYNCSM Tweetchat Nov. 13 on clinical trials
Call for SGO Committee Volunteers
Important deadlines and reminders
SGO has developed a Clinical Practice Statement recommending that bilateral salpingectomy may serve as a viable approach to prevent ovarian cancer.
The one-page statement, “Salpingectomy may be appropriate and feasible as a strategy for ovarian cancer risk reduction,” provides information about the surgical options both high risk and average risk patients should consider prior to and post child bearing.
“With the growing acceptance that high grade serous ovarian cancer may not start in the ovaries, but actually may originate from the fallopian tubes, there is an impetus to removing fallopian tubes at the time of benign hysterectomy for women at average risk for ovarian cancer,” says Lee-may Chen, MD, Clinical Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF and vice-chair of SGO’s Clinical Practice Committee. “This may translate into a practice of removal of the tubes at other benign pelvic procedures, but more data are needed.”
The statement is now available here. A full manuscript, “Recommendations for the Prevention of Ovarian Cancer,” is under development and slated for submission to SGO’s journal, Gynecologic Oncology, in the upcoming months.
A preliminary schedule for the SGO 45th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Tampa, FL, March 22 – 25, 2014, is now available. More details will be added in the coming weeks. Housing and registration for the Annual Meeting opens Nov. 11.
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer’s National Race Weekend Nov. 1-3 in Washington, DC, drew more than 3,000 participants and 2,600 donors from around the nation united to raise awareness and research funding.
Top National Race to End Women’s Cancer teams included Team Inova under the leadership of Larry Maxwell, MD, with 229 members and more than $26,000 raised, and the Johns Hopkins Hudak Ova Achievers, led by Amanda Nickles-Fader, MD, which raised almost $24,000. The SGO Surgeons Team, captained by Linda Duska, MD, had a record 215 members and raised $16,690. In the 8K race, Drs. Rob Giuntoli (33:26), Rob Coleman (35:42), John Pepper (38:31) and Linda Duska (39:54) led the SGO team to a fifth place finish out of 208 teams, with an average time of 36:54.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, several SGO surgeons provided expert updates on the state of ovarian and uterine cancers to 170 survivors, their caregivers and loved ones at the Foundation’s free survivor courses. And on Nov. 1, the Foundation’s Allied Support Group brought together leaders of the national gynecologic cancer community. The Foundation is grateful for the support and participation of SGO leaders, members and staff who traveled to Washington, registered or donated to support the movement.
The next monthly Gynecologic Cancer Social Media (#gyncsm) tweetchat is Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 9 p.m. EST. This month’s topic is about clinical trials. #gyncsm is an online community of patients, survivors and families impacted by gynecologic cancers.
The annual call for SGO Committee Volunteers is now open. Individuals who are interested in serving must complete the online volunteer form by Dec. 2, 2013. To find out which committee would be the best fit, review the committee descriptions or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteers will be notified of their appointment status in late December or early January. Individuals who wish to serve on an SGO committee must be a member* in good standing. Renew your SGO Membership before Dec. 31, 2013.
*Resident/Student and Senior Members are not eligible to serve on committees.