SGO Issues October 12, 2017
Clinical trials brought to national attention during GCAM
SGO releases 2016 Annual Report
Nominations for 2018-2019 SGO Board of Directors open through Nov. 9
Deadline tomorrow for Program Committee volunteers for 2019 SGO Annual Meeting
Clinical trials was the focus of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month this September; GCAM 2017 included a social media campaign by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, as well as a clinical trials explainer video and clinical trials brochure that practitioners can share with their patients. Print copies of the brochure may be ordered now, with delivery in four weeks.
FWC released more than 40 shareable graphics and posts on social media, many of which were also shared on SGO channels. The FWC campaign reached more than 66,000 advocates and friends with information about clinical trials and the symptoms of gynecologic cancers. More than 350 people used the Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Facebook photo frame.
Clinical trials was also the focus of a Sept. 16 column by New York Times columnist and ovarian cancer survivor Susan Gubar, who highlighted “The Crisis in Gynecological Cancer Research” based on information presented in July at the Ovarian Cancer National Conference in Chicago. In her column, Gubar credited several experts for sounding the alarm on the lack of GYN cancer clinical trials: John Moroney, MD, from the University of Chicago; Carol L. Brown, MD, from Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City; David Gershenson, MD, from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; Daniela E. Matei, MD, from Northwestern University in Chicago; and Alan D’Andrea, MD, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
“We should credit the researchers and urge our legislators to fund much needed clinical trials,” wrote Gubar. “We must each in our own way stand up for the importance of government-sponsored efforts to sustain the lives of people with so many precious stories to tell.”
Looking back on the presidential term of Jeffrey M. Fowler, MD, the Society has released the 2016 SGO Annual Report, featuring several resources and initiatives that were launched over the last year. These highlights include the merger of SGO and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, the SGO Wellness initiative, Genetics Toolkit, and the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego.
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is seeking committed members to apply for a leadership position on the SGO Board of Directors. Eligible members are invited to review the board service and election FAQs and complete the self-nomination form. Applicants will be asked to submit a brief biography and a headshot photo when completing the self-nomination form, in case they are slated for the election in mid-January 2018. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Nov. 9. Any questions regarding the application can be directed to SGO’s Manager of Governance, Jennifer Ocampo-Martinez, at (312) 676-3916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow, Oct. 13, is the deadline to volunteer for the Program Committee for the 50th SGO Annual Meeting, which will be held March 16-19, 2019, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, HI. The application can be accessed at bit.ly/2019volunteer.