SGO Issues September 11, 2014
Re-launched SGO Connect Ed easier to navigate
My Gift of Hope | Linda Ryan
Complete SGO’s Five-Year Practice Survey
SGO supports Globe-athon throughout September
HVO seeks gyn onc nurse for Honduras trip
Cast your vote for SGO bylaws amendments
On Sept. 8 SGO re-launched its online learning program, SGO Connect Ed, with a multidisciplinary gynecologic oncology curriculum on a desktop- and mobile-friendly platform. SGO Education Committee Vice Chair Angeles Alvarez-Secord, MD, and SGO Learning Development Subcommittee Chair Linda Duska, MD, discuss the benefits of the new SGO Connect Ed in this new video.
The comprehensive content is now easier to navigate with tabs for cervical, ovarian, uterine, vulvar/vaginal and breast cancers, as well as gestational trophoblastic disease.
Other features on the new SGO Connect Ed include:
- Surgical films for patient case comparison
- Monthly video debate symposia (coming soon in collaboration with Good Health)
- Recordings of SGO meetings concerning the latest research
- Research articles abstracted by experts in the field
- Upcoming educational meeting and webinar notifications
Access SGO Connect Ed at www.sgo.org/sgoconnected.
As a three-time cancer survivor, I am more aware of how much meaning my life has now. Not only how precious life is and how thankful I am to be alive, but also of the opportunity to give back.
When I was diagnosed with recurrent cervical cancer in 2011, my prognosis was bleak—at least according to the Google searches I made. In response to that information, my friends looked for ways to honor me during my battle. My third diagnosis came at the height of my fitness level. Four weeks after running my first marathon, I found the lymph node that indicated my cervical cancer was back.
My friends asked if they could host a 5K run in our small town of Deland, FL. Our goal was for the race to be a way to get our community moving. We hoped that at least 300 people would participate; instead, 900 people registered. The community embraced the message of battling cancer with health, laughter, and friendship, and we recognized that we could do great things with the money we raised.
ME STRONG was born out of the love of friends and desire to help others. We have helped others in our community battling cancer and contributed to cancer research. While we have made an impact on the lives of individuals, making a difference in the research world is something that gives me hope that others won’t have to experience what I did.
ME STRONG has donated to various research programs over the last two years, but we have never been able to measure the impact of those donations. Through Shannon Westin, MD, my doctor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, I was introduced to Robert Coleman, MD. In speaking with Dr. Coleman about ways that ME STRONG could find a measurable way to support research, he suggested funding a grant through the SGO’s Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology.
This summer ME STRONG made a donation of $15,000 to kick off the Gift of Hope program. We are hopeful that our grant to the SGO will enable the physicians who are passionate about gynecologic oncology to move a step closer to a cure. It is because of their specialized knowledge that I lived through a diagnosis that many don’t.
As a patient, I have been able to give something back in ways that have been both numerous and impactful. I have been able to speak to other patients and share my story. By my doing so, they have found hope that they, too, may live through the dark days and once again enjoy a good quality of life. Our charity has been able to support others through the unimaginable financial difficulties brought about by a cancer diagnosis.
Hope is an amazing gift that we all can share with others. One doesn’t have to have cancer to feel a passion for giving back. My friends who have never been through chemotherapy have a desire to fund research so others don’t have to experience the helpless feeling that they had when they read about the low success rates for those who share my diagnosis. Caretakers can also find ways to support funding for research to honor others who have unselfishly cared for loved ones during their battle.
As a cancer survivor, I am grateful for the gift of hope when I learn about cancer research and tour research labs. Every patient should have that hope. I have told many people that I am thankful for my cancer because so much good has come out of it. I know that it’s easy for me to say that because I survived, but when I give to others, whether to individuals or through research, I receive a gift that gives meaning to my life and my journey.
Make your voice be heard about the subspecialty. Full and candidate gynecologic oncology members have until Monday, Sept. 29, to complete the survey. Contact Jessica Oldham to request a personalized link.
Last week Globe-athon premiered its video, “‘Best Day of My Life’ – Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancers,” as part of the international movement’s effort to raise awareness and increase early detection and prevention of gynecologic cancers. Members of SGO’s Chicago staff joined supporters from 24 countries and several U.S. locations included in of the video. Throughout September, more than 170 events will be held in 70 countries.
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) seeks a nurse for the gynecologic oncology team traveling to Honduras Oct. 27-31. A description of a previous HVO trip to Honduras was posted by SGO member Ebony Hoskins, MD, in the SGO Voices blog last year. Begin the volunteer placement process here. For more information contact Zoe Quint at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER: Please cast your vote for the SGO Bylaws amendments now through Sept. 30. Proposed amendments must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the votes cast with no less than 15 percent of voting members participating. Refer to email with voting instructions and link sent on August 28 from email@example.com. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Ocampo at firstname.lastname@example.org.