CEO Update March 2019 Mar 08, 2019
Society News & Updates from Mary Eiken, IGCS CEO March 2019 United States Agency for Internation...
IGCS shares knowledge to establish high standards and raise public awareness for detection and treatment of women’s cancer. Learn More
Alliances with organizations whose goals align with those of the IGCS strengthen our message and broaden the reach of our mission. Learn More
To enhance the care of women with gynecologic cancer worldwide through education, training, and public awareness. Learn More
IGCS membership includes experts in women’s cancer care from around the world. Learn More
Our members are valuable resources that facilitate professional connections on a global scale to share knowledge to improve the lives of women with cancer. Learn More
IGCS empowers women, protects their interests and strives to provide patients with access to information and available resources. Learn More
International mentorship and training programs bring together members from high and lower resource settings to share knowledge and build relationships. Learn More
Since 1985, the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) has been uniting the globe in the fight against gynecologic cancer by contributing to the prevention, treatment and study of gynecologic cancer, as well as improvement in the quality of life among women suffering from gynecologic cancer throughout the world.
IGCS Member since 2018
Gynecological malignancies are very commonly referred in our hospital. I decided to pursue a career in this field in 2013. I have completed my research project in epithelial ovarian cancer at our university. I am actively involved in the clinical management of cervix cancer and germ cell ovarian tumors. We hold tumor board meetings and clinical pathological meetings every week. I am faculty in charge of the Hospital Based Cancer Registry Program at our university in which we are looking at pattern of care in cervix cancer. Currently, we are also promoting preventive oncology at our university.
I decided to pursue a career in gynaecological oncology because there is a big need in my community and a profound lack of awareness of women’s cancer prevention and treatment. Even the very educated do not know enough about proper gynaecological oncological surgery.
After completing my fellowship in Gynaecological Oncology from Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, I joined a teaching hospital where I was already working. It caters a vast, mostly rural area where patients come in advanced stages. Unfortunately, the gynaecologists here have no clear understanding of managing these patients. I hope to bring my new knowledge to help the local population and utilize my IGCS membership to access education and resources and to make connections with gynaecologic oncology specialists around the world.
Member Since 2017.
The reason why I decided to pursue my career in women`s cancer are; 1. Women still are the disadvantaged segment of the population in our country. 2. There are very few gynecologic oncologists in my country which they recently graduated but still untouched demand. Being one of them, l will contribute something on provision and scaling up the standards of prevention, treatment, training and research activities pertaining the women’s cancer. 3. Finally of course, I have a major interest in treatment and study gynecologic malignancies. In addition to the activities that I have as a general gynecologist and obstetrician, I also have a major involvement in the diagnosis, treatment and follow up of women with cancer.
IGCS Member Since 2012
I am a medical oncologist but I've been passionate about women's cancers since medical school. I was fortunate that the opportunity to specialize in gyn oncology was an option during my fellowship. The patients are incredible and the science as well - plus there are so many discoveries waiting to be made.
I am currently the Director for Women's Cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute, which includes overseeing the academic development towards a center of excellence within our breast and gynecologic cancers divisions. I mentor both faculty and fellows across specialties and also run a sexual health first responders clinic in the cancer center. I continue to be involved in social media and professional use, as both the chair of the Social Media Working Group for ASCO and the Digital Engagement Committee for SWOG. Finally, I continue to be involved in novel approaches to women's cancers as PI for multiple trials and as the co-chair of the Cervical Cancer Task Force for the US National Cancer Institute.