Gynecologic Oncology News & Updates

A compilation of news articles in the field of gynecologic oncology and recent scientific studies

Controlling natural cell mechanism may open door to new cancer therapies
June 26, 2017: GEN news reports on a study published in Nature Communications that looks at controlling the natural physiological processes of cells, possibly halting the progress of disease. Read more.

A 2-minute test staves off cervical cancer
June 24, 2017: The Hindu.com reports on the work of the Kwiat Kobiecości (Flower of Womanhood) society, an organization providing information and resources to women in Poland. Read the article.

HPV screen detects more lesions but at cost of overtreatment
June 22, 2017: MedPage Today reports: “HPV tests resulted in faster and more complete diagnosis of precancerous lesions than Pap smears alone, but also led to more biopsies and surgical treatment of low-grade lesions, according to a new analysis of the New Mexico HPV Pap Registry published in JAMA Oncology.” Read more.

Combination demonstrates activity in endometrial cancer
June 21, 2017: Healio reports: “The combination of lenvatinib and pembrolizumab conferred benefit to previously treated patients with metastatic endometrial cancer, according to study results presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting.” Read more.

Risks of breast, ovarian and contralateral breast cancer for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers
June 20, 2017: The JAMA Network published the results of a study to estimate age-specific risks of breast, ovarian, and contralateral breast cancer for mutation carriers and to evaluate risk modification by family cancer history and mutation location. Read the study findings.

Tumor marker associated with poor ovarian cancer outcomes
June 19, 2017:
Healio.com reports Women with advanced ovarian cancer who expressed the tumor antigen NY-ESO-1demonstrated shorter PFS and OS than those without the antigen, according to study results published in Gynecologic Oncology. Read more.

Clovis Oncology (CLVS) reports topline data on confirmatory phase 3 ARIEL3 trial of rucaparib; significantly improved progression-free survival in all ovarian cancer patient populations
June 19, 2017: “PFS was also improved in the rucaparib group compared with placebo by blinded independent central review (BICR), a key secondary endpoint.” Read more from the CLVS press release regarding study results.

POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Primary debulking surgery vs. neoadjuvant chemotherapy for newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer
June 15, 2017: Drs. Renee Cowan and Dennis Chi debate that cytoreductive surgery is the best way to affect survival outcomes while Drs. Anna Fagotti and Giovanni Scambia make the case that in a significant percentage of patients, neoadjuvant therapy yields equivalent survival, with better quality of life and lower costs. Read the point and counterpoint reported by cancernetwork.com.

The hunt continues for early ovarian cancer clues
June 14, 2017: The JAMA Network Medical News and Perspectives article details the challenges in prevention and screening for ovarian cancer. Read the article.

The paradoxical benefits of a web app for cancer patients
June 11, 2017: Forbes reports a new web-based tool currently in development with the goal to improve communication between patients and oncologists in which cancer patients can report symptoms weekly. Read more.

Better delivery method sought for high-dose chemo known to treat residual ovarian cancer
June 9, 2017: Ovarian Cancer News Today reports: “A recent study aimed to define the most effective chemotherapy dosage to successfully shrink tumors after surgery in women with residual ovarian cancer spread throughout the abdomen. It found that the effectiveness of chemotherapy strongly relies on the outcome of the initial surgery to remove as many tumors as possible.” Read more.

Liquid biopsies: too soon for cancer detection
June 8, 2017: Medscape reports: ” While the idea of using a drop of blood to detect an occult cancer is still elusive, use of so-called liquid biopsies for cancer screening is at least a little closer to reality with the development of a new high-intensity genomic sequencing approach outlined here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Annual Meeting.” Read more (free login required).

‘Very high risk’ of blood clots in ovarian cancer patients who have chemo before surgery
June 8, 2017: “More than 25 percent of patients undergoing chemotherapy before and after surgery for ovarian cancer develop blood clots, according to a new retrospective cohort study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.” Read more.

No survival benefit with node dissection in ovarian cancer
June 7, 2017: Presented at ASCO 2017: “Lymph node dissection had no impact on survival among women with completely resected ovarian cancer and clinically negative nodes, a large randomized trial showed.” Read more from MedPage Today.

High risk women with endometrial cancer often do not receive genetic counseling referral
June 5, 2017: According to a study presented by Dr. Stephanie Blank at ASCO 2017, “Genetic testing is likely underutilized for patients with endometrial cancer. By identifying mutations in women with endometrial cancer, we can heighten screening for other cancers and test family members.” Read more of this Healio article and interview with Dr. Blank.

HPV vaccine reduces high-risk infections, are people getting vaccinated?
June 4, 2017: Pharmacy Time reports: “The efficacy of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine continues to be impressive, with newly reported findings showing that it reduced the prevalence of high-risk oral HPV infections by 88% in young adults who had at least 1 dose of the vaccine; however, low vaccine uptake remains a concern.” Read more.

No QoL decrement with olaparib for recurrent ovarian cancer
June 4, 2017: Dr. Michael Friedlander reported at the 2017 ASCO meeting, “Treatment with olaparib led to a significant improvement in the primary endpoint of investigator-assessed progression-free survival versus placebo and in the secondary time-dependent efficacy endpoints of time to first subsequent therapy (TFST), second progression-free survival (PFS2), and time to second subsequent therapy (TSST).” Read more of his interview with Targeted Oncology.

Olaparib/cediranib combination leads to continued PFS improvement in ovarian cancer
June 4, 2017: Dr. Joyce Liu reported at the 2017 ASCO meeting, PFS continues to be superior with the combination of cediranib maleate and olaparib (Lynparza) compared with olaparib alone in patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer.” Read more from Targeted Oncology.

ASCO 2017: Ovarian cancer drug delivers ‘very promsing’ results in early trial
June 3, 2017: “Researchers believe the drug, which mimics the action of folic acid to enter cells, could hold huge promise for women with advanced ovarian cancer who have stopped responding to standard treatment.” Read more.

ASCO: Does chemotherapy in breast and ovarian cancer patients cause AML and MDS?
June 3, 2017: New data presented at ASCO 2017 shows “that the incidence of MDS and AML in ovarian and breast cancer patients was higher in patients exposed to DNA damaging agents.” Read more.

Promising activity reported for nivolumab in gynecologic cancers
June 03, 2017: From Cancer Therapy Advisor’s coverage of the 2017 ASCO meeting: “Nivolumab, a programmed death (PD)-1 inhibitor, showed promising clinical activity in recurrent or metastatic cervical cancers and provides a promising new approach to treatment, according to data from the CheckMate 358 trial.” Read more.

Lynparza (olaparib) maintenance treatment offers sustained quality of life alongside improved progression-free survival in women with BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer
June 2, 2017: Business wire: “AstraZeneca today reported new data from the Phase III SOLO-2 trial of Lynparza (olaparib) 300mg twice-daily tablet maintenance treatment showing that quality of life (QoL) is sustained alongside improved progression-free survival (PFS) in women with germline BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm), platinum-sensitive, relapsed serous ovarian cancer.” Read more.

Dr. Wingo on gynecologic oncology guidelines
June 1, 2017: From OncLive, Dr. Shana Wingo discusses the guidelines publsied in JCO and Gynecologic Oncology recommending all patients with gynecologic malignancies be referred to a gynecologic oncologist. Watch the video. 

HIV may prompt progression of HPV infection to cervical pre-cancer
June 1, 2017: From Healio: “HPV infection appeared more likely to progress to cervical precancer in women with HIV, according to an analysis from multiple cohorts in Senegal, West Africa.” Read more.

Breastfeeding linked to lower endometrial cancer risk
June 1, 2017: Reuters Health reports: “In the analysis of data from 17 past studies, researchers found that women who had ever breastfed their children were 11 percent less likely than women who had children but didn’t breastfeed to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer.” Read more.

New tech promises easier cervical cancer screening
May 31, 2017: Science Daily reports: “Researchers have developed a handheld device for cervical cancer screening that promises to do away with uncomfortable speculums and high-cost colposcopes. If widely adopted, women might even self-screen, transforming screening and cure rates in low-income regions where cervical cancer is most prevalent.” Read more.

Bariatric surgery linked to lower risk of female-specific cancers
May 31, 2017: Published in Gynecologic Oncology, “a new study finds that bariatric surgery can have beneficial effects for women beyond just weight loss: it was also associated with lower risk of female-specific cancers, like breast or ovarian cancer.” Read more.

Unexpected presence of glucose receptor in ovarian cancer links metabolism to most aggressive cases
May 30, 2017: Science Daily reports: “A new study of non-diabetic women with ovarian cancer reveals a potential correlation and area for further study regarding the expression of the GLUT1 glucose transporter receptor at the cancer tissue level. GLUT1 is a receptor protein involved in the absorption of glucose, or sugar, in the bloodstream and across membranes in the body.” Read more.

HPV cancer risk remains high after CIN3 Dx
May 30, 2017: Med Page Today reports: “The increased risk for HPV-related carcinomas and pre-malignancies of the anogenital and oropharyngeal region can last for decades after a diagnosis of cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia grade 3 (CIN3), leaving previously diagnosed older and unvaccinated women at significant risk, according to researchers.” Read more.

Open-access genetic screening for hereditary breast cancer is feasible, effective
May 27, 2017: From Science Daily: “Offering open-access genetic testing for the inherited breast cancers BRCA1 and 2 to Ashkenazi women unaffected by cancer, regardless of their family history, enables the identification of carriers who would otherwise have been missed, a new study demonstrates.” Read more.

New cellular target may put the brakes on cancer’s ability to spread
May 26, 2017: From Science Daily: “Researchers have discovered a biochemical signaling process that causes densely packed cancer cells to break away from a tumor and spread the disease elsewhere in the body.” Read more.

New guidance for targeting residual ovarian tumors
May 23, 2017: from Science Daily: “Researchers who are working on an implantable device that could make intraperitoneal chemotherapy more bearable have published a new study that offers insight into how to improve chemotherapy strategies for ovarian cancer, and how to determine which patients would be most likely to benefit from their device.” Read more.

In landmark move, FDA approves cancer drug for a biomarker, not a tissue
May 23, 2017: MedCity News reports FDA approval of Merck’s checkpoint inhibitor, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), for patients with solid tumors that express so-called mismatched repair genes. This approval marks a change in the precision medicine industry. Read more.

US doctors trained in Shanghai
May 23, 2017: Article from ShanghaiDaily.com notes that a team of doctors from Northwestern University spent two weeks at the Shanghai Tumor Center training for cervical cancer surgery. Read the article.

Early Diagnosis of gynecologic cancers in ladies with review of literature
May 2017: Literature review published in the Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology discussing the importance of tumor markers for early diagnosis of gynecological malignancies. Read the review.

Gynecologic oncology and colposcopy clinic opens in Hamad, Qatar
May 22, 2017: Hamad Medical Corporation’s Women’s Wellness and Research Center is now welcoming gynecologic oncology patient’s to its clinic. Read more about the clinic including a brief interview with Dr. Jonathan Herod.

National survey shows resource, emotional and support needs of the ovarian cancer community
May 22, 2017: TESARO announces results of a national survey of patients and healthcare providers to understand education and support needs of advanced ovarian cancer patients. “Created with input from leading ovarian cancer advocacy groups – National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) – the results from the survey indicate that regardless of the stage of ovarian cancer, there is uncertainty among patients about what to expect after diagnosis – whether they are initially diagnosed or actively seeking greater resources and connections to lessen the burden of the disease.” Read more.

Impact of prophylactic HPV vaccination on oral HPV infections among young adults in the US
May 20, 2017: Abstract to be presented at the 2017 ASCO Meeting finds that the “HPV vaccination substantially reduced vaccine-type oral HPV infection prevalence among young adults (ages 18-33 years) in the US population during 2011-2014. However, due to low vaccine uptake, population-level effectiveness was modest overall and particularly low in men.” Read the abstract.

Avastin benefit varies by ovarian cancer subtype
May 19, 2017: Cure Today reports on a recent study finding Avastin to be more effective in treating certain types of ovarian cancer. Brian Slomovitz, MD (USA) weighs in on a study by Stefan Kommoss, MD (Germany). Read more.

Is artificial intelligence the future of cervical cancer detection?
May 19, 2017: “After a decade of work, scientists from Lehigh University have created a cervical cancer screening technique that has the potential to outperform humans at a significantly lower cost. The investigators believe the technique could be used in developing countries, and are currently seeking funding to conduct clinical trials using the data-drive method.” Read more.

Women opt to skip pelvic exams when told they have little benefit
May 18, 2017: NPR discusses the difference of recommendations between ACOG and the American College of Physicians regarding frequency of pelvic examination. Read the article.

Deficiencies in repair of DNA identified in many types of solid tumors
May 17, 2017: “A new investigation of more than 48,000 stored tumor samples finds evidence of a key deficiency in a repair mechanism designed to keep DNA from being mutated and causing cancer.” Read the article.

Ovarian cancer patient actively seeking PARP inhibitor therapy, expert says
May 15, 2017: Dr. Dennis Scribner interviewed by Targeted Oncology discusses treatment options for patients with recurrent ovarian cancer, including how PARP inhibitors have enhanced these options. Read the interview.

Why burnout is so hard to fix
May 11, 2017: Editorial in the Journal of Oncology Practice discusses the insidious onset of burnout, beginning with the clinicians desire to prove their worth and the trajectory that follows. A must read for hard working clinicians. (log-in required)

11 Subtle signs of ovarian cancer & when you should see a doctor
May 10, 2017: Several gynecologic oncologists weigh in on this comprehensive list of early warning signs of ovarian cancer. Read and share the list.

Editorial: Finding the rare pathogenic variants in a human genome
May 9, 2017: JAMA Insights – Genomics and Precision Health published an editorial with the abstract, “Decreases in the cost of DNA sequencing have enabled substantial progress in fields ranging from archaeology and evolution to basic biomedical science. Concomitantly, there have been calls for routine genome-scale sequencing of healthy individuals in hopes of discovering clinically important information. For example, discovery of a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer due to a BRCA1/2 mutation can enable aggressive surveillance or risk-reducing surgery.” Read more.

Vaccine reduces HPV prevalence in teens, young adults
May 9, 2017: Medpage today reports the prevalence of HPV has fallen among young women in the U.S. since vaccination was recommended in 2006; first evidence that herd immunity protects unvaccinated individuals. Read the article.

Cancer antigen expression associated with prognosis in ovarian cancer
May 3, 2017: “Patients with ovarian cancer who express the NY-ESO-1 testis antigen have significantly shorter overall survival than those who do not, according to a new study. These patients may benefit from immunotherapy agents.” Read more from Cancer Network.

Expert discusses excitement for immunotherapy potential in ovarian cancer
May 2, 2017: “Results of the phase III JAVELIN 200 Ovarian trial have the potential to make a practice-changing impact on the field of ovarian cancer, according to Bradley J. Monk, MD, as immunotherapy could finally make its mark on management of this disease.” Read the full article from Targeted Oncology.

Combination therapy may be effective option for treating some women with ovarian cancer
May 2, 2017: “Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh’s research, published in the journal Precision Oncology, shows a new combination therapy of carboplatin and an experimental drug called birinapant can improve survival in mice with ovarian cancer tumors. Additional findings reveal that testing for a specific protein could identify ovarian tumors for which the treatment could be effective.” Read more.

PET/CT can evaluate lymph node metastasis in high-risk endometrial cancer
April 28, 2017: Diagnostic Imaging reports “Adding fluorine 18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) to CT allows for better detection of lymph node (LN) metastasis in high-risk endometrial cancer, according to a study published in the journal Radiology.” Read more.

Rucaparib leads to frequent durable remissions in BRCA-mutated relapsed ovarian cancer
April 25, 2017: Reported by ASCO Post: “Rucaparib (Rubraca) led to frequent durable remissions among patients with relapsed high-grade ovarian cancer with BRCA mutations, regardless of whether the mutations were germline or somatic, according to the results of the ARIEL2 trial presented at the 2017 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting.” Read more.

Therapeutic vaccine designed to reduce recurrence of cervical cancer under study
April 25, 2017: Eureka Alert reports “The vaccine is being studied in patients at high risk because of evidence that cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes in their pelvis or because their disease was diagnosed in the later stages the first time. It’s believed to evoke an immune response that enables the woman’s own body to better stave off the disease.” Read the article including an interview with Dr. Sharad A. Ghamande (USA).

Genomic consequences of abberant DNA repair mechanisms stratify ovarian cancer histotypes
April 24, 2017: Article published in Nature Genetics “establishes the potency of the somatic genome, reflective of diverse DNA repair deficiencies, to stratify ovarian cancers into distinct biological strata within the major histotypes.” Read the abstract.

Adding bevacizumab to chemo may prolong survival in recurrent ovarian cancer
April 24, 2017: Cancer Therapy Adviser reports the results of a study published in Lancet Oncology – According to the authors, the results of this study suggest that “bevacizumab added to paclitaxel and carboplatin might favourably affect overall survival in women with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer.” Read more.

Recruitment begins for world’s first ovarian cancer vaccine
April 20, 2017: Medical Xpress reports that “UConn Health is beginning to recruit patients for the world’s first personalized genomics-driven ovarian cancer vaccine clinical trial. The goal: to prevent an often deadly relapse of the disease in women diagnosed at advanced stages.” Read more.

Hypertension linked to better outcomes for subset of ovarian cancer patients
April 17, 2017: “New research from epidemiologists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control, provides evidence that hypertension and diabetes and the use of medications to treat these common conditions may influence the survival of ovarian cancer patients; sometimes in a detrimental way, but in the case of hypertension medications, perhaps as a benefit.” Read the article from News Medical Net.

PARP inhibitors: the cornerstone of DNA repair-targeted therapies
April 15, 2017: Cancer Network posted a comprehensive review article on DNA repair and the role of PARP. Read the full article.

Read archived news stories.

New Members June 2017

Welcome to the New Members who have joined since March, 2017!

Dr. Alison Freimund Australia Medical Oncologist
Dr. Nisha Jagasia Australia Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Maryam Husain Bahrain Gynecologic Oncologist
Ms. Mileide Sousa Brazil Fellow-in-Training
Dr. Anna Plotkin Canada Pathologist
Dr. Elisa Orlandini Chile Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Sven Becker Germany Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Thomas Konney Ghana Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Erzsébet Szatmári Hungary OB/GYN
Dr. Dweep Jindal India Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Ragini Mehrotra India OB/GYN
Dr. Swasti Swasti India Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Veena P India Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Donal Brennan Ireland Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Luz Rivas Mexico Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Roberto Romero Mexico Medical Oncologist
Dr. Dercia Changule Mozambique Resident
Dr. Anju Shrestha Nepal Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Dorry Boll Netherlands Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Oluwadare Adepetu Nigeria Fellow-in-Training
Dr. Angelica Stephanie Munoz Philippines OB/GYN
Dr. Donalyn Barcial Philippines Fellow-in-Training
Dr. Dagmara Klasa-Mazurkiewicz Poland Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Gavrilov Mikhail Russia Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Matsiane Luciah Lekala South Africa OB/GYN
Dr. Nataliya Tsip Ukraine Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Mohamed Otify United Kingdom Resident
Mr. Satyam Kumar United Kingdom Fellow-in-Training
Dr. Jvan Casarin United States Fellow-in-Training
Dr. Kevin Elias United States Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Larissa Meyer United States OB/GYN
Dr. Matthew Schlumbrecht United States Gynecologic Oncologist
Dr. Tri Dinh United States Gynecologic Oncologist

Read the Current Issue of IJGC

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IJGC is the scientific publication for topics relevant to detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gynecologic malignancies. IJGC emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach, and includes original research (clinical trials and translational or basic research), reviews, and opinion pieces. The list of associate editors represents every part of the globe and all the major disciplines involved in treating cancer. Preview the current issue (June, 2017) table of contents here.

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New WHO Director Elected

IGCS congratulates the newly elected Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The new Director was elected on May 23, 2017 and will begin his five year term on July 1, 2017. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was previously the Minister of Health and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia as well as serving as Chairman of multiple health related boards. According to the WHO press release, “As Minister of Health, Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led a comprehensive reform effort of the country’s health system, including the expansion of the country’s health infrastructure, creating 3,500 health centres and 16,000 health posts; expanded the health workforce by 38,000 health extension workers; and initiated financing mechanisms to expand health insurance coverage.” His accomplishments are great and are further detailed in the WHO press release.

 

President’s Perspective May 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Two months ago, I was privileged to speak at the 2017 meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) in Cape Town about our global curriculum and training programme. At the same meeting, our former President, Lynnette Denny gave a wonderful plenary lecture highlighting the huge health care inequalities between the first and third worlds and emphasised that a diagnosis of cervical cancer, the leading cause of death of women from cancer in emerging countries, leads to loss of employment and income and a major deterioration of living standards.

Since few countries have a nationalised health system, payment for cancer care further pushes women and their families into severe poverty with a significant increase in food insecurity, loss of housing and major absences of children from school. And we all know that education is really the best tool to lead children out of poverty.

In many poor communities, the death of a mother is a major determinant of survival of her infants and children. One telling statistic from Bangladesh noted that cumulative survival from birth to 10 years was only 24% in families where the mother died before the child’s 10th birthday vs. 89% in those whose mothers did not die. How can we not be moved?

Lyn described cancer care in developing countries as ‘abysmal’ and unrecognised as a public health problem. In Africa the incidence to mortality ratio of cancer is 80% compared with 36% in wealthy countries. She highlighted lack of health care and training as important contributors to this awful statistic.

Tanzania is another example where lack of trained personnel and lack of equipment leads to desperate outcomes. For over 20,000 new cases of cancer annually there is one medical oncologist, four radiation oncologists, two physicists and an estimated 5 pathologists. Needless to say trained gynaecological oncologists are few on the ground, if at all.

Africa is not alone when we think of these terrible statistics.

So where does IGCS stand in all of this? Do we have a responsibility to try and change this disparity or is it too hard and best dealt with by someone else?

The answer is of course, that as caregivers and global citizens we do indeed have such a responsibility and that we need to show leadership and commitment. We undoubtedly can make a difference in the arena of education and training. After all, our mission revolves around improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancers through teaching and training.

For us in the first world, it is time to give back.

The best way for us to do this is to support the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Programme. This programme depends on volunteer mentors being willing to regularly assess our trainees progress online, spend 1-2 weeks over a two-year period visiting them in their own training institutions and being involved in their exit examination.

By ‘twinning’ mentors and their institutions with training sites we hope that an ongoing rapport and willingness to help will make a huge difference to the care of women in under-developed countries.

In the next few months, IGCS will be reaching out to our members to assess just how many will be willing to join this programme and give back. I encourage you to ponder how well-off you really are and have become, often as a result of your professional status. It’s time for a change. It really is time to give back. Let IGCS lead the way. Please. 

Sincerely,

Michael Quinn, MA, MGO
2016-2018 IGCS President

World Ovarian Cancer Day

Ovarian cancer is the seventh most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide with over 250,000 new cases a year. May 8, 2017 is the 5th World Ovarian Cancer Day – a day in which organizations around the world unite to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. Education and awareness continue to be our best defense against this devastating disease. IGCS is committed to raising awareness to early diagnosis and to reducing the burden of ovarian cancer by ensuring clinicians and women are fully informed about  symptomatology and the benefits of prophylactic surgery in high risk women.

This day provides us with an excellent opportunity to amplify the conversation among IGCS Members who conduct research in the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer, especially considering the number of breakthroughs regarding ovarian treatment therapies over the last several years. The IGCS Education Committee has selected the following new Education Exchange video clips to release on World Ovarian Cancer Day including:

  • Roberto Angioli discussing ovarian cancer follow-up strategies and clinical uses of tumor markers.
  • Ayelet Shai discussing her abstract presented at IGCS 2016 “The effect of aspirin, statins, metformin and metabolic co-morbidities on the prognosis of patients with ovarian cancer
  • Jalid Sehouli discussing biomarkers in ovarian cancer immunotherapy clinical trials
  • Ignace Vergote discussing his abstract presented at IGCS 2016 “Meta-analysis of the randomized EORTC and chorus neoadjuvant vs. primary debulking trials in advanced tubo-ovarian cancer.

IGCS continues to make education and training top priorities and hope that you have taken the time to view some of the additional excellent education in ourmember education portal.

WorldOvarianCancerDay.org unites advocacy groups worldwide and provides excellent resources for patient materials including key symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer and personal stories from dozens of survivors. We encourage you to review these informative materials and share them with your colleagues, patients and communities.

As we continue to strive to be THE global gynecologic oncology organization, we are confident that each of you will continue to play a vital role in continuing to increase the care for women afflicted with gynecologic cancers. We must continue to challenge ourselves and strive to be an impactful organization in relieving the burden of cancer globally.
We look forward to our continued partnership with you, our members. Together, we are better.
 
Michael Quinn, AM, MGO
IGCS President 
 
Mary Eiken, RN, MS
IGCS CEO 

Education Portal Access

Four new Education Exchange videos related to endometrial cancer have been uploaded to the IGCS Education Portal:

  1. Dr. Walter Gotlieb expands on the topic: How Might  Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection Change The Outcome For Endometrial Cancer?
  2. Dr. Remi Nout discusses his abstract presented at IGCS 2016: Vaginal Brachytherapy Versus External Beam Pelvic Radiotherapy For High-Intermediate Risk Endometrial Cancer: Long Term Results Of The Randomized Portec-2 Trial
  3. Dr. Andreas Obermair discusses his abstract presented at IGCS 2016: Disease-Free And Overall-Survival After Total Laparoscopy Versus Open Abdominal Hysterectomy For Early Stage Endometrial Cancer: Results From The LACE Trial
  4. Dr. Pamela Soliman discusses her abstract presented at IGCS 2016: Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping Accurately Identifies Positive Nodes In Women With High Risk Endometrial Cancer: A Prospective Validation Trial

Education Portal Navigation Tutorial

This brief video will show you the step-by-step navigation to access the IGCS Education Portal to find the above Education Exchange video clips and much more!

To access the portal, click on the “members” button at the top right of the IGCS website, sign in and then click “Education Portal.” In the IGCS education portal, members will find:
  • Webcasts from the 2016 and 2014 Biennial Meetings
  • Surgical videos that were playing in the exhibit hall during the 2016 Biennial Meeting
  • Education Exchange videos
  • Blogs written by members of the committee providing commentary on articles published in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancers

IGCS Council Report

Dear IGCS Members,

The International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) Council is responsible for the operational, strategic, and financial performance of the Society, ensuring that the actions taken achieve the mission and vision of our organization. Recently, the Council held a regularly scheduled meeting in Washington, DC and we would like to communicate the following summary of that meeting.

The organizational strategic plan was reviewed by members of Council and it was agreed that activities of the Society would be aligned to all aspects of the strategic plan moving forward. The strategic plan is a simple but direct plan focusing on membership needs and growth, financial strength and organizational structure and capacity.

We are beginning to build collaborative partnerships and relationships with many organizations throughout the world. The Council believes these relationships will proliferate and continue to raise the profile of our specialty and IGCS. As we build these partnerships, the Council will appoint members of the Society to serve as liaisons between us and our partner organizations, representing IGCS interests at meetings pertaining to gynecologic oncology.

Similarly, the Council felt it was important to continue to strengthen ties with the European Society of Gynaecological Society (ESGO). The Council discussed ways both societies could collaborate on projects that are of interest to both memberships. The Council concluded that continuing to seek ways to partner with ESGO would only benefit our members and patients.

Council was presented with some exciting data and statistics on our new website and our recent communications to the membership. We reviewed the top countries accessing the site, the number of pages being viewed and the areas of interest on the site. The Council was encouraged by this new level of member engagement and the amount of communication provided.

Council revisited IGCS member benefits including our education and training offerings and our capacity to reach our members all over the globe through in-person meetings, our new web portal and collaboration with other organizations through joint meetings. Council charged the Executive Committee and staff with continuing to explore more educational opportunities to benefit you, the members.

The relationship with the publisher of  the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer was discussed and we are confident that this relationship will continue to be strong and mutually beneficial to everyone. The Council is also encouraged about the responses gathered in response to the current search for the new Editor-in-Chief.

Council approved twenty new members into the Society and discussed the need for further diversification within the membership, specifically to ensure gender representation on the Council. It was agreed that continued mentorship and leadership opportunities were paramount to the success of gender diversification. The concept of an International Young Doctor Network was discussed and approved, recognizing the future of IGCS is in the strength of our young trainees and practitioners.

Council was also presented with new ideas and concepts about member expansion. It was the consensus of the Council that IGCS look to develop an alliance with organizations whose objectives are consistent and aligned with our own. These membership partnerships will bring together the leaders and members of organizations from all over the globe, allowing for closer dialogue and a forum for sharing information and ideas to find solutions to the many issues that face us in gynecologic oncology. We are excited to share more about this program in the coming weeks.

Finally, Council was presented a detail financial review of the year-end 2016 financials along with a look ahead at 2017. We were grateful for the scientific and financial success of the 2016 Biennial Meeting in Lisbon and we look forward to your continued participation in our future educational offerings.

The Treasurer expressed concern about unpaid member dues. If you have not paid your 2017 dues, we strongly encourage you to do so in the next week as unpaid memberships will result in discontinuation of access to our member area on the website, journal and other benefits by April 15th.

We are confident that a large increase in IGCS activity has been evident over the course of this past year. The Council acts in the best interests of the Society and is more engaged than ever in setting the current and future course of our specialty. On your behalf, we thank them for their ongoing commitment.

We welcome your feedback on ways to continually improve your Society. Should you wish to contact either of us, please email us at quinnmichaelam@gmail.com and mary.eiken@igcs.org.

 
Michael Quinn, AM, MGO
IGCS President 
 
Mary Eiken, RN, MS
IGCS CEO 

2017 Membership Renewal

Unpaid members: Please submit payment for 2017 membership dues by April 15, 2017 to avoid deactivation

 

Attention current IGCS members: to continue your member benefits and online access to the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, please submit your 2017 dues payment.

  1. Login here: https://igcs.org/member-dues 
  2. Your username is the email address we have on file for you.
  3. Your default password is: unite. (If you have logged into the new IGCS website and changed your password since October 28, 2016, please use that password.)

If you do not wish to pay online, you may submit payment by mailing in a check or money order. Please email laura.snitzer@igcs.org for assistance with an invoice.

Thank you in advance for your payment. IGCS values your participation and commitment to the society.