Renew your Membership for 2020

It’s that time of year! If your membership is set to expire on December 31st, please make sure to renew so that we may continue to serve you in 2020.

IGCS, being a member driven organization, relies on the members to support us in many ways – including renewing your membership. This past year, we’ve accomplished a lot thanks to your support and the contributions of our members. I hope you will renew your membership so you can continue receiving member benefits like these. Here are just a few examples of what we’ve accomplished in 2019:

In 2020, we hope to accomplish even more.

We plan to bring our members an enhanced online education experience, including a palliative care certificate program and dedicated resources for pathology and radiation oncology.

2020 is an election year for new Officers and Council Members, so make sure to renew your membership so you can vote in the upcoming election – or apply for a position on the council.

Please sign in to your member account and submit your membership dues for 2020 or pay in advance up to three years. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the IGCS Membership Manager, Cathy Fearing at cathy.fearing@igcs.org.

As always, we thank you for your continued dedication. We look forward to serving you for another year!

Mary Eiken, MS
IGCS CEO

IGCS Growth in Latin America: Chile, Peru & Mexico

IGCS Members and Friends,

Over the past several years, IGCS has curated relationships with many Latin American regional groups, supporting a variety of educational courses over the years, leading up to the recent successful IGCS Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. IGCS is uniquely positioned to provide programs and resources to help strengthen local societies and connect the members in these regional societies to a global network of gynecologic oncologists to share experiences and knowledge.

Since the launch of our Strategic Alliance Partner program in 2017, IGCS Membership representation in Latin America has increased by over 400 percent, growing from 99 to 423 members.

The IGCS Council is grateful for the efforts of Dr. René Pareja (Colombia) who has been instrumental in helping IGCS identify the many diverse needs in the region.

I am pleased to announce that the Chilean Society of Gynecologic Oncology and the Peruvian Society of Gynecological Oncology recently joined our Strategic Alliance Partner Program. And earlier this year, the Mexican College of Gynecologic Oncology invited us to their congress to promote IGCS membership.

Chilean Society of Gynecologic Oncology

The Chilean Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SCHIGO) has joined the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partnership bringing a total of 44 Chilean members to our global community. SCHIGO was established in 2001 to promote the study of gynecologic cancer in Chile.

At the recent IGCS Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, IGCS President, Roberto Angioli met with the President of SCHIGO, Dr. Clemente Arab to discuss and finalize a partnership between our organizations.

This is not the first time that IGCS and SCHIGO have worked together to bring education and training to Chile; we collaborated in 2015 to host a regional meeting in Santiago.

Peruvian Society of Gynecologic Oncology

We are also pleased to announce that the Peruvian Society of Gynecological Oncology joined the Strategic Alliance Partner Program bringing the total of our Peruvian members up to 113. Gorky Bances Neyra, the current President of Society, was instrumental in securing this partnership.

The Peruvian Society of Gynecological Oncology was founded in 1995 to promote educational and training activities in the area of gynecology oncology for its members and interested health professionals. The membership is multi-disciplinary in nature and includes members specializing in gynecologic oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, nuclear medicine, medical oncology, radiotherapy, and genetics.

This is our second Strategic Alliance Partner group from Peru.

Mexican College of Gynecologic Oncology

Earlier this year, IGCS was invited to Querétaro, Mexico for the 1st Congress of the Mexican College of Gynecologic Oncology (CMOG) by the President, Dr. Victor Manuel Vargas Hernández and Vice President, Dr. Guillermo Sidney Herbert Nuñez.

At the meeting, Dr. René Pareja presented the benefits of IGCS membership to congress attendees and encouraged them to join.. Our staff was received with enthusiasm, and nearly 50 new members joined our society during the 2-day congress bringing our total of members practicing in Mexico to 70.

Overall, the event was a huge success in beginning to develop a reciprocal relationship with the gynecologic oncology professionals in Mexico. This was a great opportunity and we hope to have the chance to visit many more regional groups to further accomplish the IGCS mission to improve the care of women worldwide.

Our conversations with regional leaders in Latin American have made us aware that issues of interest include pre-invasive cervical cancer management, new management approaches to breast cancer, enhanced laparoscopic surgery and updated tumor staging. These topics were incorporated into the IGCS Annual Global Meeting recently held in Brazil.

We are so grateful to our partners, members, and supporters who – along with us – live our mission every day. If you have any questions or comments about partnering with the IGCS please contact me directly at mary.eiken@igcs.org.

Sincerely,

Mary Eiken, MS
IGCS CEO

Welcome, Russia!

I am pleased to announce that Russia has joined the Strategic Alliance Partnership Program.

Over the past two years, myself and other IGCS leaders have met with representatives from the Russian Society of Oncologists in Cancer of Reproductive System at several international meetings that we both attended to discuss opportunities for collaboration and IGCS programs of interest them. We found that the IGCS Annual Global Meeting, among others, is an excellent opportunity for engagement – especially now that our Scientific Program Committee structure has become more regionally diverse. There is excitement around our virtual tumor boards and reaching a broader audience with Russia. We are glad to welcome representatives from Russia to ensure that IGCS meetings will meet the interests and needs of our international partners.

I’d like to thank Prof. Kirill Zhordania (President), Prof. Alexey Shevchuk, and Prof. Vsevolod Matveev (Council Members) of the Society of Oncologists in Cancer of Reproductive System for working with us to create this partnership.

We are also very grateful to Dr. Sophia Michaelson from the American Eurasia Cancer Alliance for her involvement in facilitating IGCS partnerships not only with Russia, but other Eurasian countries such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan. Sophia noted

As the International Gynecological Cancer Society continues successful outreach in Eurasia, this strategic partnership with the Russian Society of Oncologists in Cancer of Reproductive Systems will generate tremendous benefits in the areas of clinical practice, research and palliative care affecting millions of patients throughout Russia and neighboring counties.

Russia is the largest country in the world extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe made up of 83 federal areas. It is the ninth most populous country with 146.8 million people with about 77% of inhabitants living in the Western European part of the country.

After breast cancer, the second most frequent cancer in women is colorectal cancer, followed by endometrial and cervical cancer.

The main challenges that Russia is facing regarding the burden of gynecologic cancers is not unlike the challenges of many other countries. This includes the need for increased awareness and public access to information, strategies for increased prevention and early detection of cancer, palliative care programs, and the need for more skilled physicians trained in gynecologic oncology.

International collaboration and exchange of medical knowledge and research is extremely valuable in reducing the burden of cancer and enhancing care worldwide. It is this collaboration and exchange of ideas that IGCS is working towards in bringing our Strategic Alliance Partners together into a global community.

As we welcome our friends and colleagues from Russia, we look forward to working with them in achieving our common goals to improve outcomes for women affected by gynecologic cancers.

Sincerely,

Mary Eiken, MS
IGCS CEO

Welcome Malaysia, Peru & the Caribbean!

IGCS welcomes three societies bringing a total of 127 new members to the Strategic Alliance Partnership Program:

The Caribbean
The Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society (CGCS) has joined the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner bringing 43 Caribbean members to our international community. Dr. Raleigh Butler, the Program Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of the West Indies Bahamas led the charge in securing this partnership. CGCS was founded in 2015 and is made up of physicians specializing in gynecologic oncology from the University of the West Indies (UWI) campuses of Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and Bahamas.
With different cultures, governments, political histories and populations, the standards of medical facilities can vary from island to island. Recent research revealed that the Bahamas has the highest occurrence of BRCA-positivity in the world. Cervical cancer incidence is 22.1 per 100,000 in the UWI campus countries combined.

Acknowledging that the region had a wealth of talented individuals who had trained at home and overseas, the UWI campuses initiated a collaborative approach to fighting gynecological malignancies across the region. The IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program has been implemented at the UWI campuses in Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Now through the Strategic Alliance, we look forward to working with CGCS on additional collaborative initiatives for the benefit of women’s cancer control in the Caribbean.

Malaysia
Please join us in welcoming 43 new members from the Malaysian Gynecological Cancer Society ( MGCS ) to the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program. We would like to thank Dr. Vicknesh Visvalingam , Senior Consultant Gynecological Oncologist & MGCS President in securing our partnership.

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia with a population of over 33 million. Cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers are among the top 10 most common cancers among Malaysian women. Much has been achieved in improving gynecological oncology services in Malaysia in the past 50 years. There is a structured program under the purview of the Ministry of Health Malaysia to increase the number of gynecological oncologists in order to cope with the burden of gynecological cancers in the country.
In 2001, the first gynecologic oncology training center was established in the northern region of Malaysia and today there are 12 recognized hospitals providing training. Most major Malaysian hospitals currently have one or two trained gynecologic oncologists to serve the public. With the support from the Ministry of Health Malaysia, academic Institutions and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Society of Malaysia, MGCS has been involved in various training programs, conferences, workshops, and in training and educating the public.

MGCS organizes the Biennial National Gynaecological Oncology Conference and is also involved in preparing the Malaysian Clinical Practice Guidelines on site specific gynecological cancers as well as research projects. We look forward to working with MGCS in furthering our joint goals to improve women’s cancer care in Malaysia.

Peru
Finally, Dr. Aldo López Blanco and nurse Ninoska Eugenia Macavilca Luyo were instrumental in securing a partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas-Peru, bringing 44 gynecologic oncologists into the IGCS Strategic Alliance.

With a population of 32 million, Peru is located on the west coast of South America where one-third of the total population lives in Lima, the capital city. When it comes to cancer control, Peru has unique challenges because this concentration of population in only one city contributed to structural, infrastructural and procedural barriers for the Peruvian health system. Cervical and breast cancer are a leading cause of death among women in Peru.

The National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases, better known as INEN, is a Peruvian public hospital managed by the Ministry of Health of Peru that has a national responsibility for cancer prevention, detection, treatment, education, and research. The INEN has organized satellite treatment centers and cancer prevention offices in many parts of the country in an effort to decentralize cancer control services and reduce gaps in geographic and economic access.

In the past decade alone, much work has been done to mobilize policies and actions for the prevention and control of cancer in Peru though the commitment of INEN, the National Government of Peru’s Ministries of Health and Finance and through international collaborations with the global health community. IGCS looks forward to assisting our colleagues in Peru with their tireless efforts to reduce the incidence of gynecologic cancers in the region.

We are glad to welcome our most recent partners into the IGCS global community and look forward to collaborating and developing strategies to utilize our strengths to achieve our common goals.

CEO Update March 2019

Society News & Updates from Mary Eiken, IGCS CEO

March 2019

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Grants $12 million for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

It has recently been announced that USAID, in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will provide $12 million to fund two large projects to reduce cervical cancer in Malawi and Mozambique from March 2019 – September 2021.

One of the projects receiving $5.1 million is a consortium between The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mozambique) to integrate existing screening and treatment technologies with voluntary family planning programs, while testing the feasibility and efficacy of innovative diagnostic tests for HPV. Kathleen Schmeler, MD is the PI for the grant.

While the project is multifaceted, IGCS is a partner organization as Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique is one of the first training sites enrolled in the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program. Currently with three fellows in their second year of training, Kathleen serves as one of the IGCS international mentors for the program along with five gynecologic oncologists from Brazil (Georgia Fontes-Cintra, André Lopes, Renato Moretti, Mila Salcedo, Marcelo Viera). The international mentors travel to Mozambique multiple times per year to provide hands-on surgical training. Patients diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer as part of this grant will be able to access gynecologic oncology care thanks to the IGCS program in Mozambique.

We are thrilled for the IGCS to serve as a partner in this USAID/NASEM funded work to reduce the global burden of cervical cancer.

Revised FIGO Staging for Carcinoma of the Cervix Uteri

FIGO has recently published revised staging of carcinoma of the cervix uteri, allowing incorporation of imaging and/or pathological findings, and clinical assessment of tumor size and disease. Care was taken to ensure staging is applicable to all resource areas. You will recall, IGCS reached out to many of our members and strategic alliance partners for feedback and input. Subsequently, IGCS was represented at a meeting hosted by FIGO. We are pleased with the updated guidelines and glad for the opportunity to represent our global membership. We look forward to providing feedback in upcoming FIGO projects including revisions to vulvar and endometrial cancer staging guidelines.

World Health Organization Initiative for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer

IGCS continues to work with the World Health Organization to collaborate in response to a call to action made by the Director-General, Dr. Tedros, in May 2018 for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer. Seven Working Groups have been formed under the WHO-led Secretariat to accelerate work on the various elements of this initiative with IGCS remaining very involved.  Please see the IGCS statement committing our support of the WHO Initiative for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, which has been endorsed by IGCS’s Strategic Alliance Partner organizations.

2019 Shingo Fujii Young Doctors Summit Travel Grant

Following the legacy of Dr. Shingo Fujii, IGCS will again provide funding to IGCS Members from low and lower-middle income countries to offset travel costs to attend the IGCS Global Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Applications are currently being accepted through March 27, 2019.

At the Annual Global Meeting in Rio 2019, early career professionals and those selected to be Shingo Fujii Young Doctors Summit Grant Recipients are invited to attend one of two sessions listed below on Thursday, September 19th. A special reception for young doctors will be held that evening to allow early career professionals an opportunity to network and socialize.

  • Learning from the Experts: IGCS 2019 Surgical Course
  • Clinical Application of Molecular Genetics to the Classification and Staging of Endometrial Cancer: A Multidisciplinary and Interactive Course

New Content in the IGCS Education Portal

Over 80 recorded presentations from IGCS Kyoto 2018 are currently being added to the online Education Library. Members have continual access to presentations going back as far as 2014 sorted by topic.

Recently added is access to over 1,200 surgical videos now available to IGCS members through our partnership with AAGL in their online platform, SurgeryU. Our education team will be adding videos to SurgeryU on a special IGCS channel over the course of the coming weeks.

Submit your Abstract for IGCS 2019 by April 1st

Original abstracts are an important part of the IGCS program and a significant contribution to the success of our meeting. When you share your work at the IGCS Annual Global Meeting, your research is exposed to the largest gathered international audience of specialists dedicated to women’s cancer care.

Please review the abstract topics and submit your work by April 1st for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee. They have added many new additional oral opportunities for presentation at the meeting this year.

SurgeryU Available to IGCS Members

New Surgical Resources for IGCS Members through AAGL Partnership

We are pleased to announce a that over 1200 surgical resources are now available to IGCS members through our new partnership with the AAGL. Formerly known as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, AAGL has a membership extending over 110 countries with over 7,000 members across the globe. The mission of AAGL is to focus on the ultimate goal of improving patient care in gynecologic medicine, AAGL recognizes that surgical gynecologists and other clinicians require lifelong learning.

A partnership with AAGL is a natural fit, as they seek to broaden their exposure and reach more global parts of the world and we at IGCS seek to provide all our members globally with a wide spectrum of surgical content. We are confident that our partnership will continue to grow and evolve to other important areas within both organizations.

About SurgeryU
The function of SurgeryU is to deliver high-quality, high-definition surgical video to members of the AAGL and our partner societies through our live and on-demand video library.

Member Access to SurgeryU

  • Visit https://www.surgeryu.com/landing  
  • Within the login window, select IGCS Member from the Society drop-down menu.
  • Members will be redirected to the IGCS website for authentication.
  • Successful authentication will redirect Members to SugeryU with full access.

Watch this quick tutorial video to learn how to use the SurgeryU platform to search for content, create playlists, save favorites and more!

Key Statistics about SurgeryU

  • Primary focus is to educate gynecologic surgeons of all levels on minimally invasive surgical techniques.
  • The library consists of over 1,200 Surgical videos.
  • Since 2009, SurgeryU live events have accrued over 1.5 million minutes of viewing time.
  • SurgeryU has been viewed by AAGL members in over 110 countries.
  • Content is peer-reviewed.
  • Partner societies now have SSO access through their respective membership portals.

New features incorporated in SurgeryU, developed with trainee education in mind:

  • An upgraded search engine to allow for finding videos faster and easier. Videos can now be searched by author, keywords, or type of content.
  • Mobile friendly.
  • Full length, narrated videos that appeal to learners of all levels.
  • Ability to share links which allows the user to send and share specific videos with other surgeons.
  • Ability to create playlists and save favorites.

Acknowledgements and Future Plans
Under the direction of our education leadership Drs. Ritu Salani, Ane Gerda Eriksson and Vance Broach, we are reviewing and creating special channels of content that they feel will be of great interest to our members. They are also creating new content for the SurgeryU platform that will be shared with both our membership and the AAGL when appropriate. This will allow us to utilize the innovative and specialized technology that the SurgeryU platform provides. For now, please take the time to become familiar with the platform and we will alert you when new education is launched.

We are extremely grateful for the leadership of Drs. Gary Frishman AAGL Immediate Past President, Jubilee Brown AAGL Vice President and IGCS Volunteer Leader and the entire AAGL Executive Board. Dr. Suketu Mansuria who is the AAGL Surgical Video Editor has been instrumental in delivering these valuable resources to you our members.

We hope that you find value in SurgeryU and become acquainted with the new educational content that is now available to you through your IGCS Membership. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mandy Hansen at mandy.hansen@igcs.org.

Enjoy!

Roberto Angioli, MD
IGCS President

Mary Eiken, MS
IGCS CEO

Dicey Scroggins to Lead IGCS Advocacy Efforts

I am pleased to announce an incredible addition to the IGCS team, Ms. Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins who will lead IGCS’s patient advocacy and community outreach efforts as the Society’s first Director of Global Outreach and Engagement. Dicey is a 22-year ovarian cancer survivor and women’s health activist with extensive relationships throughout cancer advocacy and research communities.

About Dicey

The recipient of the 2016 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award, Dicey is a member of the AACR Minorities in Cancer Research Council; the Leadership Committee for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s “Women’s Cancer Moon Shots Program”; NCI’s Investigational Drug Steering Committee and its Patient Advocate Steering Committee; and NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute, Partnership for Community Outreach and Engagement in Genomics. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the GOG Foundation and the NRG Oncology Foundation and a chair of the NRG Patient Advocate Committee and of the Advocate Advisory Board of a DoD-funded Consortium for Long-Term Ovarian Cancer Survival.

Dicey is also a founding partner in Pinkie Hugs, LLC (a mother-daughter writing and film production firm specializing in social justice–focused documentaries) and a co-founder of In My Sister’s Care, an organization focused on improving gynecologic cancer awareness and care for medically underserved women and on eliminating health disparities. Her activism is driven by a commitment to global health equity.
Recently, she served on the Planning Group for advocacy activities for the 2018 IGCS Biennial Meeting in Kyoto, developing a comprehensive agenda for the Eriko Aotani Patient-Caregiver Symposium, and participated in the Sunrise Run/Walk in conjunction with the Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancers.

IGCS’s Plans for Global Outreach & Empowering Women

Dicey will work on behalf of the IGCS to establish and maintain relationships with international gynecologic cancer advocacy communities primarily through our Annual Global Meetings as we move from region to region.

As IGCS continues to grow and increase its global reach it is essential we begin to develop relationships with women and help them to advocate for women’s health in the regions. Our goal is to empower women, caregivers, and others interested in making a difference with tools and resources to increase their health care autonomy and enable them to act on the specific needs within their region. These needs might include screening and vaccination, access to better care and actual care delivery, funding and support for clinical trials, and research.

As we plan each Global Meeting, we will network with local grassroots advocates; advocacy, community, and physician thought leaders; regional strategic alliance partners; and other similar organizations to become familiar with the region and its current advocacy and community efforts and needs. We welcome the opportunity to cultivate and build relationships with women and families from these regions and to learn about the obstacles in their health care environments while sharing our patient advocacy mission, resources, and expertise to empower them to make needed changes in the region.

Before each Global Meeting, we will have established a strong network of survivors, caregivers, and others who will attend our “Empowering Women” course themed around key challenges and concepts learned during the cultivating phase and tailored to help participants become more effective advocates.

In Dicey’s own words, “The health of women forecasts the health, strength, and resilience of communities, and I look forward to the opportunity to assist IGCS in its mission of improving gynecologic cancer care and women’s overall health—thus the health of their communities—through synergistic global outreach and engagement. It will be a privilege to work with women, families, and organizations to assist in empowering All toward informed, effective, meaningful advocacy and in forming and sustaining international networks—alliances for gynecologic health and cancer care. The opportunities are boundless, as is my enthusiasm for this service.”

IGCS has partnered with the Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancers and is working to establish relationships with local Brazilian groups for events to be held during IGCS 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, September 19-21, 2019.

More information on how you can participate in our advocacy efforts will be forthcoming soon. Please help me to welcome Dicey as she begins in January and brings to IGCS a tremendous amount of passion and expertise to lead our advocacy efforts.

Sincerely,

Mary Eiken, MS
IGCS CEO

Patient Advocacy & Women’s Empowerment

As the largest organization dedicated to the global interests of the gynecologic oncology community, IGCS advocates for our members and the specialty in many ways. We advocate for the improvement and standardization of training through our Global Curriculum Program and opportunities in our mentorship programs. We are advocating for our members’ education with increased learning opportunities. The decision to move to an annual meeting allows us to bring the meeting to new regions of the globe and provides IGCS members the opportunity come together on a more regular basis to network and learn with their international colleagues.

We believe parallel and equally important to these advocacy activities is the opportunity to work with patient survivors, caregivers and others interested in making a difference for women diagnosed with gynecologic malignancies. There is a wealth of excellent gynecologic oncology patient education from a variety of resources and organizations. Many non-profit healthcare associations have a component of patient advocacy in their organizations with a primary focus on patient education.  Also, many organizations are started by patients who have a mission to drive awareness, raise funding and be a resource for survivors and their caregivers. Over time, we hope to enhance our website with information and links to many of these outstanding resources.

The IGCS Council recently discussed and approved the concept of IGCS centering its advocacy efforts around the theme “empowerment”. Empowering women, caregivers and others interested in making a difference with tools and resources to increase their level of autonomy and enable them to represent the specific needs within their region. This may include screening and vaccination, funding and support for clinical trials, research, and access to better care.

We can best begin to achieve our goals through our annual meeting efforts as we move from region to region. As we plan these meetings, we will network with local physician thought leaders for information, regional strategic alliance partners and other similar organizations. We will become familiar with the region and their current advocacy efforts and needs. We would welcome the opportunity to cultivate and build relationships with the women from these regions and learn about their obstacles while sharing our patient advocacy goals and resources to empower them to begin to make changes in the region. By the time the Global Meeting occurs, we will have established a strong network of survivors, caregivers and others who would attend the “Empowering Women” course themed around any key challenges and concepts learned during the cultivating phase and conduct the training needed to allow for them to become effective advocates.

IGCS Council recognizes the importance of these activities and the need for a qualified individual who will work with the IGCS team to initiate our patient advocacy efforts. We are seeking someone who has existing relationships in many parts of the globe, understands the patient perspective from region to region, and has the ability to develop advocacy training programs based off the information learned. Over time, they would also seek and write proposals for grants.

Where better to start the search than with you, our members who have relationships with patients and patient-centered organizations in and around gynecologic oncology. Please feel free to contact our Chief Executive Officer at mary.eiken@igcs.org. She would welcome the opportunity for you to share your thoughts, suggestions and provide any information you might have in our search for the ideal person to achieve our goal of empowering women.

Sincerely,

Michael Quinn, AM, MGO
2016-2018 IGCS President

Mary Eiken, MS
IGCS CEO

IGCS Partners with MEMAGO

Dear IGCS Member,

It is with great excitement that I announce the Middle East and Mediterranean Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (MEMAGO) as our latest organization to join the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program.

IGCS and MEMAGO leaders met to discuss the partnership at the recent ESGO Meeting in Vienna and the PARSGO Meeting in Marrakech. The region is rich with opportunities to collaborate, including research initiatives and newly formed training programs.

Currently, MEMAGO has approximately 275 members throughout Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunsinia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. MEMAGO was founded in 2015 during the Lebanese Gynecologic Oncology Group (LGOG) Meeting in Beirut with the leadership of Dr. Ali Ayhan and the endeavor of Turks, Lebanese and other Arabs participating in the meeting. The LGOG leadership present included Honorary President, Professor Georges Chahine (medical oncologist), Executive President, Muhieddine Seoud (gynecologic oncologist), and Vice President, David Atallah (gynecologic oncologist). Currently, Dr. Ali Ayhan (Turkey) serves as the MEMAGO President and Dr. M. Faruk Kose (Turkey) serves as the Secretary.

The Association was conceived to include all gynecologic oncologists of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries in one society, to spread knowledge about female cancers and help all countries develop standards of care and best clinical practices. These countries have informative and precious data that is often overlooked by larger societies and organizations with data coming from western and more developed countries.

In the Mediterranean and Middle East, some of the major goals are to standardize patient management and to spread these standards to all areas in the region. Due to this new partnership between MEMAGO and IGCS, the societies will work together to offer more opportunities for training and help bring new techniques and technologies to areas of the region.

IGCS will be collaborating with MEMAGO on their 4th Congress to be held in Abu Dhabi October 11-12, 2019.

Please join me in welcoming our newest members from the Middle East and Mediterranean.

Sincerely yours,

Mary Eiken, RN, MS
IGCS CEO

Partnership with ISGyP

IGCS Welcomes the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists to the Strategic Alliance Partnership

Dear IGCS Members,

It is our pleasure to announce that the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP) has joined the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program bringing over 350 new members to the IGCS.

Conversations between our two Societies have taken place over the last 12-14 months initiated by Dr. Robert Soslow, the pathology representative to IGCS Council. Thank you, Rob, for facilitating this outstanding opportunity.

Pathology is the cornerstone of the care of our patients and IGCS looks forward to working with ISGyP to increase the collaboration between pathologists and multidisciplinary cancer teams. By working together, we have the potential to make great advances in improving outcomes for women affected by gynecological cancer. We will be reaching out to our new pathology members to involve them in a number of educational initiatives to benefit all IGCS members as we continue to expand our international footprint.

ISGyP was founded in 1976 to serve as a global community of pathologists and other physicians with a common interest in the pathology of the female reproductive system. The modern pathologist is an integral part of all cancer units with experience not only in morphology but also immunohistochemistry and molecular biology, areas that are changing constantly and which all oncologists need guidance to effectively manage their patients.

By sharing information and collaborating to solve diagnostic problems, we can increase the expertise of everyone involved in the treatment of women’s cancer.

We look forward to the opportunities this new partnership brings to both of our international societies and most importantly to women under our care.

Sincerely,

Michael Quinn, AM, MGO
IGCS President
Blake Gilks, MD
ISGyP President