We are pleased to announce that the Gynecologic Oncology Branch of the Brazilian Society of Surgical Oncology has joined the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program.

The Brazilian Society of Surgical Oncology is a nonprofit organization that supports its members in a wide range of activities including education, research, and leadership in multidisciplinary cancer care. The BSSO helps to disseminate knowledge all over Brazil through educational events and awareness campaigns about cancer diagnosis and treatment, especially surgical treatment. The BSSO is responsible for the Certification of specialist in surgical oncology in Brazil.

Through the IGCS Strategic Partnership Alliance, over 100 new Brazilian surgical oncologists who specialize in gynecologic cancers are now a part of the IGCS Membership. They will gain access to IGCS Member benefits such as the Early Career Research & Publications Network, the online member Education Portal (including the new Pathology Corner), AAGL’s SurgeryU video library, and discounted registration for the IGCS Annual Global Meeting and contribute significantly to IGCS programs and education over time.

We want to thank the BSSO leaders who worked to make this partnership possible: Dr. Reitan Ribeiro (BSSO Scientific Director), Dr. Glauco Baiocchi, (BSSO Vice Director-International Relations), and Dr. Alexandre Ferreira Oliveira (BSSO President). Of course, we must acknowledge IGCS Council Member, Dr. Rene Pareja (Colombia) for his work in building relationships and strengthening IGCS’s reach across Latin America.

Dr. Alexandre Oliveira said, “we are pleased and honored to join the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program. BSSO mission is aligned with IGCS to provide the best care of women in gynecologic cancer.”

Brazil, officially Federative Republic of Brazil, Portuguese República Federativa do Brasil, is a country in South America that occupies half the continent’s landmass. Brazil is the fifth most populous country on Earth and accounts for one-third of Latin America’s population. Most of the population is concentrated among the eastern seaboard although its capital is located far inland.

According to a study published in BMC Cancer, “There are major disparities in the availability of high-complexity oncology services and a high variability in the types of specific services available in Brazil.” In fact, the BSSO in 2020 published guidelines in the Journal of Surgical Oncology for surgical treatment of endometrial cancer in regions with limited resources, concluding that cancer patients in resource limited regions can receive adequate treatment although the first option should be referral to specialized centers with more resources.

IGCS President, Dr. Robert Coleman said, “it is very strategic for IGCS to bring the BSSO into our Strategic Alliance Program. The contributions they will make to IGCS are endless, including their surgical expertise. We are excited to share our programs and collegiality with the BSSO members."

IGCS looks forward to our partnership with the BSSO, to serve the gynecologic cancer professionals in the region, unite them with our global community, and to find ways to achieve our common goals to fight gynecologic cancers through training, education, and public awareness.




Mary Eiken, MS