Patient Perspectives Roundtable

August 6th Roundtable

Focus on Survivorship/Quality of Life and Patient-Reported Outcomes
Friday, August 6, 2021
9:00 am CDT | 2:00 pm UTC

This 90-minute Virtual Patient Perspectives Roundtable, “Focus on Survivorship/Quality of Life and Patient-Reported Outcomes," is the third in a series of four roundtables sponsored by GSK.

These topics are relevant to patient overall survival, well-being/quality of life, care, and outcomes and cover patient assessments of their cancer experience, all in and beyond the backdrop of COVID-19 and of global discussions of health equity. Participating in this active exchange of information will enhance understanding of these important topics and empower attendees.

Rosalind Glasspool, MD
IGCS Council Member
Medical Oncologist, National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Raimundo Correa, MD
Gynecologic Oncologist
Palliative Care Sub-Specialist
Staff Physician, Hospital Santiago Oriente & Clinica Las Condes
Sally Kwenda
Patient Advocate
HIV/AIDS Counselor
Member, Noncommunicable Disease Alliance-Kenya
Global Hero of Hope
Sharon Manne, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Behavioral Science
Founder & Co-Director of Center of Excellence in Cancer Survivorship
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Eva-Maria Strömsholm, RN
Patient Advocate
Co-Founder & Vice-Chair, Gynecological Cancerpatients Finland
Member, Board of Cancer Society of Finland
Save the Date:
Global Health Equity: Conversation to Implementation
Friday, October 15, 2021
9:00 am CDT | 2:00 pm UTC

About the IGCS Patient Perspectives Roundtable Series
During the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath, IGCS will continue to be a global source of education and resources, training, public awareness, and advocacy. Virtual Roundtables will

  • facilitate first-hand assessment of patient community needs and concerns
  • provide vetted information, assessments, and guidance from key opinion leaders and seasoned survivors/advocates
  • address current patient and wider community concerns through live responses to question posted online during the session
  • promote strategic conversations with health care and research communities around specific issues
  • assist all in coming to workable solutions and strategies for moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath

Each 60- to 90-minute session will cover a specific topic important to the gynecologic cancer patient communities maneuvering through the health and cancer care system during and after COVID-19 and will include IGCS key opinion leaders, patients-caregivers, and other stakeholders appropriate to the topic.

Previous Roundtables

Spotlight on Endometrial Cancer: Breakthroughs & Concerns
Recorded on May 14, 2021
Sponsored by GSK

Navigating Telehealth/Telemedicine & Embracing Shared Decision Making
Recorded November 21, 2020
Sponsored by GSK

Patient Advocacy & Support in the Backdrop of COVID-19
Recorded June 30, 2020

Gynecologic Cancer Patient Care & Clinical Trials in the Midst of COVID-19
Recorded May 23, 2020
Sponsored by GOG Foundation

Palliative Care Certificate Program

We are pleased to announce that the IGCS is launching a series of self-guided, educational certificate programs available to all IGCS Members. The learner can set their own pace to complete the course work, required reading, quizzes, and posttest in easy-to-follow modules.
The first certificate program, currently available for members to enroll is the IGCS Palliative Care Certificate Program. Certificate courses are also being developed covering Pre-Invasive Cervical Cancer and International Nursing which will be available soon.
The palliative care curriculum introduces the practicing health care provider to the knowledge and skills necessary to provide palliative interventions for patients suffering associated with women’s cancer.
Learning Objectives
After completing the training, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the scope of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that comprise the core palliative care competencies needed throughout the trajectory of comprehensive cancer care.
  • Incorporate the described treatment recommendations and approaches into clinical practice.
Target Audience
Physicians including gynecologic oncologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist; nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and therapists caring for persons with cancer and their families.

If you would like to enroll in the IGCS Palliative Care Certificate program, please sign in with your IGCS Member username and password. You can start learning now! If you need assistance or have questions or feedback about IGCS"s educational offerings please email

To optimize your experience, please clear your browsing history and cookies prior to beginning the course. The recommended web browser is Google Chrome.

We’d like to thank our team of volunteers and Mandy Hansen the IGCS staff lead for their efforts in preparing and reviewing the materials and coursework for the IGCS Palliative Care Certificate Program.

Lee-may Chen, MD 
Raimundo Correa, MD 
Linda R. Duska, MD MPH
Annekathryn Goodman, MD, MS, MA, MPH
Carolyn Lefkowits, MD 
Kristina Lindemann, MD, PhD
Amita Maheshwari, MD 
Michael Pearl, MD 
Shahana Pervin DGO, FCPS
Julia Zarina Ridley, MD, M.Ed, CCFP(PC), FRCPC
Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins, MA
Michael Quinn, AM MGO
Rose Ihuoma Anorlu MD, MPH
Lynette Denny, MD, PhD
Lynn Hallarman, MD
Lois Ramondetta, MD
Medical Editor
Jenifer Levin
“These certificate courses demonstrate IGCS’s commitment to global health equity. We hope that our members take advantage of these curriculum to enhance their learning and understanding of topics that may have an immediate impact on the health and wellbeing of women in the communities they serve.
Designed for practitioners in high- middle- and low-resource settings, these online courses are an excellent way to deliver comprehensive education that our members can complete at their own pace, from any location.”
- Dr. Michael Pearl, IGCS Education Committee Member who has been a driving force behind IGCS’s palliative care education.

2021 Award Recipients

In 2016, IGCS expanded its awards program to recognize the good work being done to advance the field of gynecologic oncology worldwide. Award recipients are recognized at the IGCS Annual Global Meeting.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes individual(s) who have performed an outstanding service and accomplishment spanning their career in gynecologic oncology. The goal is to recognize a life of excellence and service to gynecologic oncology. Formerly referred to as the Award for Excellence in Gynecologic Oncology.

Beth Y. Karlan, MD
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Michael Quinn, AM, MGO
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Award for Outstanding Achievement in Gynecologic Oncology Surgery

Recognizes gynecologic oncologists who have had a sustained career in academic surgery and have made seminal contributions in clinical surgery or surgical education that established new benchmarks or paradigms.

Pierluigi Benedetti Panici, MD 
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Global Humanitarian Award

Recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations or programs who work to improve access to quality gynecologic oncology training and services in low- and middle-income countries or in areas of need within more developed nations.

Tri Dinh, MD
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Distinguished Advocacy Award

Recognizes advocates and/or advocacy organizations that provide active, dedicated service to patients/survivors, families, and caregivers—on a local, regional, or international level—and persistently engage in the fight against gynecologic and other cancers.

Elisabeth Baugh and
Ovarian Cancer Canada  
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Murat Gultekin, MD       
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Abhishek Shankar, MD
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Excellence in Teaching Award

Recognizes individuals deeply committed to the profession whose work and accomplishments set a standard of excellence. This award recognizes the importance of teaching as an integral part of women's cancer care and the lasting impact of educators to shape and inspire future generations of clinicians and researchers.

Nadeem Abu-Rustum, MD
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Hextan YS Ngan, MD
Hong Kong
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Andreas Obermair, MD, CGO
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Award for Community Advancement in Resource-Limited Settings

Acknowledges those improving their own communities with dedication to providing or facilitating advanced medical education and training in resource-limited settings to improve screening, prevention, and treatment of women affected by gynecologic cancer.

Asima Mukhopadhyay, MBBS, DGO, MD, MRCOG, CCT (Gyn Oncology), PhD, MSc
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René Pareja, MD
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2021 IGCS Business Meeting

Dear IGCS Members:

In accordance with Article III Section 3 of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society bylaws, we hereby notify all members of the upcoming Business Meeting of the Society.

The 2021 Business Meeting of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society will be held during the IGCS Annual Global Meeting on Tuesday, August 31 from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm CET in the Sinopoli Room at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Italy.

IGCS Members joining us in Rome are encouraged to attend and it will be broadcast to our virtual audience simultaneously. Annual Global Meeting registration is required.

Topics discussed will include committee reports, the 2020 audited financial report, current membership data, an update from the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, and new business. Click here to view the agenda.

If you would like to bring up new business, please contact me at prior to the meeting.


Mary Eiken

IJGC Impact Factor Rises

IGCS Members and Friends,

We are extremely proud to announce that the latest Impact Factor for the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer is 3.44. This represents a 64% increase over 2019. Additional journal metrics can be viewed here.

Dr. Pedro Ramirez became the IJGC Editor in Chief in January 2019. We’d like to congratulate him on this achievement and applaud the efforts of the Associate Editors, Editorial Board, our Publisher BMJ and the journal's Managing Editor, Lindsey Struckmeyer.

IGCS Council Member Dr. Rainer Kimmig commented, "Its great to see the success of our journal which represents work and research being conducted in various regions of the world highlighting key issues critical to patients not only in developed countries but also in low-resource countries."

Dr. Pedro Ramirez shares his sentiments: “Our team wishes to thank all who have supported and continue to support our journal and for submitting your research work. We are grateful for the support of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society and the European Society of Gynecological Oncology, as well as our Managing Editors, and our Publisher BMJ. I would also like to personally express my gratitude to our outstanding team of Associate Editors and our Editorial Board.”

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.

Submit your work to the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

Make sure you are taking advantage of all the benefits of being a subscriber to IJGC including weekly podcasts with leading experts discussing the latest research in their respective and monthly Zoom journal club discussions where members of our Editorial Board join the authors of IJGC lead articles to discuss and debate their research and other relevant topics in a collegial, informal setting.

Again, congratulations to Pedro and the entire IJGC team!

Robert Coleman, MD
IGCS President

Mary Eiken, MS

Follow IJGC on Facebook and Twitter to learn about the latest articles, podcasts, journal club discussions and more. Follow the IJGC Fellows on Twitter for additional content.

IJGC Journal Club

IJGC Journal Club, in collaboration with IGCS and ESGO
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

8:00am CDT (Chicago, USA) | 3:00pm CEST (Rome, Italy) 

August Lead Article for Discussion:
Minimally invasive hysterectomy for stage IA cervical carcinoma: a survival analysis of the National Cancer Database by Dimitrios Nasioudis 

The discussion will be recorded and made available to the public.  Participants with cameras turned on may appear in the video recording or their name may appear on the screen. By joining the zoom videoconference, participants are agreeing that they may appear in the recording. Participants can turn off their camera and change their username once they enter the zoom meeting room. To change your name on Zoom, Click the "Participants" button at the bottom of the Zoom window. Next, hover over your name in the "Participants" list and click on "Rename." Enter your new screen name and click "OK."

Previously Recorded Journal Club Discussions

IGCS 2021 Registration Options

In this video message, Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Matthew Powell, describes the multiple ways you can register for IGCS 2021.

Whether you choose to attend the Annual Meeting in Rome, virtually, or by gathering locally, IGCS 2021 is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and collaborate with colleagues from around the world.

Register for IGCS 2021

Group Registration 


Did you miss our last video message?
View Dr. Coleman’s video message regarding the Presidential Plenary at IGCS 2021.

Preliminary Program Now Available

The 2021 IGCS Annual Global Meeting is being held in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica with portions of the program being held in a digital environment so that delegates unable to travel may participate remotely.

Planning for Rome? Health & Safety Information

Safety is of course our utmost priority and the IGCS team is working very closely with a local professional conference organizer, the venue, and the Italian government as rules and regulations are released for safe ways to gather with an abundancy of caution.

  • To accommodate social distancing at the Auditorium, a maximum of 650 in-person tickets will be sold. There is no limit on virtual registration.
  • IGCS has appointed COVID Safety Officers responsible for ensuring that guidelines are followed, and proper steps are taken in the event of a positive COVID case. The names and contact information of the COVID Safety Officers will be made prominently available for all delegates to contact with any questions or for any reason before and during the meeting.
  • 48 hours in advance of the IGCS meeting, a negative COVID test result is required for delegates to be admitted to the meeting venue. IGCS will offer rapid testing at the meeting venue August 28th & 29th and will provide a list of alternate testing locations in Rome.
  • The Auditorium has provided detailed safety measures that will be shared with delegates attending in-person in advance of the meeting.
Learn More About Health & Safety Information


We continue to be most appreciative to the Società Italiana di Oncologia Ginecologica (SIOG) and the Società Italiana di Ginecologia e Ostetrica (SIGO) for their continued support and partnership in planning Rome 2021.

Read more in the welcome letter from the 2021 Scientific Program Committee Chairs. Please check back regularly for updates about the IGCS 2021 Annual Global Meeting. Join us in thinking bold!

2021 Scientific Program Committee Chairs

Ana Oaknin, MD, PhD (Spain)

Matthew Powell, MD (USA)

2021 Scientific Program Committee Roster

Co-Chair: Ana Oaknin (Spain)

Co-Chair: Matthew Powell (USA)

Angeles Alvarez Secord (USA)

Susana Banerjee (UK)

Paul Cohen (Australia)

Christina Fotopoulou (UK)

Gonzalo Giornelli (Argentina)

Salvatore Gueli Alletti (Italy)

Gustavo Guitmann (Brazil)

Saketh Guntupalli (USA)

Anuja Jhingran (USA)

Hee-Seung Kim  (Republic of Korea)

Ann Klopp (USA)

Satoru Kyo (Japan)

Mario Leitao (USA)

Domenica Lorruso (Italy)

Sven Mahner (Germany)

Vicky Makker (USA)

Xavier Matias-Guiu (Spain)

Jyoty Mayadev (USA)

Bradley Monk (USA)

Amanda Nickles Fader (USA)

Aikou Okamoto (Japan)

David O’Malley (USA)

Francesco Plotti (Italy)

Leslie Randall (USA)

Isabelle Ray-Coquard (France)

BJ Rimel (USA)

Clare Scott (Australia)

A.G.J. van der Zee (The Netherlands)

Key Dates

General Abstract Submission Deadline: May 12th
Early Registration Deadline: July 13th
Late Breaking Abstract Submission: June 8 – June 29th

Preliminary Program Details

  • 3.5 days of programming
  • Delegates may attend in person or virtually
  • Master Sessions on ovarian, cervix, uterine, and vulvar cancers are back by popular demand
  • Surgical education track
  • Oral abstract presentations
  • Continuing medical education credits for live and on-demand sessions
  • The featured poster sessions and virtual abstract poster hall will be just as robust as the 2020 meeting with the poster hall featuring audio recordings from the authors
Learn More About the Program


Optimizing Engagement with the Latest Virtual Meeting Technology and Hub & Spoke Model

Expanding on the success of the fully digital 2020 IGCS Annual Global Meeting, IGCS 2021 will utilize the latest virtual meeting technology to broadcast engaging sessions and provide delegates access to hundreds of virtual abstract posters and audio recordings.

Engagement is major priority for IGCS 2021, and we have found a unique way to disseminate our education globally without sacrificing personal interaction for those who cannot be in Rome. With the virtual platform we will be using a “hub and spoke” approach that will allow us to broadcast from Rome as the hub, to many locations where gynecologic oncology professionals may gather all over the globe – thus creating the spokes.

We are encouraging regional gatherings of delegates when conducive and identifying local key opinion leaders in each of these regions to interact with the speakers and moderators in Rome to provide a similar effect and impact as to being there in person.

Learn More About the Hub & Spoke Meeting Model


Registration Options

Delegates have the option to attend in person or participate virtually. Those who attend in person will have full access to the virtual platform. Group registration available for all options. Visit for more information.

Learn More About Registration Options


IGCS 2021 Presidential Plenary

In this video message, Dr. Coleman reveals that this year’s Presidential Plenary will focus on current clinical trials and international efforts to work cooperatively, ensuring research dedicated to women’s cancers continues to advance globally.

The Presidential Plenary will be held on Tuesday, August 31 at 2:30pm Central European Time.

During the plenary, invited guests from the GOG – (Gynecologic Oncology Group Partners) and ENGOT – (the European Network for Gynaecological Oncological Trial Group) will share the latest information and relevant clinical trials in progress. These groups operate through global partnerships and emulate so much of how the IGCS operates day in and day out… through the success of partnerships and international collaboration.


Breast Cancer Course

International Course on Breast Cancer
Three-Part Webinar Series

Associate Professor: Dr. Víctor Manuel Vargas Hernández

Adjunct Professors:
Dr. Guillermo Sídney Herbert Núñez
Dr. David Cantú de León

Dr. Antonio Posada Domínguez
Dr. Paula Anel Cabrera
Dr. José Hinojosa Gómez

Descargar el Programa (Español)


Parte 1: Diagnósticos
Grabado el 27 de Marzo de 2021

Parte 2: Tratamiento Quirúrgico y Quimioterápico
Grabado el 24 de Abril de 2021

Parte 3: Tratamiento de Radioterapia
Grabado el 29 de Mayo de 2021