Society Announcements from IGCS CEO, Mary Eiken, MS
Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Award Recipients who will be recognized at the upcoming xDigital Annual Global Meeting of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society which will be held in a fully digital setting this September 10-13, 2020.
In this CEO Update, I’d like to share with you the results from our recent COVID-19 survey, provide an update on IGCS 2020 abstracts and our upcoming Surgical Film Festival with AAGL, and remind readers of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer to complete the 2020 readership survey.
We are so pleased to announce that the South African Society of Gynaecologic Oncology (SASGO) has joined the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partnership. SASGO Members will now benefit from dual membership and gain access to IGCS Member benefits. Greta Dreyer, who serves as SASGO President and as an IGCS Council Member, was instrumental in facilitating this partnership.
Here’s an update from the IGCS President and CEO about the latest happenings with the IGCS, including how members can vote in the 2020 Council Election, plans for the digitalization of the 2020 Annual Global Meeting, the latest offerings in the Education Portal, COVID-19 Resources,, recent articles the society has published in IJGC and more.
The Annual IGCS Distinguished Advocacy Award recognizes advocates and/or advocacy organizations that provide active, dedicated service to patients-survivors, families, caregivers, and communities—at a local, regional, or international level. The nomination deadline has been extended to April 15th.
The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition (WOCC) is now our Strategic Advocacy Partner. This partnership maximizes the collective influence, membership, force, and reach of these two premiere organizations and establishes a framework through which they will provide tangible benefit to gynecologic cancer survivors-patients worldwide, with special emphasis on ovarian cancer.
Dr. Benjamin Elly Odongo from Moi University Hospital in Kenya and Drs. Jerome Katumba and Mariam Nabwire from the Uganda Cancer Institute have successfully completed their two-year training and final examinations through the IGCS Global Curriculum in Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program. Read more to see what they have to say about the experience.
It’s that time of year! 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.
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.
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.
We are please to announce that IGCS is forming an Early Career Research & Publications Network to provide our members, who are early in their careers with a support system consisting of peers and mentors to discuss research, publishing and writing. The network will also afford members the opportunity to develop and promote research projects either individually or with colleagues who share mutual interests. Eligible members may now sign-up to join the network.
IGCS welcomes three societies bringing a total of 127 new members to the Strategic Alliance Partnership Program:: the Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society (CGCS), the Malaysian Gynaecological Cancer Society (MGCS) and the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas-Peru (INEN).
The announcement includes: USAID funding for cervical cancer programs in Africa, WHO Cervical Cancer Initiative, revised FIGO staging, Shingo Fujii Travel Grant, and more.
We are pleased to announce a that over 1200 surgical resources are now available to IGCS members through our new partnership with the AAGL.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
I am very pleased to announce a new member in the Strategic Alliance Partner Program, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of the Philippines (SGOP). SGOP is an exemplary organization of gynecologic oncologists and specialists of related disciplines committed to the continuous upgrading of the standards of practice, teaching and research in the field of gynecologic oncology in the Philippines. Much like IGCS, the members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of the Philippines agree that a high standard of practice in gynecologic oncology is essential for all women diagnosed with gynecologic malignancies.
I am very pleased to announce that Argentina has joined our Strategic Alliance Partner Program. Argentina has made significant improvements in its gynecologic cancer mortality rates for over a decade with formalized education and training through the Argentinian Association of Gynecologic Oncology (AAGO). They have been a leader in South America for many years and have led the way in harmonizing training among institutions in the region.
Latin America is a huge area with an enormous number of women with gynecologic cancers. Regional leaders spent a great deal of time and effort engaging with their colleagues about the Strategic Alliance Program and ultimately included nearly 400 new members who will be joining IGCS. I personally want to thank every one of them for their vision and their commitment to the women they treat.
As IGCS continues with the desire to be the global voice of Gynecologic Oncology we are pleased to announce that the Israeli Society of Gynecologic Oncology (ISGO) has joined our Strategic Alliance Partnership Program. ISGO is a multidisciplinary society including gynecological oncologists, medical oncologists and radiotherapists dedicated to the treatment of women with gynecological cancer, which includes 20 affiliated centres.
Please join me in welcoming the Indonesian Society of Gynecologic Oncology (INASGO) as a new Strategic Alliance Partner. INASGO was founded in 2000 with a current membership of 110 gynecologic oncology practitioners. We are thrilled to welcome them to the IGCS community and are excited to engage with the INASGO leadership Prof Andrijono and Prof Purwoto to hear from them their vision for the future of gynecologic oncology, pathology, and radiation oncology in Indonesia. We look forward to participating in their strategic planning process and to identify ways we can work together towards improving the health and care of Indonesian women.
Please welcome the Association of Oncologists of Uzbekistan as a new Strategic Alliance Partner. Under the leadership of Professor Tilliashahov Mirzagaleb Nigmatovich, Chairman of the AOUZ board, a new strategic alliance partnership with IGCS has been formed. The Association of Oncologists of Uzbekistan was founded on August 7th, 2003. AOUZ is a non-governmental, non-commercial organization, involving a voluntary scientific and educational union of specialists in the sphere of theoretical and practical oncology.
As we come to the end of 2017, please join me in welcoming the Thai Gynecologic Cancer Society (TGCS) as a new Strategic Alliance Partner of the IGCS. The Thai Gynecological Cancer Society was founded with the mission, “To Better the Health of Thai Women with Reproductive Cancer.” Their focus on patient care, education and disseminating information to their members and to the public is perfectly aligned with the IGCS mission.
The Pan-Arabian Research Society of Gynecological Oncology (PARSGO) is the newest IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner. PARSGO includes sixty-one members with a professional interest in the prevention, treatment, and research of gynecological cancers from centers across the Arab world. This is the first Strategic Alliance Partnership that includes a multi-country membership in areas where IGCS has typically had a low penetration. PARSGO members are from centers within the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Oman, UAE, Palestine, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi, Egypt, Iraq, Djibouti, Somalia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya and Comoro Islands. Members also include gynecologic oncology professionals of Arabic heritage who practice in other parts of the world but are committed to the PARSGO mission.
It has been such a pleasure over the last year to continue to meet and engage with IGCS members all over the globe. I recently had the honor of traveling to Central Asia to learn more about this beautiful region, the incidence of gynecologic oncology and the opportunity to get to know the wonderful people who live there and their strong affinity to IGCS. Under the leadership of Dilyara Kaidarova MD, PhD, Director of the Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology, Almaty, Kazakhstan a meeting was held with representatives from Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute.
We are excited to announce that we are continuing to expand our membership through the Strategic Alliance Partner Program with the addition of China. I am so pleased to welcome our second Strategic Alliance Partner, the Chinese Gynecologic Cancer Society!
I am so pleased to welcome our first Strategic Alliance Partner, the Belarus Gynecologic Oncology Division of the Belarusian Society of Oncology! Fifty-one gynecologic oncology, surgeons, specialists, researchers, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists from cities across the eastern European country of Belarus are now Alliance Members of the IGCS.
As I reflect on my first year as CEO of IGCS, one of the most rewarding aspects of the position has been the opportunity to meet and hear from members all over the globe. I am motivated and inspired everyday by the growing commitment the membership of IGCS demonstrates toward caring for women with gynecologic cancers. It inspires me and my team members every day to work even harder on your behalf. Strategic Alliance Partner Members of IGCS will include organizations and regions from all over the globe whose objectives are consistent and aligned with our own. This program will bring together the leaders and memberships of gynecologic oncology organizations, allowing for closer dialogue, better idea and information sharing, and collaboration with the common goal of finding solutions to the many issues that face us globally.