Friday, April 3, 2015

April Chat: SGO Annual Meeting Recap and ASK the DOC

This month's #gyncsm chat ( 4/8/15, 9pm EST) will focus on news from the SGO Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer including a segment we call ASK the DOC. 

The SGO's  (Society of Gynecologic Oncology) Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer was held in Chicago on March 27th to the 31st. The SGO " is the premier medical specialty society for health care professionals trained in the comprehensive management of gynecologic cancers" and they encourage research and provide education for women's cancer care. The agenda included presentations and poster sessions on the prevention and screening of gyn cancers, novel approaches to the management of gyn cancers, translational research, improvements in patient outcomes as well as the implications of global research. 

We will begin our chat on Wednesday by discussing research results reported at this year's annual meeting. Some of the studies include:

  • FANG vaccine for ovarian cancer 
  • GOG 213 (a randomized trial comparing carboplatin and paclitaxel with or without bevacizumab in platinum sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer patients.)
  • Immunotherapy
  • Parp inhibitors including  Cediranib and Endometrial cancer
  • An HPV study on cervical cancer & the CTC (Circulating Tumor Cells)  / Bevacizumab (Avastin) study  
  • BRCA 1 & 2 mutations: One study showed that a  majority of BRCA carriers don’t have family a family history of breast or ovarian cancer while a second study showed that most ovarian cancer patients don’t know their BRCA status. 
  • Benefits to being treated at a high volume hospital

  • Join us as we discuss how studies such as these will impact surveillance, education and treatment.

    You may read the abstracts from the meeting here. While videos from the meeting including "Meet the Professor" may be found here. Some tweets related to studies reported on at the annual meeting may be found on the blog posts SGO From a Distance and SGO From a Distance Part 2

    OCNA has provided highlights from the meeting that are of particular interest to ovarian cancer survivors here. Additional highlights provided by Cancer Network (home of the Journal Oncology) may be found here. 

    Included in this chat will be our ASK the DOC segment. All chat participants (patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, etc.) will have the opportunity to ask our docs questions related to the research reported on at the meeting. Maybe there is a research area we had not covered that you are interested in learning more about. ASK the DOC is the perfect time to get your questions answered. 

    We are pleased that this month our health care moderators (Dr. Don S. Dizon, Dr. Rick Boulay, Dr. Merry-Jennifer Markham, Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte) will be joined by Dr. William Winter III, a gynecologist oncologist and lead guitarist with NED The Band. Dr. Winter will be tweeting as @NEDthemovie. 

    We look forward to you joining us as we talk about the latest research on gynecologic cancers. 

    #gyncsm co-moderator

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