Overview

In 1998, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer created the Allied Support Group consisting of newly formed national ovarian cancer advocacy organizations to promote open dialogue and collaboration among the advocacy groups. The Foundation agreed at that time to host semiannual meetings and to serve as the “administrator” of the Allied Support Group. Over the ensuing few years, the Allied Support Group expanded its membership to include other gynecologic cancer related advocacy and research organizations. As currently constituted, the group represents most of the leading national and some international organizations that have interest in women’s gynecologic cancer health.

In addition to meeting semiannually to review the activities of their individual organizations, members of the Allied Support Group have collaborated on a variety of special educational, advocacy and research projects. A partial list of these projects follows:

  • Educational presentation/slide kits for medical professionals and lay public
  • Ovarian National Resource List
  • Ovarian Cancer Product Guide
  • Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Course
  • WCN/WCN Sisterhood of Survivorship
  • Newspaper supplements
  • News/magazine articles
  • Research grants (the Foundation has received funding from various allied support group members to support research grants)
  • Speakers at each member’s conferences
  • Educational materials
  • Exhibiting at member’s conferences
  • Government relations/congressional receptions

Further recognizing the importance of the Allied Support Group, in 2002 the Foundation appointed Ronald Alvarez, MD, a member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee, to a newly established position of Advocacy Chair. The Advocacy Chair serves as the liaison between the Foundation and the Allied Support Group members and chairs the Allied Support Group meetings. The current Advocacy Chair is Dr. Linda R. Duska, who joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2011.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.