August 16, 2016
Survivors share stories of life after cancer: ‘You can get better’
Register for the Oklahoma Survivors course today
NYC Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course recordings available online
Spread the purple and teal love
Webinar on pain management now available
National Race to End Women’s Cancer:Register or Donate
After surviving cancer, women look for a community of support and guidance. In a video produced by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, survivors share how they live and thrive after endometrial cancer.
The video titled “Now I Know: Staying Healthy After Endometrial Cancer,” explores the connection between obesity and endometrial cancer, symptoms caused by the disease, and most importantly, life after diagnosis and treatment. As described by one survivor in the video, “You can get better.”
The video was supported by a grant from the American Cancer Society through the University of Chicago Medical Center.
“Now I Know” includes interviews with gynecologic oncologists Carolyn Kirschner, MD and Elena Diaz MD, of NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, and Nita Lee, MD, of the University of Chicago Medical Center. In the video, they discuss the risk factors of endometrial cancer such as obesity and diabetes, as well as the importance of being treated by a gynecologic oncologist.
Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs and affects more than 50,000 women in the United States. Currently more than 1 million women in the U.S. are endometrial cancer survivors.
Registration is open for the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course at the Samis Family Education Center at OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The course is open to all cancer survivors, loved ones, caretakers and friends who are interested in hearing from leading experts in ovarian cancer research.
Presentations address topics such as sexual recovery after cancer, the expanding role of genetic assessment in the management of ovarian cancer and the basics of clinical trials.
The course is offered in honor of D. Scott McMeekin, MD, who passed away in 2015. He hosted the first endometrial cancer survivorship course in Oklahoma City in 2008, giving his time and expertise to the field of gynecologic cancers.
Registration for the course is required. Parking is free in the designated lot. The closest hotel is the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center, 741 North Phillips Avenue, Oklahoma City (405) 239-3900. (Please note that a block of rooms is not available). For questions or more information, contact the FWC at FWCinfo@sgo.org or 312-578-1439.
The course was made possible through educational sponsorship support from Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma. Four additional Survivors Courses are scheduled for 2016, with more courses tentatively in the works.
Video recordings from May 21, 2016, Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course hosted by NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City are available online on the NYU Langone Medical Center YouTube channel. The course was sponsored by FWC with educational sponsorship support through T.E.A.L (Tell Every Amazing Lady) and NYC Langone Medical Center.
Presentations address topics such as genetics, stress reduction, rare and common ovarian cancers and CA 125 levels:
- Why Genetics Still Matter? Presented by Stephanie V. Blank, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program, NYU Langone Medical Center
- Ovarian Cancer Survivors: Stress Reduction and Symptom Management Presented by Eva M. Pendleton, licensed massage therapist and program manager of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Understanding CA 125 Level Presented Leslie Boyd, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYU School of Medicine
- Efficacy of Checkpoint Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancer Presented by Amir Jazaeri, MD, Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Immunotherapy Program at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Toward Precision Medicine for Rare and common Ovarian Cancer Presented by Douglas Levine, MD, FACOG, FACS, Director of Gynecologic Oncology Head of Gynecology Research Laboratory, Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center
For more information about ovarian cancer, go to the FWC website.
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM), a time to heighten awareness about gynecologic cancers. GCAM was originated by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer in 1999, which makes this a special time of year for the organization. Thousands of national and local events are organized to support the cause and honor the memory of those who have died from gynecologic cancers. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages as FWC shares inspiration and information throughout the month. Please share photos of #GCAM fundraising events or photos of advocates, and survivors wearing purple, the designated color of gynecologic cancer awareness. September is also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and FWC encourages advocates and survivors to wear teal on #TealTuesdays.
Register to view on demand a free online webinar on Post-Surgical Pain Management Techniques for Enhanced Recovery. Presented by Sean Dowdy, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Pedro Ramirez, MD, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, the webinar gives survivors and patients ideas for pain management after surgery, and is based on research presented at the 2016 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer held in San Diego, CA, March 19-22, 2016. The webinar will only be available on demand for three months.
As the summer comes to a close, remember to register for or donate to the 7th annual National Race to End Women’s Cancer. The 5K/Walk run or one mile walk will kick off at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. The event and contributions support cancer survivors and loved ones by raising awareness while funding crucial education and research to support the cause.
Registrants can organize an event or make a direct donation if they cannot attend in person. Learn more at the Race to End Women’s Cancer . Race participants are encouraged to attend the free Gynecologic Cancer Survivor’s Course in Washington on Saturday, Nov. 5.