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Society of Gynecologic Oncologists to Host 39th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer
Date:2/11/2008

'Scientific Innovation - Pathway to Progress in Women's Cancer' Theme

Spotlights Four Decades of Advances in Prevention and Treatment of Gynecologic Cancers

CHICAGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) will host its 39th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer March 9-12 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. The four-day educational event will feature more than 350 scientific presentations, lectures, workshops, symposium, surgical labs and postgraduate courses that focus on emerging science, clinical trials and treatment advances for physicians and health care professionals in the field of gynecologic oncology.

Long viewed as the premier educational and scientific event in the profession, this year's meeting had a record 718 research and clinical trial abstracts submitted from all over the world for consideration in the program. "We are pleased with the volume and quality of research concentrated on gynecologic cancers that emerged this year," said SGO President, Andrew Berchuck, M.D. "The ability to meet annually and learn about new advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention modalities is vital to improving the care and outcomes for our patients battling gynecologic cancers. We want everyone to know that the science shared at this meeting does, in fact, translate into improved care."

For four decades, gynecologic oncologists have been dedicated to the care and treatment of women's cancers including ovarian, cervical, endometrial, vulvar and vaginal cancer. These specialists are obstetrician/gynecologists who have received three to four years of additional training in oncology, surgery, Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and supportive care. Gynecologic oncologists have also been leaders in conducting research and clinical trials to improve patient care standards, treatment methods, and preventative and diagnostic medicine. As the national society for these physicians, the SGO hosts this annual meeting to not only offer educational opportunities, but to also spotlight the newest, emerging research focused on identifying and ultimately eradicating these diseases.

"The theme "Scientific Innovation -- Pathway to Progress in Women's Cancer" reflects where we as a profession are with regard to addressing these diseases," comments Dr. Berchuck. "Since the 1970s we have made some tremendous progress and witnessed remarkable achievement in the quality of care made available to our patients. But we still have miles to go. The research, trials and technological advances featured at this meeting will keep us on track in searching for the ultimate cure."

The comprehensive, broad range of educational programming offered at the Annual Meeting mirrors the core competencies of gynecologic oncologists -- surgical disease management, medical/oncologic/radio-therapeutic treatment, preventative medicine and scientific research. The meeting traditionally attracts medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, oncology nurses and allied health professionals who care for women with gynecologic malignancies. "We want everyone involved in caring for women with these diseases to have a strong knowledge base about what is currently available, what is new, and what is on the horizon with regard to treating these diseases," adds Dr. Berchuck. "It is also important for women to know about these cancers, the symptoms and the risk factors. They should be aware of the most up-to-date prevention and treatment options available - be it the HPV vaccine, new surgical procedures or the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.

The SGO is a national medical specialty organization of physicians who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. Its purpose is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancer by encouraging research, disseminating knowledge which will raise the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies, and cooperating with other organizations interested in women's health care, oncology and related fields. The Society's membership, totaling more than 1230, is primarily comprised of gynecologic oncologists, as well as other related medical specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists. SGO members provide multidisciplinary cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and supportive care. More information on the SGO can be found at http://www.sgo.org.


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