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SGO and ACOG Announce Breast Cancer Fellowship Program for Gynecologic Oncologists
Date:3/2/2009

CHICAGO, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have jointly developed a breast disease fellowship training program for gynecologic oncologists. Supported by a grant of $75,000 from ACOG, the program provides support for a gynecologic oncologist to complete a one-year fellowship training in the care and treatment of breast cancer and related disease.

"As experts in women's cancer care it seems only natural that interested gynecologic oncologists, who already possess an in-depth understanding of some women's cancers, should have the opportunity to obtain concentrated, advanced specialty training in the care and treatment of breast disease. This will allow those gynecologic oncologists the opportunity to provide care in more aspects of women's cancer care and pave the way for patients to get comprehensive cancer care in a single place," explained SGO President David G. Mutch, M.D. "Emerging data suggests that many diseases are best treated by those who have received specialized training, and the link between gynecologic cancers and breast cancers is clear. We are extremely grateful to ACOG for recognizing this important educational need. Together, we are confident this program will improve women's cancer care in the coming years."

"Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in US women. One out of every seven women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime," noted ACOG President Douglas H. Kirkpatrick, M.D. "We believe this fellowship is an important step forward in improving health care for women."

Applications will be accepted beginning this summer for the one-year fellowship, slated to begin in 2010. The process calls for both the prospective gynecologic oncology fellow and his/her institution to jointly submit an application. The program was designe
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