IJGC Journal Club

IJGC Journal Club, in collaboration with IGCS and ESGO
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

11:00am CDT (Chicago, USA) | 6:00pm CEST (Rome, Italy) 

June Lead Article for Discussion: 
Evaluating meaningful levels of financial toxicity in gynecologic cancers

by Katharine McKinley Esselen & Margaret I Liang

IJGC Journal Club, in collaboration with IGCS and ESGO
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

11:00am CDT (Chicago, USA) | 6:00pm CEST (Rome, Italy) 

June Lead Article for Discussion: 
Evaluating meaningful levels of financial toxicity in gynecologic cancers

by Katharine McKinley Esselen & Margaret I Liang

Watch a recording of the April Journal Club discussion.

Join Editor-in-Chief Pedro Ramirez, Social Media Editor Ane Gerda Zahl Eriksson, and the IJGC Editorial Fellows in a lively and entertaining discussion over Zoom of the lead article in IJGC's April 2021 issue.

The discussion will be recorded and made available to the public.  Participants with cameras turned on may appear in the video recording or their name may appear on the screen. By joining the zoom videoconference, participants are agreeing that they may appear in the recording. Participants can turn off their camera and change their username once they enter the zoom meeting room. To change your name on Zoom, Click the "Participants" button at the bottom of the Zoom window. Next, hover over your name in the "Participants" list and click on "Rename." Enter your new screen name and click "OK."

IGCS 2021 Registration Now Open

The 2021 IGCS Annual Global Meeting is being held in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica with portions of the program being held in a digital environment so that delegates unable to travel may participate remotely.

Planning for Rome? Health & Safety Information

Safety is of course our utmost priority and the IGCS team is working very closely with a local professional conference organizer, the venue, and the Italian government as rules and regulations are released for safe ways to gather with an abundancy of caution.

  • To accommodate social distancing at the Auditorium, a maximum of 650 in-person tickets will be sold. There is no limit on virtual registration.
  • IGCS has appointed COVID Safety Officers responsible for ensuring that guidelines are followed, and proper steps are taken in the event of a positive COVID case. The names and contact information of the COVID Safety Officers will be made prominently available for all delegates to contact with any questions or for any reason before and during the meeting.
  • 48 hours in advance of the IGCS meeting, a negative COVID test result is required for delegates to be admitted to the meeting venue. IGCS will offer rapid testing at the meeting venue August 28th & 29th and will provide a list of alternate testing locations in Rome.
  • The Auditorium has provided detailed safety measures that will be shared with delegates attending in-person in advance of the meeting.
Learn More About Health & Safety Information


We continue to be most appreciative to the Società Italiana di Oncologia Ginecologica (SIOG) and the Società Italiana di Ginecologia e Ostetrica (SIGO) for their continued support and partnership in planning Rome 2021.

Read more in the welcome letter from the 2021 Scientific Program Committee Chairs. Please check back regularly for updates about the IGCS 2021 Annual Global Meeting. Join us in thinking bold!

2021 Scientific Program Committee Chairs

Ana Oaknin, MD, PhD (Spain)

Matthew Powell, MD (USA)

2021 Scientific Program Committee Roster

Co-Chair: Ana Oaknin (Spain)

Co-Chair: Matthew Powell (USA)

Angeles Alvarez Secord (USA)

Susana Banerjee (UK)

Paul Cohen (Australia)

Christina Fotopoulou (UK)

Gonzalo Giornelli (Argentina)

Salvatore Gueli Alletti (Italy)

Gustavo Guitmann (Brazil)

Saketh Guntupalli (USA)

Anuja Jhingran (USA)

Hee-Seung Kim  (Republic of Korea)

Ann Klopp (USA)

Satoru Kyo (Japan)

Mario Leitao (USA)

Domenica Lorruso (Italy)

Sven Mahner (Germany)

Vicky Makker (USA)

Xavier Matias-Guiu (Spain)

Jyoty Mayadev (USA)

Bradley Monk (USA)

Amanda Nickles Fader (USA)

Aikou Okamoto (Japan)

David O’Malley (USA)

Francesco Plotti (Italy)

Leslie Randall (USA)

Isabelle Ray-Coquard (France)

BJ Rimel (USA)

Clare Scott (Australia)

A.G.J. van der Zee (The Netherlands)

Key Dates

General Abstract Submission Deadline: May 12th
Early Registration Deadline: July 13th
Late Breaking Abstract Submission: June 8 – June 29th

Preliminary Program Details

  • 3.5 days of programming
  • Delegates may attend in person or virtually
  • Master Sessions on ovarian, cervix, uterine, and vulvar cancers are back by popular demand
  • Surgical education track
  • Oral abstract presentations
  • Continuing medical education credits for live and on-demand sessions
  • The featured poster sessions and virtual abstract poster hall will be just as robust as the 2020 meeting with the poster hall featuring audio recordings from the authors
Learn More About the Program


Optimizing Engagement with the Latest Virtual Meeting Technology and Hub & Spoke Model

Expanding on the success of the fully digital 2020 IGCS Annual Global Meeting, IGCS 2021 will utilize the latest virtual meeting technology to broadcast engaging sessions and provide delegates access to hundreds of virtual abstract posters and audio recordings.

Engagement is major priority for IGCS 2021, and we have found a unique way to disseminate our education globally without sacrificing personal interaction for those who cannot be in Rome. With the virtual platform we will be using a “hub and spoke” approach that will allow us to broadcast from Rome as the hub, to many locations where gynecologic oncology professionals may gather all over the globe – thus creating the spokes.

We are encouraging regional gatherings of delegates when conducive and identifying local key opinion leaders in each of these regions to interact with the speakers and moderators in Rome to provide a similar effect and impact as to being there in person.

Learn More About the Hub & Spoke Meeting Model


Registration Options

Delegates have the option to attend in person or participate virtually. Those who attend in person will have full access to the virtual platform. Group registration available for all options. Visit igcs2021.com/registration for more information.

Learn More About Registration Options


Surgical Film Festival

Surgical Education Webinar
Management of Cancer in Pregnancy
Friday, May 7, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 am EDT (New York)

Program Outline

Management of placenta accreta
Michael McHale, MD

Surgical management of adnexal mass in pregnancy
Emilie Vander Haar, MD

Management of cervical cancer/preinvasive disease in pregnancy
Allan Covens, MD


Michael McHale, MD
Division Chief
Gynecologic Oncology Services
UC San Diego Health

Emilie Vander Haar, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Weill Cornell Medical College
Cornell University

Allan Covens, MD
Chair, Gynecological Oncology
University of Toronto
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre



Vance Broach, MD
Assistant Attending, Gynecology Service
Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

IGCS surgical film festivals are organized by Vance Broach, Surgical Education Lead of the IGCS Education Committee.

Early Career Workshop

Friday, April 30 | 8:00 pm EDT (New York)
Saturday, May 1 | 8:00 am CST (China)
Program Topics
Role of an Early Career Fellow in Clinical Trials
Alison Brand, MD 
GCIG Mandate & Vision
Keiichi Fujiwara, MD
Trial Types & Design for International Studies
Jung Min Lee, MD
Patient Reported Outcomes
Rachel Sisodia, MD
Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Segment
Rachel Sisodia, MD | Alison Brand, MD | Rhonda Farrell, MD
IGCS Early Career Workshop Jr. Faculty


Alison Brand, MD
Director Department of Gynaecological Oncology Westmead Hospital
Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Rachel C. Sisodia, MD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Sr. Medical Director for Specialty Care & Patient Reported Outcomes, Mass General Brigham


Rhonda Farrell, MD
IGCS Early Career Network Sr. Mentor
& IGCS Council Member
Navya Nair, MD
IGCS Early Career Network Jr. Mentor
& IGCS Early Career Workshop Jr. Faculty

Early Career Workshop Jr. Faculty

Geetu Bhandoria, MD

Arthur Tsu, MD

Sadie Jones, MD

Florencia Noll, MD

While the workshop is open to all, the program is geared towards young clinicians and researchers who are currently in training and those who have completed training within the last five years and are dedicated to the study of gynecologic cancers.

This workshop is being coordinated in collaboration with the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup (GCIG).

The session recording and slides from the first IGCS Early Career Workshop (held January, 2021) are available for IGCS Members in the Education Portal.

Zoom Video Webinar

IGCS uses Zoom Video Webinar for virtual events. Zoom Webinar technology has a maximum capacity of 500 attendees. While we believe that we will be able to accommodate all attendees, these free sessions have garnered a lot of interest and there is a chance that capacity will be reached. Also, please be aware that poor internet connectivity and other issues may affect the quality of your experience. Click here to view tips to improve your Zoom Webinar connectivity.

If you are unable to enter the Zoom Webinar or experience technical difficulties, please know that a recording of the entire session will be made available on the IGCS website in a timely manner after the event.

2nd International Web Conference

Thursday, May 20, 2021
5:00 - 2:00 EDT (New York)
12:00 - 21:00 MSK (Moscow)

The IGCS in collaboration with the American Eurasian Cancer Alliance (AECA) and the Russian Reproductive Tumor Society invite you to participate in the 2nd International Web-Conference “Gynecologic oncology: from clinical trials to practice” with the key topic of discussion, "Rare Gynecologic Tumors."

As part of a full meeting agenda, AECA-affiliated experts from University of Toronto, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and N.N. Blokhin National Medical Research Center will discuss a range of topics related to research, diagnosis, and treatment of ovarian, endometrial, vulvovaginal, and cervical cancers, with a particular emphasis on rare cases. Leaders from Blokhin will also present on surgical management of germ cell tumors of the ovary. The event is open to the global gynecological cancer community. 

Reports, discussions and interactive sessions will be dedicated to the following topics:

  • Rare Malignant Gynecologic Tumors
  • Minimally Invasive and Open Surgical Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology
  • Innovations in diagnostics and treatment of gynecologic malignancies

Program Outline

5:00 – 7:00  EDT - New York / 12:00 – 14:00 MSK - Moscow
Russian Reproductive Tumors Society`s Session (Language: Russian)
Innovations in Diagnostics and Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies

7:00 – 8:45 EDT - New York / 14:00 – 15:45 MSK - Moscow
Surgical Session (Language: Russian)
Minimally Invasive and Open Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology

9:00 - 2:00 EDT -New York / 16:00 – 21:00 MSK - Moscow
International Session (Language: English with simultaneous translation)
Case Based Reviews of Rare Gynecologic Cancers

Pathology Session
Chairs: Anna Plotkin (Canada),  Apollon Karseladze (Russia)

Ovarian Cancers Session
Chairs: Amanda Fader (USA), Kirill Zhordania (Russia)

Endometrial Cancers Session
Chairs: Michael Frumovitz (USA), Yulia Paianidi (Russia)

Vulvovaginal and Cervical Cancers
Chairs: Pedro Ramirez (USA), Alexey Shevchuk (Russia)

Breast Cancer Course

International Course on Breast Cancer
Three-Part Webinar Series

March 27 | April 24 | May 29
8:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT (Chicago)

This three-part webinar will be conducted in Spanish with English translation during the live event. The event recording will only be available in Spanish.

Register Here


Associate Professor: Dr. Víctor Manuel Vargas Hernández

Adjunct Professors:
Dr. Guillermo Sídney Herbert Núñez
Dr. David Cantú de León

Dr. Antonio Posada Domínguez
Dr. Paula Anel Cabrera
Dr. José Hinojosa Gómez

Objective: For doctors interested in enhancing decision-making for the benefit of their patients, this course will provide an opportunity to learn about current and future trends in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for patients with breast cancer.

Course description: Learn about the latest innovations in the knowledge and characteristics of breast cancer, detection, prevention, comprehensive management, surgery options, and personalized medicine.

Justification: Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women in Latin America (and many parts of the world) and mainly affects patients of reproductive age. This considerably affects family life and society itself. Expert multidisciplinary teams are required to effectively manage breast disease and to improve survival and quality of life.

Facing the difficult journey through breast cancer does not end with diagnosis, surgery or radiation therapy – these treatments are only the beginning. This program will cover the most up-to-date clinical education regarding the management of breast disease and include information regarding the importance of all ongoing care, including survival programs. Expert multidisciplinary professors practicing in Latin America who are trained in breast surgery, medical oncology, pathology and oncological radiology will speak about innovations, challenges. and management controversies in breast cancer care throughout the entire patient journey.

View Part I of the presentations recorded on March 27th

View Part II of the presentations recorded on April 24th

Education Highlight: Palliative Lecture

Featured: Lecture and Discussion on Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care with Dr. Michael Pearl

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access a recently recorded didactic focusing on palliative medicine and end of life care by Dr. Michael Pearl from Stony Brook University Hospital in the USA. Dr. Pearl is formally trained in both Gynecologic Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

The lecture was recorded live with the international fellows enrolled in the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program.

In the first 60 minutes of the recording, Dr. Pearl provides an overview of palliative medicine, including end-of-life care, ethics, and communication. After the lecture, he conducts and question and answer segment with the international gynecologic oncology fellows.

“Death is a natural and inevitable end to life; helping patients achieve an appropriate and easy passage to death is one of the most important and rewarding services that a physician can provide.” -American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

New Literature Highlight in the Pathology Corner

The March supplement issue of the International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology is dedicated to findings from the ISGyP Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Project.

The goals of the project were to
1. understand the spectrum of current practices in pathologic evaluation and reporting of endocervical adenocarcinoma, including a review of the literature and a member survey,
2. improve global reproducibility of endocervical adenocarcinoma classification and pathologic reporting; and
3. assess prognostic significance of WHO/IECC endocervical adenocarcinoma classification and Silva pattern-based classification of HPV-associated adenocarcinomas.

Summaries of the articles are provided in the IGCS Pathology Corner.

Join the Early Career Network

Early Career Workshop 
A recording of the Early Career Workshop (recorded live on January 30, 2021) and presentation slides are now available for members in the IGCS Education Portal

Early Career Research & Publications Network

The goal of this network is to provide early career members with a supportive network of peers and mentors to discuss publishing and writing as critical components to career development. The network will also allow group members the opportunity to develop and promote research projects.

This network is open to IGCS members dedicated to the study of gynecologic cancers who are within the first five years of completion of sub-specialty training.

The network will convene via video conference, online discussion boards and in-person meetings at the IGCS Annual Global Meeting.

Joining the Network
Eligible early career members may request to join the network by logging into the IGCS MEMBER CENTER and clicking GROUPS in the top toolbar, then click +Join Group button. A message will be sent to an IGCS staff member who will verify your eligibility and you will receive an approved or denied message, depending on your completion year of training.

Please be sure your graduation year is filled out in your IGCS Member profile as this will determine your eligibility for the group.

If you are not an IGCS Member, Join today!

The volunteer mentors have previous and current experience in career development, mentorship, publishing and scientific presentation. The mentors will communicate regularly with the network to stimulate research ideas, provoke and moderate discussions and connect network members.

Elena Ioana Braicu, MD, PhD
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Network Mentor
Sean Dowdy, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
United States
Network Mentor
Rhonda Farrell, BAppSc MBBS FRANZCOG CGO MSurg
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney

Network Mentor

Francesco Plotti, MD, PhD
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Network Mentor
Robert Coleman, MD
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
United States
Council Liaison

Junior Mentors

Geetu Bhandoria, MD
Indian Armed Forces
Arthur Hsu, MD
National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu Branch
Sadie Jones, MD
Cardiff University
Wales, UK
Navya Nair, MD
Louisiana State University
Florencia Noll, MD
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires


Questions or comments regarding the network may be directed to the IGCS Membership Manager, Cathy Fearing at cathy.fearing@igcs.org.

Education Highlight: Ask a Pathologist

Education Highlight: New Pathology Corner Resources

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access new resources recently uploaded in the Pathology Corner:

  • WHO Classifications of Female Genital Tumors – 5th Edition Update: summaries for cervix, ovary, uterine (updated), vulvar & vaginal cancers;
  • Interesting Cases: There are now 3 cases to study, the latest being a new case on malignant mesothelioma in situ.
  • Literature Highlights: December 2020 highlights have been added.


Ask a Pathologist is available to IGCS Members thanks to our Strategic Alliance Partnership with the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists. Answers to incoming questions are provided by the members of the IGCS Pathology Work Group and represent their opinion based upon the current and usual practices in the field.

Under the direction of Anna Plotkin, Pathology Work Group Lead, and with significant contributions from our Strategic Alliance Partner Members at the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP), the corner was created to streamline pathology related education curated specifically for gynecologic oncologists. We would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to our work group members for their efforts: Anna Plotkin, Work Group Lead (Canada), Blake Gilks (Canada), Siobhan O’Connor (USA), Joseph Rabban (USA), Adrian Suarez (USA), Gulisa Turashvili (Canada), and Rachael van der Griend (New Zealand) and all the contributors who have agreed to share content.

We hope you enjoy the new educational content in the Pathology Corner of the IGCS Member Education Portal!

Latin America Webinar 2020

Recorded Sábado, Diciembre 5, 2020
A recording of this webinar is available to IGCS Members in the Education Portal.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the current status of surgical options in ovarian cancer.
  • To update the current indications of Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in cervical cancer.


Clemente Arab, MD
Instituto Oncológico FALP

Magaly Malca, MD
Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati Martins


Ovarian Cancer

Pedro Ramirez, MD 
The University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

What is new in surgical treatment of ovarian cancer


Reitan Ribeiro, MD
Erasto Gaertner Hospital

… What if TRUST trial has a positive result?


Alejandro Rauh-Hain, MD
The University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

… What if TRUST trial has a negative result?


Cervix Cancer

Myriam Perrotta, MD 
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires

Impact of the HPV vaccination on cervical cancer mortality


Juliana Rodriguez, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in pregnant women with cervical cancer


Fabio Martinelli, MD 
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in cervical cancer state-of-the-art


René Pareja, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología-Bogota; Clínica de Oncología Astorga-Medellín

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy and fertility preservation in cervical cancer


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