Dear Members and Friends,

In this CEO Update, I’d like to share with you the results from our recent COVID-19 survey, provide an update on IGCS 2020 abstracts and our upcoming Surgical Film Festival with AAGL, and remind readers of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer to complete the 2020 readership survey.

COVID-19 Survey Results

We would like to thank our members for taking the time to complete our international survey of gynecologic cancer care providers to help us better understand the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care in the initial months of the pandemic. An executive summary of the results is now available.

Download COVID-19 Survey Results Executive Summary

We received responses from a total of 270 participants from 62 countries, with representation largely from North America, South America, and Asia. 83% were gynecologic oncologists and the rest included medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and nurses. The primary practice of 97% of participants is in clinical work and 91% work in an urban setting. 70% work in academic medical centers while 26% work in community hospitals.

From the survey responses, we learned that there is a definite and urgent need for the IGCS to comprehensively evaluate and understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gynecologic cancer practice and women’s cancer care. This understanding goes to the raison d’être of the Society in supporting its membership through education, advocacy, and political activism for women living with cancer all over the world. If you are interested in informational resources IGCS has compiled related to cancer care and COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 page for resources, articles and recordings of educational tumor boards.

I would also like to thank Dr. Joseph Ng, IGCS Council Member and Chair of the Mentorship and Training Committee for his work in developing the survey questions and Dr. Li Min Lim for analyzing and compiling the executive summary.

The IGCS will be diving deeper and into some of the comments and responses you have provided. We intend to share what we find on these deep dives across our entire suite of information-distribution platforms including social media and in our society journal, the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

IGCS 2020 xDigital Annual Global Meeting

Abstract and Surgical Film Submission for the IGCS 2020 Annual Global Meeting closed on July 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm PDT. We are grateful to have received over 500 abstracts and surgical films.

Late Breaking Abstracts will be accepted from July 25-August 15. Please note that the late breaking submission site is reserved for high priority data that was not fully available at the time of original submission deadline on July 15. Other submissions will not be considered for acceptance.

There is still plenty of time to register for IGCS 2020. Learn more about the meeting which will be 100% digital. Session details will be released soon but until then, please view the program overview to see all the great sessions that will be offered.

IGCS/AAGL Surgical Film Festival

The next IGCS/AAGL Film Festival covering surgical complications will be held July 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm CDT. This online event is free but registration is required. View the program outline and speakers.


IJGC Readership Survey (July 2020)

The International Journal of Gynecological Cancer is conducting a readership survey to collect feedback from IGCS members and subscribers regarding journal content and educational offerings such as podcasts, video articles and different article types.

Please complete the IJGC survey here.


In closing, I’d like to thank the numerous volunteer leaders who allow IGCS to achieve our goals and better the care for women with gynecologic malignancies.


Mary Eiken, MS