GY team discusses recent Advances in the Management of ovarian Cancer
The Gynecology Oncology Program team at SQCCCRC organized a continuing Medical Education (CME), entitled “Recent Advances in the Management of ovarian Cancer”. The Webinar was a live event, attended by more than 75 participants from several countries, mostly Oman, and was accredited by the Oman medical Specialty board (OMSB) for I Category 1 point.
Following the 50-minute session on the management of ovarian cancer, across the continuum of the disease (prevention, screening for early Detection, Diagnosis, Surgical and Medical Management, and the survivorship issues), there was plenty of time for interactive session. Participants asked questions, and the Gynecology Oncology MDT answered the questions, and highlight the following:
– Ovarian Cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers in the world and in Oman, and most patients present with advanced disease.
– In order to diagnose the disease early, the primary care physicians should have a high Index of suspicion of the disease, especially in presence of ‘Red Flag Symptoms’, and observe a low threshold for clinical examination.
– It’s important for physicians to obtain accurate family history, as the cancer can run in the family, togethers with breast and other cancers, and these may be associated with genetic mutations, which may have an effect on screening of unaffected individuals in the family.
– Around 40-50% of the patients diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer may have mood disorders, sometimes very significant, and needing specialist help. Integrated services are required for wholistic management, and are provided at SQCCCRC.
– Like all cancers, the ripple effects of ovarian cancer extend beyond the people who receive the diagnosis. It affects their family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. By coming together, awareness can be raised, support could be provided for people living with Ovarian Cancer and their loved ones.