News From the Researcher's Desk

July in England instantly brings to mind strawberries with cream and Wimbledon! While there were some hard shots being hit across the tennis courts at Wimbledon, the gynaecological oncology community had gathered at London between the 4th -6th July 2018 to share knowledge and evidence based research. It was the British Gynaecological Cancer Society Annual Scientific Meeting (BGCS) which was held in conjunction with the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and the National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses (NFGON).


Over 500 delegates including gynaecological surgical oncologists, medical & clinical oncologists, scientists, nurses and medical students all of whom spent the days immersed in trying to achieve a stratified approach to managing gynaecological cancer and ultimately improving survival outcomes. 

GRACE funded research enabled the RSCH Guildford team to present their work on state of the art robotic surgery, outcomes from management of ovarian cancer at our centre  as well as dietary management of inoperable bowel obstruction in advanced ovarian cancer and laboratory based research on chemotherapy resistant ovarian cancer.

The “hot topic” on everyone’s mind was the outcomes following minimal access surgery for early stage cervical cancer following the data that was presented early this year at the SGO meeting in the USA. Mr Anil Tailor and his team were commended for the comprehensiveness and quality of the dataset. Most importantly it was reassuring to note the improved survival outcomes following robotic surgery for these women. This was particularly heartening for the Guildford team as the first Da Vinci robot was purchased through a GRACE campaign from supporters!

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