BGCS Conference 2018

Registrar Suzi Hutt is currently carrying out GRACE funded research into endometrial cancer.  She, along with Mr Chaterjee and Mr Tailor, attended the BGCS conference this year. Here she writes about exciting developments in gynaecological cancer research. 

 

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The British Gynaecological Cancer Society Annual Scientific Meeting took place in London on 5th and 6th July. It brought together a group of surgeons, gynaecologist, oncologists, aspiring juniors and scientists with an aim to achieve a stratified approach to managing gynaecological cancer and ultimately improve survival outcomes.

There were fabulous talks by world-renowned surgeons on how to manage recurrent cancer, use of sentinel node procedures in endometrial cancer and urinary diversion techniques when removal of the bladder is necessary. Treatment of relapsed ovarian cancer was a hot topic, as well as use of genetic mutations to guide treatment.

Our team at the Royal Surrey County Hospital was privileged to be able to contribute to both oral and poster presentations. Giulia Falgari presented some of her research into chemotherapy resistant ovarian cancer and Dr Agnieszka Michael presented a protocol on dietary management of inoperable bowel obstruction in advanced ovarian cancer – this is an area in which there is scope to vastly improve the quality of care. Poster presentations included local outcomes in ovarian cancer management and also robotic surgery for cervical cancer. 

Overall, the conference provided stimulating lectures, exhibited some exciting research and was an excellent networking opportunity.