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BGCS Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 – Save the date!
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The Eve Appeal – Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month
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Target Ovarian Cancer Survey
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Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust Volunteers
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BGCS Conference 2016
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2016 Conference Presentations
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Broadcasting BRCA Web Conference
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NFGON Conference Report
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NFGON Bursary Winner
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Photos from Conference 2016

The Eve Appeal – Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

On Thursday 1st September, The Eve Appeal is launching Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) to raise awareness of all five gynaecological cancers throughout the month (and beyond!). They will be encouraging women across the UK to #KnowYourBody and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the five gynaecological cancers.

The charity knows that stigma, taboo and embarrassment are key barriers to women talking openly about signs and symptoms and seeking medical help. They also know that awareness of the gynae cancers themselves is very low. However, The Eve Appeal is determined to change this and make gynae cancers as easy to talk about without shame or embarrassment as breast cancer. 

That is why this September, Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month will focus on the concept of #KnowYourBody, which demonstrates the gynaecological knowledge gap among women of the UK about their own anatomy, gynae issues as well as cancers and their associated signs and symptoms. 

To find out more about The Eve Appeal’s activity throughout September, please visit www.eveappeal.org.uk/gcam

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Target Ovarian Cancer Survey

Please take part in Target Ovarian Cancer’s Pathfinder 2016 Study. Target Ovarian Cancer completes their Pathfinder Study every three to four years. It includes surveys of GPs, gynae-oncology nurses, and women with ovarian cancer as well as mapping awareness in the general population. It shows what is working well but also what needs to change in the field of ovarian cancer.

We know how important the support of a gynae-oncology nurse is to women undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, but we also know the increasing pressure and workloads you all face. As part of Pathfinder 2016 we want to draw attention to the importance of investing in gynae-oncology nurses, but we can only do this if we have enough responses to our survey.

The survey can be filled in online and should take no more than ten minutes to complete – www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PathfinderSurvey2016-nurses

We know how much gynae-oncology nurses do, and how often you go above and beyond in supporting women with ovarian cancer, and with this survey and the wider Pathfinder Study, hope to show others how vital your role is and the difference it makes.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust Volunteers

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust are currently looking for volunteers to help run their growing helpline, and we are especially interested in hearing from health care professionals who have experience and knowledge of cervical cancer or cervical abnormalities.

The Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust helpline offers reliable information, friendly support and useful signposting to women, and their loved ones affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. So far this year our helpline volunteers have helped over 600 people feel better informed, less isolated, and  more supported in their situations.

Our helpline advisors volunteer remotely from their own homes, and commit to a 3 hour shift twice a month.  The charity provides all of the helpline skills training, information, and support to succeed in this role. You will be joining a fantastic and supportive network of valued volunteers who really make a difference to women and their loved ones.

If you are interested, find out more and apply here – https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/telephone-helpline-volunteer

 

BGCS Conference 2016

BGCS – 12-13TH May 2016 – ICC Birmingham

-Natalie Percival, President National Forum Gynaecology Oncology Nurses

The ICC Birmingham this year hosted a fantastic BGCS conference attended by a worldwide audience with a passion for gynaecology. The scientific programme was jam packed and each speaker and session provided key learning elements for us to take back to our everyday practice. It was great to see the presentation on endometrial cancer by Emma Crosbie as this really brought home the importance of endometrial cancer which had previously been discussed by Lousie Wan and Pierre-Martin Hirsch at the NFGON conference the day prior to BGCS. It was exciting for me to hear Professor Iain McNeish’s talk on BRCA and his support for the role of the clinical nurse specialist, which I am sure you all know, is a topic that I am passionate about.

The exhibition stands and poster viewing areas were busy with delegates and industry and provided excellent points for discussion with other members of the conference. I was excited to see that our NFGON member Philppa Lloyd won 3rd prize for her poster presentation on Learning Disabilities and Gynaecological Cancer: Recommendations for Accessing Care and Treatment. This was an NFGON funded bursary for Philippa and highlights the important work that the nursing community provide to the large medical conferences.

The meeting also provided NFGON committee with an opportunity to discuss our next conference alongside the BGCS in Glasgow in 2017 and early talks were had about the integration of the NFGON conference and the BGCS conference to bring you the best possible agenda.

Tracie Miles and I are also on the scientific committee for BGSC 2018 which will be hosted in London. If there is anything you want to present or any specific agenda items you feel are paramount for the programme, then please do get in touch. As always there will be nursing bursaries available.

Broadcasting BRCA Web Conference

28th June, 6:00pm – 7.30pm
Transforming treatment in BRCAm ovarian tumours

A live studio panel will be discussing the advances in BRCA ovarian cancer and the impact of PARP inhibitors on current clinical practice. Learn from clinical experts and have your say by joining the discussion.

Register for the live, interactive web conference event at broadcast-brca@isohealth.co.uk

Click here to learn more

NFGON Conference Report

Tracie Miles 1Congratulations to Nat for bringing the committee together with massive support from Catherine Spencer CNS in Birmingham to produce sell-out conference programme!

We enjoyed a multi-disciplinary mix of speakers, with Maureen Spinetto from the RCN starting the day bringing us up to date with NMC revalidation, an very welcome talk, busting some of the myths around the process, encouraging not yet in gear to get on with it (yes, myself included!).

“Team North” was well represented with talks on obesity in womb cancer from Dr Pierre Martin- Hirsch, a great scene setter for Dr Louise Tan to tell us about the important research priorities the Womb Cancer Alliance have identified. Prof Kinta Beaver continued the research theme entertaining us with “bench to bedside theories”. Surviving treatment, the concept of a specialist nurse team was brought to us from Hull by Sarah Guest with Lynn Holmes from Hull bringing us useful tips on surviving side effects from PARP inhibition.

From the South we heard about complementary survivorship and treatment support from Nicky Bancroft based at Penny Brohn in Bristol, a celebrated concept of care for many of our patients.

And finally from Nat and Tracie an update on BRCA testing, where we are now; moving on, but still it seems a long way to go!

Your feedback was very positive, we look forward to seeing you all again next year. Please do let any one of the committee know if you have a topic/talk/poster or anything else you would like to contribute to next year’s conference in Glasgow.

Trace Miles

NFGON Bursary Winner

In 2016 I was awarded the wonderful opportunity of being the recipient of a £200 NFGON bursary to attend the BGCS conference in Birmingham. This bursary was helpful as it reduced the costs of attending the conference as well provided some money toward travel to Birmingham. In order to be eligible for an NFGON bursary I was required to submit a poster or oral presentation to the BGCS. Initially I had thought that this would be a lot of work, but I had seen some posters the previous year and this had motivated me to do a poster this year on something interesting. I chose the topic ‘learning disabilities and gynaecological cancer’ and did this in collaboration with the learning disabilities lead for my trust. I ended up getting a third place prize for the poster!  The great thing about doing a poster is that you can also use it for educational events at your own hospital that promote good practice in nursing. It’s also something to add as an achievement in your appraisal and the revalidation process. It certainly raised the spotlight on gynaecological cancer and learning disabilities in our team. I’m grateful to the NFGON for awarding me the bursary.

Philippa Lloyd

Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Barts Health NHS Trust

 

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