Society of Gynecologic Oncology Publications
- PARP inhibitors (PARPi) have shown have activity in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Previous studies documented activity in patients with germline (gBRCA) and tumor (tBRCA) BRCA mutations (BRCAm) for treatment in lieu of chemotherapy as well as in recurrent ovarian cancer as maintenance therapy. The recent data from four randomized phase 3 trials have established an important role for frontline PARPi maintenance therapy in ovarian cancer. While SOLO-1 only included BRCAm patients, PRIMA, VELIA, and PAOLA-1 enrolled broader patient populations.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our ability to provide timely surgical care for our patients. In response, the U.S. Surgeon General, the American College of Srugeons, and other surgical professional societies recommended postponing elective surgical procedures and proceeding cautiously with cancer procedures that may require significant hospital resources and expose vulnerable patients to the virus. These challenges have particularly distressing for women with a gynecologic cancer diagnosis and their providers.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has consumed considerable resources and has impacted the delivery of cancer care. Patients with cancer may have factors which place them at high risk for COVID 19 morbidity or mortality. Highly immunosuppressive chemotherapy regimens and possible exposure to COVID-19 during treatment may put patients at additional risk. The Society of Gynecologic Oncology convened an expert panel to address recommendations for best practices during this crisis to minimize risk to patients from deviations in cancer care and from COVID-19 morbidity.
- Gynecologic oncologists have the unique opportunity of caring for patients in a broad range of surgical and medical settings. With increasing awareness of the opioid epidemic and the various factors that contribute to chronic opioid use, gynecologic oncologists must also better understand how to best address acute postoperative pain without unknowingly placing patients at risk for opioid misuse. This article examines the use of opioids in the acute surgical setting and provides clinical guidelines and various strategies to reduce opioid misuse.