Mission: To improve the care of patients with gynecologic cancer; to advance knowledge and raise standards of practice in gynecologic oncology; to encourage research in gynecologic oncology; and, to cooperate with other individuals and organizations interested in oncology and related fields.
Programs: The foundation holds several meetings throughout the year to bring together the gynecologic community. The largest meeting is the annual meeting. This meeting is held with the purpose of discussing the latest science in the field, promoting education and expanding the gynecologic network.
the e-learning program offers an online portal to the latest peer-reviewed education in gynecologic oncology. Education is provided through recordings of the foundation's meetings, updates on the latest research articles abstracted by experts in the field and films offering a step-by-step approach to gynecologic malignancy procedures.
the breast cancer committee was formed to promote the provision of comprehensive, patient-centered, breast health and cancer care of women. This program is focused on education, research, screening, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. The committee members are responsible for establishing and implementing fellowship pilot sites, obtaining funding opportunities to support the fellowship, developing ideas for education and certification and remaining informed on all emerging issues in breast malignancies.
In December 2012 I was diagnosed with endometrial (uterine) cancer. It was a rare and aggressive type, and already an advanced stage requiring surgery and then chemotherapy. As I searched for answers, all I could find were support groups for ovarian or cervical cancer. Nothing for uterine. But then I found the FWC, the ONLY national organization devoted to ALL women's "below the belt" cancers. There is a wealth of information on their website, brochures covering everything from clinical trials to all the different gynecologic cancers, and support. They also offer FREE survivors courses around the country offering information on the latest research and treatments, survivorship, sexuality, and living after diagnosis. And did I mention they are free? All run by gynecologic oncologists and their support teams. I have been supporting them since 2013 by fundraising through the National Race to End Women's Cancer held every November in Washington DC.