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American Society of Clinical Oncology 2013: Summary of Scientific Advancements in Gynecologic Cancer

Eskander, Ramez N. MD; Tewari, Krishnansu S. MD

International Journal of Gynecological Cancer: January 2014 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 13–18
doi: 10.1097/IGC.0000000000000030
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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting was held in Chicago, Ill, from May 31, 2013, to June 4, 2013, and focused on “Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer.” An estimated 25,500 oncology professionals, with a broad range of interests, attended the meeting. Cervical cancer, a gynecologic malignancy with a significant global burden, was prominently featured at this year’s meeting. In a mark of exemplary scientific accomplishment within our specialty, 2 of the 5 general session plenaries investigated advancements in cervical cancer care, extending from improved screening to treatment of metastatic disease. This was followed by the presentation of several important phase 2 and 3 clinical trials in the Gynecologic Oncology Tract, focusing on cervical, ovarian, uterine, and breast cancer, which will be discussed in this report.

Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Krishnansu S. Tewari, MD, University of California, Irvine, 101 The City Drive South, Bldg 56, Suite 264, Orange, CA, 92868. E-mail:

This study was supported by an institutional National Institutes of Health T-32 training grant (Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Training Research Grant, 2T32 CA-060396-11).

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Received August 18, 2013

Accepted October 14, 2013

© 2014 by the International Gynecologic Cancer Society and the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology.