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Advocacy in Rome


The IGCS Global Meeting, held in a different region of the world annually, convenes gynecologic cancer professionals from around the world for an extraordinary, cutting-edge scientific program. Each year, this important meeting also includes a Symposium for survivors-patients, caregivers, and family members to enhance their education around and awareness of gynecologic cancers and to empower them to access best treatment options. With a focus on improving survival and survivorship (that is quality of life) and on engaging patient and advocate communities worldwide, advocacy events will be embedded throughout the Global Meeting.

Symposium & Other Advocacy Special Events

Click to download the Advocacy Brochure and the Special Events Flyer.

Advocacy Reception & Wine Tasting—September 11
Women4Women Concert—September 11
Sunrise Bus Tour of Rome—September 12
Survivor-Caregiver Symposium: Women4Women—September 12

Survivor-Caregiver Symposium: Women4Women

Auditorium Parco della Musica
Rome, Italy
Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 am-4:00 pm

The Symposium is Free, but registration is required. Register for Advocacy Events here.

All presentations will be available through simultaneous translation of English and Italian. And wellness demonstrations by certified professionals will be available at intervals throughout the Symposium.

Light breakfast, lunch, and healthy break refreshments will be provided.

Come prepared to capture and share the day with your camera phone.

Symposium Highlights

Throughout the day, survivor voices and experiences will be infused and will frame each major program session.

Most Symposium participants will begin the day with a Sunrise Bus Tour of Rome. Then participants will have the chance to make artistic contributions to “We Create: Joint Art Project” —a survivor-led opportunity to create and leave art in the region as a gift from the gynecologic cancer community. And, of course, we will have an area designated for remembering and honoring survivors-patients and other loved ones.

Gynecologic Cancer Literacy

We'll cover all the basics of gynecologic cancers: symptoms and risks, early detection, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, genetic testing, and patient rights and options such as maintenance therapy. This session would not be complete without discussing clinical trials and cutting-edge research and findings.


Survivorship 101: Focus on Quality of Life

Let’s talk Survivorship— quality of life and wellness from diagnosis onward— and get very personal! We’ll have frank exchanges about body image, sexual health, intimacy, fertility, nutrition, and self-care as well as about work-life balance and other concerns specific to working women. And we’ll learn to document our individual journeys.


The Power of Patient Advocacy

While having a primer on the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of patient advocacy, we’ll tap into its regional and global power and the benefits of creating and maintaining a strong, inclusive Global Advocacy Network. Sharing advocacy organization highlights and survivor-caregiver perspectives from the region, we’ll explore the tangible, documented power of advocacy.


Patient-Centric Table Talk

At topic-specific roundtables, we’ll have the opportunity to share our perspectives on patient-centered questions and issues with a wide range of advocates, pharmaceutical industry representatives, and physicians. And we just might jumpstart the development of action plans for moving forward more empowered to advocate for ourselves and others.



More to Come!