2024 Patient & Advocate Education Forum

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Join the Foundation for Women’s Cancer for the 2024 Patient & Advocate Education Forum, an opportunity to learn about the most recent developments and breakthroughs in gynecologic cancer and connect with other patients, survivors, advocates, and healthcare professionals. We’ve heard and taken your feedback, expanding our program to include more opportunities for networking, educational content, asking and answering questions, and engaging in meaningful conversations.

Friday, March 15, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center
111 Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Forum featured topics

Foundation for Women's Cancer - Leadership

Disease Sites

Examine the current status of research and patient care for the five gyn cancers: cervical, endometrial/uterine, ovarian, vaginal, and vulvar.

Foundation for Women's Cancer - Leadership

Precision Medicine

Learn about germline and somatic testing from leading experts, then engage in a question and answer session.

Foundation for Women's Cancer - Mission & Values

Clinical Trials

Explore the latest scientific advancements in gyn cancer clinical trials and learn about what your role can be in accelerating research forward.

forum participant collects educational and wellness materials


Learn more about how gyn cancers affect patient and survivor sexual health, nutrition, and exercise.

Foundation for Women's Cancer - Annual Reports

Side Effect Management

Learn how to best manage side effects and about advances in cytotoxic cancer-treatment, antibody drug conjugates, and immunotherapy.

Survivors convene for survivor panel


Listen to gyn cancer survivors share their journey, and receive helpful tips and tricks for navigating a gyn cancer diagnosis.

Forum schedule at-a-glance

Time Session Details Speakers
9 a.m. Registration Opens; Networking
10 a.m. Forum Welcome; Meditative Moment Ginger Gardner, MD; Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, MHSc; Lois Ramondetta, MD
10:30 a.m. Disease Site (Cervical, Endometrial/Uterine, Ovarian, Vaginal, Vulvar) Speed Rounds; Q & A Rachel Miller-Garcia; Natsai Nyakudarika, MD; Joshua Cohen, MD; Dana Chase, MD; Lisa Barroilhet, MD
11:15 a.m. Precision Medicine Presentation – Germline & Somatic Testing; Q &A Annie Yessaian, MD
12:15 p.m. Clinical Trials Panel Christina Washington, MD; Ramez N. Eskander, MD; Kimberly Richardson; Debbie Janes; Anne Mette Buhl, PhD
12:40 p.m. Lunch; Networking Opportunity
1:25 p.m. Wellness Presentation – Sexual Health, Nutrition & Exercise, & Movement Minute; Q & A Emily Gehron, CRNP; Erin Pellegrin, RD, MDN
2:40 p.m. Break; Networking Opportunity
3 p.m. Side Effect Management Presentation – Cytotoxic Anti-Cancer Treatment, Antibody Drug Conjugates, & Immunotherapy; Q & A Jessica Walchonski, PA-C, MMS; Lynn Parker, MD; Premal Thaker, MD
3:45 p.m. Patient & Patient Advocate Panel Joslyn Paguio; Rachel Miller-Garcia; Jackie Smith; Adrienne Moore; Angelica L. Thomas
4:15 p.m. Healing Samba Workshop Ana Laidely, aka Aninha Malandro
4:45 p.m. Closing Ceremony; Post-Event Networking

Forum add-ons

Still seeking more ways to connect with survivors, advocates, and medical professionals, outside of participating in the Patient & Advocate Education Forum?

We have you covered! Attend the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) 2024 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer by registering here with code AM24SGOPA to receive a discounted patient and advocate rate of $150. Registration for the Annual Meeting gives you access to the full general program, including additional patient advocate-specific events including a coffee and chat and research poster walk and talk.

Registration instructions:

  1. Go to the registration site.
  2. Select Attendee registration
  3. Complete the demographic information.
  4. Select Attendee Registration for registration type and review the policies and consent forms.
  5. Select what sessions and then social events you would like to attend.
  6. On the check out page enter this code AM24SGOPA and then click the plus sign to have the cost reduced to $150.

Forum Sponsors and Exhibitors

For-profit organizations are invited to support the education forum as event sponsors. For more information and the event prospectus, please contact Gail O’Hara.

Tabletop space for non-profit patient advocacy organizations is available at no charge.   This offer consists of one, 6’x30” table and two chairs which will be set inside the forum’s event space. If your patient advocacy organization would like to exhibit at the forum, please use this form to submit your exhibitor registration. Know of a non-profit organization that may be interested in exhibiting at the forum? Share this flyer with them!


We are happy to help! E-mail us at fwcinfo@sgo.org.