The Sandi Portnoy Lecture in Gynecologic Oncology

In memory of Sandi Portnoy, who dedicated her life fighting for women’s rights, Hawai‘i lawyer and University of Hawai‘i Regent Jeff Portnoy, Esq. sponsored a UH JABSOM Department of Ob/Gyn grand rounds lecture on a women’s health issue: uterine cancer. More specifically, the lecture, held on December 20, 2017 at the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, focused on uterine leiomyosarcoma–the same cancer Sandi had fought with her physician, Dr. Michael Carney, UH OBGYN faculty and the division chief of the department’s Gynecologic Oncology division.

Uterine leiomyosarcoma is a rare malignant tumor of the smooth muscle wall of the uterus; in the United States alone, about six out of one million women will be diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma each year. Because of its rarity, there has been difficulty in understanding uterine leiomyosarcomas and effectively treating it. Therefore, the purpose of this special lecture was to advance the treatment of uterine leiomyosarcomas in Hawai‘i by sharing with its community what is currently known and the direction for treatment and future studies. The lecture was led by an expert on uterine leiomyosarcomas, Dr. Kathleen Moore.

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