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Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists

Our society consists of registered nurses and associates. We are dedicated to the advancement of patient care, education, and research in gynecologic oncology and women's health care. We provide members with opportunities to increase their knowledge, skills, and understanding of professional issues. SGNO is determined to make a difference.


  • Support the concerns and interests of gynecologic nurse oncologists.

  • Promote an awareness of the health-illness cycle for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers.

  • Advance nursing knowledge and clinical skills in gynecologic oncology by providing workshops, educational material and increased research opportunities.

  • Support and promote communications and professional development among gynecologic nurse oncologists and gynecologic oncologists.
  • Promote communication with other organizations that influence women's health care.

Founding of the SGNO

The SGNO traces its roots to individuals who were willing to take the initiative and exercise their professional leadership on behalf of advancement in women's health care. In 1979, with the support of Richard Boronow, MD; dedicated nurses established the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists. In the winter of 1980, ten nurses from around the U.S. and Canada met in Scottsdale, AZ. At this historic meeting, goals for the formation of a gynecologic oncology nursing society were made.These ten nurses became the founding council of the SGNO:

  • Cynthia Beebe
  • Terry Chamorro
  • Lynda Ronan-Conan
  • Mary Lou Cullen
  • Terre Currie
  • Diana Hoff
  • Judith Hubbard
  • Sharon Kelly
  • Paula Major
  • Helen Petersen

In July 1983, the first SGNO educational conference was held in Denver, CO. In attendance were 75 nurses from all over the US and Canada. Each year since 1983, the SGNO has presented an educational symposium that concentrates on the care of women afflicted with gynecologic malignancies and those suffering with complex women's health issues.