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2012 Symposium Highlights
MASCC/ISOO - Supportive Care in Cancer - New York City - June 28-30th

The 2012 MASCC/ISOO International Symposium was a huge success, with over 1400 participants from 62 countries enjoying the hot weather New York provided during June.  The conference hotel, Hilton New York, was beautifully placed in the heart of New York’s Business District, only a few blocks away from iconic landmarks including Time Square (downtown) and Central Park (uptown).

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The start of the meeting saw MASCC president Dorothy Keefe award certificates to MASCC retiring board members, Antonella Surbone, Snezana Bosnjak, Margaret Fitch, Jørn Herrstedt, Yeur-Hur Lai, Kostas Syrigos, David Warr, and Jude Lees. Outgoing MASCC President, Professor Dorothy Keefe hands over MASCC presidency to New MASCC President, Professor Steven Grunberg, where she received a plaque and a marvellous parting gift, a stunning vintage broach of a mask and fan.

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Distinguished Service Award – Professor Paul Hesketh
A number of awards were also given out during the session. The most prestigious of these being the 2012 MASCC Distinguished Service Award which was awarded to Professor Paul Hesketh, a previous MASCC president and Symposium Chair who has been a member for 28 years. In addition, Linda Elting, Chair of the MASCC Awards committee awarded Hesketh with a compilation book (quite thick!) of all his publications. Professor Hesketh is an active member of the Antiemetic Study Group, served as a member of the MASCC antiemetic guideline group, chaired the Boston MASCC/ISOO meeting in 2002, is a long-standing MASCC Board member and past President, and has been a regular invited and proffered presenter at MASCC and many other international meetings.  Professor Hesketh is a leading authority on the prevention and treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and a prolific contributor to the peer-reviewed literature in supportive care.  Congratulations, Professor Hesketh.

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The 1st Annual MASCC Symposium for Patients, Families and Caregivers Living with Cancer was held on Thursday, June 28. This was the first major meeting uniting patients, their families and caregivers with experts from all over the world.  In addition to having presentations from the experts, there were informal opportunities to speak directly with these renowned, international health care professionals to discuss their pressing issues. This symposium was made possible by a generous grant from the Moulder Family Foundation and others. >> View Symposium Support

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There were 10 MASCC Young Investigator Awards handed out to the highest ranked abstracts submitted by researchers less than 40 years old. 
The Outstanding MASCC Young Investigator for 2012 was Arif Kamal from USA.  Young Investigator Awards are made possible by the generous support of Merck, Inc.
Outstanding Young Investigator - Arif Kamal, USA

Young Investigator Awards
Aynur Aktas, USA
Yoon Hee Choi, South Korea
Brock Debenham, Canada
Margot Fijlstra, Netherlands
Han Seng Kim, South Korea
Michelle Nadler, USA
Maria Sofia Rosati, Italy
Brandy Vanderbyl, Canada
Kang Zeng, Canada



MASCC Travel Scholarships
Natalia Carafizi, Moldova
Eugeny Demin, Russia
Aneta Dimitrovska, Macedonia
Jyotsna Rimal, Nepal
Radha Saini, India
Manpreet Singh Tiwana, India
Elena Vvdenskaya, Russia
Wekesa Job Wamukaya, Kenya
Pamela Were, Kenya
John Weru, Kenya

The strongest representation at the Symposium was by medical oncologists from USA, France and Canada.  The conference abstract reviewers had a big job, with over 980 abstracts submitted for the meeting, and a total of 660 posters finally being presented.  Meeting musts included viewing the high quality posters and visiting the trade displays by some of the major supportive care in cancer companies such as Eisai Oncology, Helsinn Healthcare SA, Bristol-Myers Sqibb, EUSA Pharma, Merck and Evolife laboratories. >> View Symposium Support

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