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About MASCC

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) is an international multidisciplinary organization dedicated to research and education in all aspects of supportive care for people with cancer regardless of the stage of their disease. Founded in 1990, MASCC now includes members more than 60 countries and 5 continents. 

Because supportive care encompasses all aspects of care, it involves a variety of disciplines and specialists. Membership is open to medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, outcomes specialists, psychologists, statisticians, infectious disease specialists, educators, representatives from industry and nonprofit sectors, and others interested in supportive care. MASCC is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation.

In 1998, MASCC joined forces with the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO), an organization that addresses the management of complications arising in oral tissues secondary to cancer and its treatment. > About ISOO

MASCC and ISOO hold a joint Annual Meeting each June.

Supportive Care

What is Supportive Care?

Supportive care in cancer is the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. This includes management of physical and psychological symptoms and side effects across the continuum of the cancer experience from diagnosis through treatment to post-treatment care. Enhancing rehabilitation, secondary cancer prevention, survivorship, and end-of-life care are integral to supportive care.

Benefits of Supportive Care

  • Alleviation of symptoms and complications of cancer
  • Prevention or reduction of treatment toxicities
  • Improved communication between patients and caregivers
  • Increased tolerance, and thus benefits, of active therapy
  • Easing of the emotional burden for patients and caregivers
  • Psychosocial support for cancer survivors

MASCC History

An oral history of MASCC, its origin and development from MASCC's beginnings to 2009 alt
- Cynthia N. Rittenberg, Judith L. Johnson and Gerald M. Kuncio
Supportive Care in Cancer Journal  
2010. 18(6)::775-784.

Our Annual Meeting

Each year, MASCC partners with ISOO in an Annual Meeting that brings together researchers, clinicians, and other professionals from around the world to share their knowledge and collaborate on the best new practices in supportive cancer care. See our Annual Meeting page for past meetings and announcements about our next Annual Meeting. 

The MASCC Journal - Supportive Care in Cancer

The official journal of MASCC is Supportive Care in Cancer. Here you can read about the latest advances in management of symptoms and side effects of cancer therapies, as well as numerous other aspects of supportive care for patients, their families, and caregivers. >> Supportive Care Journal

Our Guidelines and Tools

Through its Study Groups, MASCC has produced a wealth of guidelines and tools, including Mucositis and Antiemetic Guidelines, assessment tools, and apps. See our Practice Resources page for the latest workshops, books, and other supportive care links. >> Practice Resources

Our Study Groups and Research

Our 16 Study Groups are “the lifeblood of MASCC” and offer a way for MASCC members to participate in an international community of researchers and clinicians. Study Groups work together to conduct literature reviews, surveys, research, and practice guidelines. >> Study Groups

Education Resources and Pain Management Center

MASCC maintains an International Pain Management Center, which contains Guidelines and Position Statements about supportive cancer care, educational resources, such as lectures, courses, and internships, and a compendium of publications on pain management and palliative care.  >> Educational Resources and Pain Management Center

Donate to the MASCC Development Fund

Your donation to the MASCC Development Fund will contribute to the growth and expansion of MASCC’s programs and outreach. >> Donate Today!

Affiliations

UICC  MASCC is a proud member of Union for International Cancer Control, UICC