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MASCC and Its Mission

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) is an international multidisciplinary organization dedicated to research, practice, 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 from 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, and others interested in supportive care. MASCC and its members believe that supportive care makes excellent cancer care possible. 

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. >> Annual Meeting 2016

What is Supportive Care?

Supportive care in cancer is the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment across the cancer continuum. This includes management of physical and psychological symptoms and side effects from diagnosis through treatment to post-treatment care. It includes support for patients, as well as their families and caregivers. Supportive care aims to improve care, prevent secondary cancer, prolong survivorship, and maximize quality of life. Learn more here at MASCC about the many ways that supportive care contributes to quality of care and quality of life. 

Participate in Study Groups

MASCC members participate in one or more Study Groups, each focused on a different aspect of supportive care. Study Groups work on research and educational projects, develop practice guidelines, correspond throughout the year, and hold a business meeting at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting.

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