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MASCC Education Study Group


Chair: Paz Fernández-Ortega, RN, MSc, PhD ( - Spain
Vice-Chair: Manon Lemonde, PhD, RN ( Canada
Vice-Chair: Judy Phillips, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN ( - USA

Study Group Minutes
2016 Minutes alt - Annual Meeting - Adelaide, Australia

Mission and Goals

The goal of the Patient Education Study Group is to ensure that patient education is an integral part of all aspects of supportive cancer care. A needs assessment survey of MASCC members has provided useful information for future planning. 

Recent Study Group activities include the development and pilot of a patient guide containing questions that patients might want to ask about their disease and treatment. The Study Group is also collaborating with the Mucositis Study Group to develop a patient education brochure and test its effectiveness in several languages and cultural settings. The Study Group has discussed the need to evaluate the readability of existing patient education materials and how best to respond to members who have indicated a lack of patient education materials in their own countries and languages. 

Guidelines Guidelines & Assessment Tools

2017 Workshops 

2017 Annual Meeting Workshop, June 22, Washington, DC
Update on Venous Thromboembolism: Approach and Challenges
This workshop will bring together a multinational group of experts to review current evidence and needed knowledge in the area of cancer-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE). It will include discussions of the clinical challenges as well as promote the education of patients, providers, and family members. Highlights include VTE prevention in ambulatory cancer patients, management of long-term treatment, and new oral anticoagulants. The workshop will focus on best practices, as illustrated by case studies, and will include discussion and illustration of various approaches to educating and engaging patients in the treatment process. The workshop will also include a patient presenter, who will speak to the group about the challenges of VTE and quality of life.

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Education; Hemostasis.
Workshop Chairs: Carme Font, Carmen Escalante, Tom Butler, Paz Fernández-Ortega

2017 Annual Meeting Workshop, June 22, Washington, DC
Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care:  Why? What? Who? When? How?
This workshop will explore the integration of oncology and palliative care through the combination of complex case studies, panel discussion, and active audience participation. We will review the conceptual models related to such integration, and participants will learn how such integration is implemented at academic cancer centers, as well as in community clinics. We will discuss the timing of referrals to palliative care specialists and ways to discuss such referrals with patients and their families. The differences between referrals for pediatric and adult patients will also be considered. 

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Education, Palliative Care; Pediatrics.
Workshop Chair: David Hui

Recent Member Publications

Left behind: cancer disparities in the developed world. Dixit N, Crawford GB, Lemonde M, Rittenberg CN, Fernández-Ortega P. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Aug;24(8):3261-4.

Perceived roles of oncology nursing. Lemonde M, Payman N. Can Oncol Nurs J. 2015 Fall;25(4):422-42. English, French.

Prospective roles for Canadian oncology nurses in breast cancer rapid diagnostic clinics. Zanchetta MS, Maheu C, Baku L, Wedderburn PJ, Lemonde M. Can Oncol Nurs J. 2015 Spring;25(2):144-56. English, French.

Resources - An ONS website designed for patients and caregivers. Provides information on managing common symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment.

Cancer.Net — Information and resources for people living with cancer and those who care for and about them. From the American Society of Clinical Oncology with support from the Conquer Cancer Foundation.

CancerCare® — Dedicated to helping people face the many challenges of a cancer diagnosis through counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance. CancerCare®, a cancer counseling and support organization, provides easy-to-read booklets and fact sheets on cancer-related topics (within the US and Canada). CancerCare also conducts Connect Education Workshops, in which leading experts in oncology provide up-to-date information on cancer-related topics. The workshops are recorded and available for online listening or downloading in mp3 format.

Please contact the Study Group Chairs above with your questions.
MASCC Study Group Coordinator, Don Gubitosa