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New MASCC Study Group Coordinator and Manager of Sponsor Relationships, Leslie Johnson
Leslie Johnson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is MASCC’s new Study Group Coordinator and Manager of Sponsor Relationships, replacing Don Gubitosa, who has resigned. Leslie assumes her new positions effective December 18, 2017.  >> Read more

Nominations open for MASCC’s Distinguished Service Award - Deadline April 1

Sharing Success in Supportive Care in Cancer
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Annual Meeting abstracts available via SpringerLink: Support Care Cancer (2017) 25 (Suppl 2):S21–S266

New Oral Care Education Materials
Members of the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) and MASCC’s Oral Care Study Group have created four multilingual Fact Sheets and an Oral and Nutritional Care Education Video Storyboard that provide instructions for patients undergoing chemotherapy or head-and-neck radiation therapy. These materials provide instructions on caring for the mouth during active chemotherapy, and on self-care before, during, and after head-and-neck radiation. The Fact Sheets, based on systematic reviews, guidelines, and up-to-date, evidenced-based recommendations, are available in 18 languages.

melissa chinNew MASCC Executive Director, Melissa Chin
Melissa Chin, of Toronto, Canada, is MASCC’s new Executive Director.  Melissa will assume the office of Executive Director on March 28, 2017.. >> Read more

icon New Psychosocial Subgroup on Cross-Cultural Issues
The Psychosocial Study Group has announced the formation of a new Subgroup, which will focus on cross-cultural issues in cancer supportive care. Study Group members Sandra Michiels and Patrick Crombez will head this new initiative. >> Read more

2016 MASCC/ESMO Antiemetics Guideline Update Available
The new MASCC/ESMO Guideline appears in a supplement to the September 2016 issue of Annals of Oncology* and is available for free download. The guideline represents an update of the 2010 version and is based on the 2015 Copenhagen Consensus Conference with respect to the classification of the emetogenic potential of antineoplastic agents. The update adds 42 new drugs, many of which are orally administered. >> Read more

icon Patient Education Materials

The Mucositis Study Group has created a patient-friendly version of the clinical practice guidelines for the management of oral mucositis associated with different types of cancer treatment. Three information sheets are available for healthcare providers to download and distribute to patients.  >> Click here to download the Mucositis Management Information Sheets. 


Recent Supportive Care Meetings

Supportive Care for Cancer Patients: First Regional Meeting for Eastern Europe and the Balkan Region
The First Regional Educational Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer Patients for Eastern Europe and the Balkan Region was held in Belgrade, Serbia, December 2-3, 2016. The meeting promoted supportive care as an integral part of comprehensive cancer care. Speakers presented supportive care guidelines and discussed their implementation in clinical practice. Topics also covered prevention and management of the major adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. The meeting was initiated by Snežana Bošnjak, Research Professor and Clinical Pharmacologist in the Supportive Oncology Service at the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia in Belgrade, and was held under the auspices of MASCC and the European School of Oncology (ESO), with the support of the Serbian Society of Medical Oncology (UMOS) and the European Society of Gynecological Oncology (ESGO). Meeting Co-Chairs were Matti Aapro, who represented both MASCC and ESO, and Dorothy Keefe, who represented MASCC. Besides Matti, Snežana, and Dorothy, the speakers included several other MASCC members: Sam Ahmedzai, Jeffrey Crawford, Petra Feyer, Richard Gralla, Jørn Herrstedt, Carla Ripamonti, Marija Ristic, and Fausto Roila. The meeting helped to lay the foundation for many productive future collaborations in supportive care education and research. Plans are underway for a Second Regional Meeting for Eastern Europe and the Balkan Region next year. (The February issue of the MASCC Society News contains a more detailed report of the meeting.) 

Second Annual Guildford Supportive Care in Cancer Course
The 2nd Guildford Supportive Care in Cancer Course was held November 9-10, 2016. Hosted by the Royal College of Physicians, London, the course was organized by Andrew Davies and the Department of Supportive & Palliative Care at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (incorporating St. Luke’s Cancer Centre). The focus of this year’s course was metastatic bone disease and strategies for preventing and managing its development and progression. Other topics this year included symptom assessment, anemia, neutropenia, lymphedema, skin problems, psychological issues, diet, sleep, exercise, and complementary therapies. Speakers included specialists in clinical oncology, medical oncology, hemato-oncology, palliative medicine, orthopedic surgery, and allied health professionals. Plans are underway to hold a third course in 2017.

ASCO Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium
The 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium took place September 10-11 in San Francisco, California. This year’s theme was “Support of the Caregiver.” Main topics included immunotherapy, early palliative and supportive care, symptom management in radiotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients, global access to opioid medications, new technologies in patient support, stress management in oncology care, and chemotherapy compliance. Program faculty included MASCC members Eduardo Bruera, Petra Feyer, Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, Charles Loprinzi, Eric Roeland, Thomas Smith, Stephen T. Sonis, Declan Walsh, and David Warr. The meeting featured six networking roundtable discussions, one of which was on oral oncology and was chaired by Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis (ISOO President and Chair of the MASCC Bone Study Group). Discussion highlighted the contribution of oral supportive care in all phases of cancer patient care. The Symposium Steering Committee included Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis and the Program Committee included MASCC members Eduardo Bruera, Petra Feyer, Charles Loprinzi, Thomas Smith, and David Warr. Ian Olver was a member of the News Planning Team. 

For the 2017 meeting, ASCO has changed the Symposium name to include “Supportive Care!” The 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium will be held October 27-28 in San Diego, California.

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