MASCC Psychosocial Study Group
Chair: Antonella Surbone, MD, PhD, FACP - USA
Co-chair: Lea Baider, PhD - Israel
Co-chair: Lois M. Ramondetta, MD - USA
Study Group Minutes
2012 Minutes - NYC, New York
Guidelines & Assessment Tools
- MASCC Psychosocial Study Group review of the Sixth Vital Sign. The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) has developed the 6th Vital Sign and offers to its Members and all oncology professionals the possibility to endorse its use online through its site www.ipos.org. On behalf of MASCC Psychosocial Study Group, Prof. Lea Baider, Study Group co-Chair and IPOS Past President, has reviewed the history, meaning and value of the 6th Vital Sign and of the distress thermometer for all our Members. History, meaning and evaluation of the Sixth Vital Sign ( word, 192KB) For those interested in endorsing online the 6th Vital Sign, please visit the International Psycho-Oncology Society website at IPOS at http://www.ipos-society.org
- MASCC Psycho-Social Study Group - 2011 Position statement and Guidelines
The Psychosocial Oncology Study group was set up at the 14th Annual MASCC Symposium in Boston in response to the huge interest from MASCC members in the psychosocial care aspects of cancer patients. The study group planned it's first working meeting at the 15th Annual Symposium in Berlin in 2003.
Please view our 2011 Position statement and Guidelines ( word, 36KB)
Antonella Surbone, Study Group Chair
The initial objectives of the three co-chairs of the group, who met in Boston, were to: Identify members with a special interest in psychosocial oncology with a view to involvement in the study group; Support MASCC in meeting the needs of its membership in respect of psychosocial oncology issues; Contribute to the discussion about program content and format for the Annual Symposia to ensure the continued adequate and high quality psychosocial oncology content; Canvas opinion from the MASCC membership who have special interest in psychosocial oncology as to what the study group might aim to achieve, e.g. specific projects/research ideas.
On behalf of MASCC Psycho-Social Study Group, we wish to bring to the attention of every MASCC Member the position statement on psychosocial services for patients with cancer recently issued by the Oncology Nursing Society. The document stresses how a variety of psychosocial issues experienced by cancer patients remain unmet, and ultimately lead to reduced patients' quality of life. The ONS position statement addresses the specific steps that nurses could take toward a proactive approach in this area. Their goal, in fact, is not only to assess patients' psycho-social needs, but also to link cancer patients to available resources. For those interested in the ONS document, please visit http://www.ons.org/publications/positions/Psychosocial.shtml
MASCC Psycho-Social Study Group has also prepared a 2011 Position statement and Guidelines ( word, 36KB).
Psycho-oncology: A Mental Health Priority for Patients, Families ( PDF, 52KB)
By Virginia Anderson, ASCO writer on Antonella Surbone, MASCC member.
Originally published in ASCO Connection,reprinted with permission. To comment on this article, please visit ASCOConnection.org.
Psychosocial care for patients and their families is integral to supportive care in cancer: MASCC position statement ( PDF, 168KB)
Antonella Surbone, Lea Baider, Tammy S. Weitzman, Mary Jacqueline Brames, Cynthia N. Rittenberg, Judith Johnson - Supportive Care Cancer (2010) 18:255–263
CancerCare for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs - Report Brief 2007
*Attention* On behalf of MASCC Psycho-Social Study Group, we wish to bring to the attention of every MASCC Member this extremely important document issued by the IOM. As our cancer patients face a host of issues and obstacles that can negatively interfere with their treatment and with the success and quality of their care, it is imperative that we all recognize, study and address our patients' psychosocial concerns and needs.