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MASCC Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group


Chair: Francisco Luis Pimentel, MD ( - Portugal
Vice-Chair: Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BN, RN, FACN ( - Australia

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


With the evolving successes in cancer diagnosis and treatment during the past few decades, it is increasingly important to optimize patient outcomes in terms of quality of life and survivorship. The MASCC Rehabilitation-Survivorship-Quality of Life Study Group represents clinicians and researchers dedicated to the following principles:

  • Cancer rehabilitation is a process that helps people with cancer maintain optimal physical, social, psychological, and vocational functioning within the limits imposed by the disease and its treatment.
  • Cancer rehabilitation requires a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach that addresses potential rehabilitation needs from time of the cancer diagnosis onward.
  • Standardized assessment tools should be clinically relevant and of minimal burden to patients and clinicians.

Goals and treatment plans developed jointly by the patient, support network, and rehabilitation team must be individualized to meet unique and specific needs.


The MASCC Rehabilitation-Survivorship-Quality of Life Study Group aims to meet the following objectives:

  • To foster collaborative initiatives in oncology rehabilitation and survivorship, including clinical, educational and research projects
  • To Identify specific educational resources for the Resource and New Book sections of the MASCC website
  • To conduct a needs assessment survey regarding deficits in clinician knowledge and understanding of principles of cancer rehabilitation and survivorship
  • To develop a needs assessment through diverse patient advocacy groups for select patient populations, including pediatric oncology
  • To create a more detailed database of current members of this Study Group.

2017 Workshop

2017 Annual Meeting Workshop, June 22, Washington, DC
Circadian Rhythms and Chronobiology in Cancer: Relationship to Cancer-related Fatigue and Other Toxicities
One of the most difficult challenges faced by both clinicians and researchers is that of understanding the mechanisms involved in the etiology of toxicities related to cancer and its treatment. A primary example of such a toxicity is fatigue. However, the task is particularly challenging when severe toxicities coexist and treatment options are not well defined. The goal of this workshop is to educate clinicians and researchers about potential mechanisms of toxicity, especially those that can give rise to multiple adverse events. Circadian phenomena have strong and direct implications for fatigue, sleep problems, delirium, pain, and other toxicities. A better understanding of the relationships involved will help clinicians choose treatments and will help researchers develop new and maximally effective therapies. 

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Fatigue; Palliative Care; Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life.
Workshop Chairs: Oxana Palesh and Diwakar Balachandran

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