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National Associations for Supportive Care in Cancer: A MASCC Initiative

In the interest of promoting the creation of MASCC-affiliated national associations for supportive care in cancer, an organizational meeting was held at the recent ESMO Asia Congress in Singapore.1

Chaired by MASCC Past-Presidents Matti Aapro, MD, and Dorothy Keefe, MD, the meeting was convened to better understand the needs of the Asia-Pacific region and to establish relationships with colleagues interested in supportive care. Another goal of the meeting was to ascertain the extent to which the creation of new societies and the participation of existing ones could enhance the 2021 JASCC/MASCC meeting, to be held in Yokohama, Japan. Interested regions include China, Korea, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Matti Aapro and Dorothy Keefe presented a suggested model for national-level societies interested in affiliating with MASCC and discussed ways in which existing societies might incorporate activities to promote supportive care in cancer. This was followed by a roundtable discussion on supportive care activities in the represented countries and how existing and new societies could contribute to the 2021 JASCC/MASCC meeting. Attendees reviewed current supportive and palliative care initiatives and challenges in their respective countries and expressed interest in further exploring this MASCC initiative.

A second meeting will be organized for interested parties attending the MASCC/ISOO meeting in San Francisco in June 2019, with a third meeting to be held at ESMO Asia in November 2019. In the meantime, individuals interested in creating a national-level association of supportive care in cancer should contact MASCC Executive Director Melissa Chin to see how MASCC could help with such initiatives.

1ESMO Asia 2018 Congress, November 23-25, 2018, Singapore. This conference was designed to keep oncology professionals in the Asia-Pacific region up to date with the fast pace of oncology science and education and to provide important networking opportunities for international peers.