MASCC Society News August 2020

2020    Our August edition of the Society News features a definitive paper that marks MASCC’s 30th anniversary and its focus on supportive care in cancer. A group of longstanding MASCC members – Ian Olver, Dorothy Keefe, Jørn Herrstedt, David Warr, Fausto Roila, and Carla Ripamonti – took on this challenge and published “Supportive care in cancer – a MASCC perspective” in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer; MASCC is proud to announce our 2020 Young Investigator and Travel Scholarship awards; we invited members to vote for their favorite new MASCC logo; the Hemostasis Study Group shares its most recent publications; we share a link to access our free webinar, “Supportive care in cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic”;  we share two recent articles in the MASCC journal, Supportive Care in Cancer,  an “Editor’s Pick” on supportive care for cancer and COVID-19 as well as an article on resistance exercise and breast cancer; an affiliate from Portugal shares research on physical exercise and cancer patients.

The Multinational Association of Supportive Cancer Care (MASCC) has published “Supportive care in cancer – a MASCC perspective”

2020    For some years the MASCC Board has recognized the need for a definitive paper that focuses on supportive care in cancer. A group of longstanding MASCC members – Ian Olver, Dorothy Keefe, Jørn Herrstedt, David Warr, Fausto Roila, and Carla Ripamonti – took on this challenge and published “Supportive care in cancer – a MASCC perspective” in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer. "This year sees the 30th anniversary of the formation of MASCC, which makes it timely to review the role of supportive care in oncology practice" says Andrew Davies, MASCC president. "The article highlights the importance of supportive care in facilitating optimal treatment, and equally in maintaining or improving quality of life."

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Congratulations to 2020 Young Investigators and Travel Scholarship Award Recipients

2020     Young Investigator Awards and Travel Scholarship Awards

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Members Invited to Vote for Their Favorite New MASCC Logo!

2020    MASCC is always working to make sure we maintain a brand that resonates with our members and keeps us current. As part of our continued efforts to connect with the supportive cancer care community, we are updating our association’s logo. The logo is featured on all of MASCC’s branding materials, including publications, web pages, conference materials, resources, etc.

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Hemostasis Study Group Shares Recent Publications

2020    The Hemostasis Study Group (HSG) presents a list of its most recent publications (list updated July 2020).  Click here for the full list.  The HSG keeps up with current guidelines regarding treating cancer patients with bleeding and clotting problems related to their disease; they evaluate current guidelines for merit and deficiencies in providing adequate treatment to cancer patients with coagulation problems; they promote multinational and multidisciplinary cooperative networks among those involved in the care of cancer patients with thrombotic and bleeding complications; and they focus on anticoagulation treatment and quality of life in cancer patients in different settings during the cancer journey.

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FREE Webinar, “Supportive care in cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Now Available

2020   MASCC recently offered a FREE webinar, “Supportive care in cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.” A panel of MASCC experts led a virtual discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and how healthcare professionals can support them during the pandemic. Topics included next steps after the crisis is resolved; precautions to take in the months ahead with a potential second wave; and impacts on oncology research including ongoing and planned clinical trials.  The speakers included MASCC members Speakers: Drs. Paolo Bossi, Florian Scotté, Breffni Hannon, Anant Ramaswamy; Moderator: Dr. Rajesh Lalla.   Click Here to view.

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Editor’s Pick: MASCC Members Publish “Uncertainty upon uncertainty: supportive care for cancer and Covid-19” in the MASCC Journal Supportive Care in Cancer

2020    Throughout the year, we will share articles from the MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer. The  “Editor’s Pick” section, chosen by the journal’s Editor-In-Chief, Dr. Fred Ashbury PhD, will cover a variety of topics to meet the many interests of our membership. 

MASCC members recently published the article “Uncertainty upon uncertainty: supportive care for cancer and COVID-19” in the MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer. The article addresses the significant negative impact of the current pandemic on the lives of people with cancer, including the struggle to apply data to real-world oncology practice, the heightened uncertainty of cancer patients over the risk of contracting the infection and not being able to receive the recommended cancer treatment, and the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the social support network of cancer patients. 

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Recent Edition of the MASCC Journal Supportive Care in Cancer Features “Resistance exercise and breast cancer–related lymphedema—a systematic review update and meta-analysis”

2020    The MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer recently featured a systematic review update and meta-analysis to analyze resistance exercise (RE) intervention trials in breast cancer survivors (BCS) regarding their effect on breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) status and upper and lower extremity strength.

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MASCC Affiliate AICSO Shares Recent Research on Physical Exercise and Cancer Patients

2020    MASCC Member Andreia Capela, MD, of Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia, Espinho Santa Iria de Azoia, Portugal, recently shared the research findings of her OncoMove team on the efficacy of a low-cost community-based supervised exercise program in early breast cancer survivors after primary treatment.  OncoMove is part of the of Association of Oncology Research and Support Care (AICSO), a MASCC affiliate.  AICSO is dedicated to the research, implementation and professional qualification on evidence-based supportive care in oncology.  To read more, click here

MASCC Society News July 2020

2020    In the July edition of Society News, we welcome incoming MASCC President, Andrew Davies; MASCC announces new incoming executive and Study Group leadership; we share information on two papers recently published by several MASCC members; we share the story of one MASCC member who made a career transition during the time of COVID-19; we share information on an upcoming survey on patient-related outcomes; we share resources for COVID-19 related information; and we share a link to a recently offered FREE webinar, “Supportive Care in Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Introducing MASCC’S New President, Andrew Davies, and recently appointed executive leaders

2020    Andrew Davies, MB BS, MSc, MD, FRCP, took office as MASCC's new President in June, succeeding Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD, who has served as President since June 2018. Andrew is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (St. Luke’s Cancer Centre) in Guildford in the United Kingdom. He is a longstanding member of MASCC and has served as a Board Member, the Chair of the Palliative Care study group, and Chair of the Annual Meeting in San Francisco (2019) and Seville (2020/2021).

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Supportive Cancer Care and COVID-19: A Career Transition During a Worldwide Crisis

2020    The health care profession has experienced major impacts from COVID-19.   As the pandemic continues, MASCC will share our members’ professional experiences with our community.  If you are interested and able to share your professional experiences, advice and advancements during this time of international crisis, we will find a convenient time in your schedule for a brief 30-minute interview. Please contact Angela Perez today at [email protected].

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PARTICIPATE IN OUR SURVEY! Practitioners’ Views on Patient-Reported Outcomes

2020    MASCC’s Survivorship Study Group invites healthcare professionals involved in the care of cancer patients to share their experiences and perceptions regarding patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in a 10-minute online survey. The Study Group is investigating oncology practitioners' current strategies and experiences in applying PROs in clinical practice, performance measurement, and research. The aims are (1) to explore practitioners’ experiences and perceptions on the use of PROs in routine clinical care at the patient level and (2) to assess the value of PROs as a performance or quality-of-care indicator at the system level. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards of Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

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FREE webinar, “Supportive care in cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Now Available

2020    On June 25, 2020, MASCC offered a FREE webinar, “Supportive care in cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.” A panel of MASCC experts led a virtual discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and how healthcare professionals can support them during the pandemic. Topics included next steps after the crisis is resolved; precautions to take in the months ahead with a potential second wave; and impacts on oncology research including ongoing and planned clinical trials.  The speakers included MASCC members Speakers: Drs. Paolo Bossi, Florian Scotté, Breffni Hannon, Anant Ramaswamy; Moderator: Dr. Rajesh Lalla. Click Here to view.

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Study Group Leadership for 2020/2022

2020    MASCC announces the Study Group Leadership changes for 2020/2022. For the full roster of study group leaders, visit individual study groups on the MASCC website.  Be sure to stay in touch with your Study Groups and get involved in their projects. It's the best way to take full advantage of your MASCC membership and work with like-minded colleagues around the world. Contact Study Group Coordinator Leslie Johnson for more information.

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Recent Articles by MASCC members in Oral Diseases: An Update by Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis

2020    For the benefit MASCC members, Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, MSc, DrDent, has shared updates on the publication of two recent articles in Oral Diseases. The first is“Alveolar bone histological necrosis observed prior to extractions in patients, who received bone-targeting agents,” which includes MASCC member study participants Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, Erofili Papadopoulou, Emmanouil Vardas, Maria Kouri, Dimitra Galiti, and Carla Ripamonti.

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Supportive Care in Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020    RESERVE YOUR PLACE  -  MASCC is offering a FREE webinar, “Supportive care in cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.” A panel of MASCC experts will lead a virtual discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and how healthcare professionals can support them during the pandemic. Topics will include next steps after the crisis is resolved; precautions to take in the months ahead with a potential second wave; and impacts on oncology research including ongoing and planned clinical trials.

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Survey Participants Wanted: Practitioners' Views on PROs

2020   DEADLINE EXTENDED: MASCC’s Survivorship Study Group invites healthcare professionals involved in the care of cancer patients to share their experiences and perceptions regarding patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in a 10-minute online survey. The Study Group is investigating oncology practitioners' current strategies and experiences in applying PROs in clinical practice, performance measurement, and research. The aims are (1) to explore practitioners’ experiences and perceptions on the use of PROs in routine clinical care at the patient level and (2) to assess the value of PROs as a performance or quality-of-care indicator at the system level. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards of Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

If you are interested in participating, please follow this link for more information and the online survey by July 31, 2020: Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Data Collection in Routine Care: An International Survey of Oncology Practitioners.

MASCC Society News June 2020

2020    In the June edition of Society News, MASCC President Raj Lalla reflects on his term as president; MASCC announces a record year in membership growth; this month, we share a recently published paper by members of the Survivorship Study Group on article cancer survivorship care during COVID-19; CancerCare provides free educational programs to help patients and their loved ones understand their diagnosis, treatment options, quality-of-life concerns, and other important topics; Stanford University offers a free online course: “Health After Cancer”; we discuss the unique challenges of providing oral supportive care during COVID-19; we also share information sources related to COVID-19.

CancerCare offers FREE Connect Education Workshops via phone or internet

2020    During the time of COVID-19 and worldwide quarantines, both patients and healthcare professionals are actively searching out online webinars and workshops more than ever before.  CancerCare provides free educational programs to help patients and their loved ones understand their diagnosis, treatment options, quality-of-life concerns, and other important topics. The Connect Education Workshops (TEWs) are free one-hour conference calls presented by cancer experts from around the country. TEWs are an easy way to learn about cancer-related issues from the convenience of home.  Participants can listen in to live workshops by phone or via live streaming on the CancerCare website. Participation is free, and no phone charges apply. Pre-registration is required. Every year, CancerCare produces more than 50 workshops that reach more than 45,000 people.  To register or learn more about upcoming workshops, click here.