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Special Announcement: MASCC/ISOO 2021 Annual Meeting Moves to a Virtual Experience

2021    The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to postpone the MASCC/ISOO 2020 Annual Meeting, and it has forced us to convert the 2021 Annual Meeting into a totally virtual event. The dates of the Annual meeting are unchanged (June 24-26, 2021), and each day will have a “live” program timed to specific time zones (i.e., Day 1 – British Summer Time; Day 2 – Eastern Daylight Time; Day 3 – Australian Central Standard Time). In addition, there will also be many more pre-recorded sessions (e.g., “parallel sessions”, “meet the expert sessions”), and all of the live / pre-recorded sessions will be accessible during and after the Annual Meeting. The e-poster sessions will now be e-video sessions (see below). Obviously, the social events will now be virtual, but we hope just as entertaining as in previous years!

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Member Spotlight: 2020 Young Investigator Award - Emily Lam

2021    Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Young Investigators Award (YIA).  Every year, MASCC presents the YIA to recognize outstanding new-to-the-field investigators’ research accomplishments. The award is open to all junior investigators who have submitted an abstract to an upcoming MASCC annual meeting. YIAs are awarded to the first authors of the five abstracts with the highest scores. These abstracts are chosen from the top 10 percent of all abstracts submitted to the annual meeting.  For more information on recent award recipients, click here

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Member Spotlight: 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships Winner - Vesile Yildiz Kabak

2021    Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships.  MASCC’s annual travel scholarships are part of our organization’s commitment to increasing the attendance of oncology healthcare professionals from low-income countries at our annual meetings. MASCC provides travel scholarships for this purpose in cases where attendance would not be possible without financial assistance. For more information on recent award recipients, click here.

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MASCC Offers a Free New Course for Members: A Guide to Breakthrough Cancer Pain (BTcP)

2021    Breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is a common phenomenon, with a reported overall prevalence of 60 percent in patients with cancer pain. It has a significant impact on quality of life, which relates not only to the pain itself, but also to the associated physical, psychological, and social problems. Equally, it has a significant impact on health systems (due to the increased use of healthcare resources). BTcP is often undiagnosed (or misdiagnosed), and, even if correctly diagnosed, is managed with suboptimal interventions (e.g., oral opioids).

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Video Presentations from 2020 OncoAlert Colloquium Available Online

2021    The recent first annual OncoAlert Colloquium featured the biggest findings and changes in clinical practice in 2020. Video presentations from the 5-day event are now available online and include the following sessions:

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Editor’s Pick: Dealing with the lack of evidence to treat depression in older patients with cancer: French Societies of Geriatric Oncology (SOFOG) and PsychoOncology (SFFPO) position paper based on a systematic review

2021    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.

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MASCC Society News December 2020

2020    In the December issue of the Society News we feature another Young Investigator Award winner, Amber Kleckner, and another Travel Award winner, Samya Dutta;  MASCC announces a call for members to Join MASCC’s Newly Established Consumer (Patient Advocate) Engagement Committee; MASCC invites members to become reviewers for MASCC’s journal, Supportive Care in Cancer; we present highlights and links to content from the 2020 Best of MASCC held in Moscow this year; recently published articles from members of the Hemostasis Study Group; this month’s “Editor’s Pick” article; and new positions and fellowships from our job listings webpages.

Member Spotlight: 2020 Young Investigator Award - Amber Kleckner

2020    Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Young Investigators Award (YIA).  Every year, MASCC presents the YIA to recognize outstanding new-to-the-field investigators’ research accomplishments. The award is open to all junior investigators who have submitted an abstract to an upcoming MASCC annual meeting. YIAs are awarded to the first authors of the five abstracts with the highest scores. These abstracts are chosen from the top 10 percent of all abstracts submitted to the annual meeting.  For more information on recent award recipients, click here

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Member Spotlight: 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships Winner - Samya Dutta

2020    Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships.  MASCC’s annual travel scholarships are part of our organization’s commitment to increasing the attendance of oncology healthcare professionals from low-income countries at our annual meetings. MASCC provides travel scholarships for this purpose in cases where attendance would not be possible without financial assistance. For more information on recent award recipients, click here.

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Call for members to Join MASCC’s Newly Established Consumer (Patient Advocate) Engagement Committee

2020    MASCC announces the launch of its newly formed Consumer Engagement Committee, chaired by long standing MASCC member and consumer engagement champion, Anna Boltong, PhD. Reporting to the MASCC Board, the committee was established to build a framework for meaningful consumer engagement that aligns with MASCC’s current and future strategies. The ethos of the committee is to provide a platform through which the lived experience of cancer can be leveraged to inform best practice activity and to optimize benefits to current and future MASCC community members. 

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Become a reviewer for the journal, Supportive Care in Cancer

2020     MASCC/ISOO members are invited to assist our journal’s editorial board by reviewing articles in their areas of expertise.  Log in to sign up through the “Become a Reviewer” form. You will be able to choose among 28 categories. Please select from this list the papers you feel you would be interested in reviewing. To log in and sign up, click here

2020 Best of MASCC Russia

2020    The Russian Society of Supportive Care in Oncology (RASSC) recently held the Best of MASCC on October 9.  The conference, based in Moscow, was held online, and welcomed more than 500 attendees.  The international virtual event focused on issues in supportive cancer care including anemia, cardiotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, nutritional support, psychological and psychiatric care, preservation of fertility in young patients, and concomitant therapy in the era of COVID-19.

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Editor’s Pick: Falls in older adults with cancer: an updated systematic review of prevalence, injurious falls, and impact on cancer treatment

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.

This month we feature “Falls in older adults with cancer: an updated systematic review of prevalence, injurious falls, and impact on cancer treatment.” From the Abstract: This update of our 2016 systematic review answers the following questions: (1) How often do older adults with cancer fall? (2) What are the predictors for falls? (3) What are the rates and predictors of injurious falls? (4) What are the circumstances and outcomes of falls? (5) How do falls in older patients affect subsequent cancer treatment? and a new research question, (6) Which fall reduction interventions are efficacious in this population?

Hemostasis Study Group Shares Recent Publications

2020    The Hemostasis Study Group (HSG) presents a list of its most recent publications (list updated November 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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MASCC Career Opportunities and Fellowship Listings

2020    MASCC Career Opportunities and Fellowship Listings: Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity, Palliative Medicine Physician

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MASCC Society News November 2020

2020    In the November issue of the Society News we feature: the November Editor’s Pick: “Nutrition interventions to improve the appetite of adults undergoing cancer treatment: a systematic review”; a spotlight one of MASCC’s 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships recipients - Marina Čalamać; a spotlight on one of our 2020 Young Investigator Award winners - Arjun Gupta; details and registration information on the 10th annual TAO Cancer Toxicity Management, which is being held virtually this year, Dec. 3-4; 5; highlights of MASCC Member Presentations from the 2020 ESMO and EONS Congress; details from the IASCC 2nd Annual Meeting Videos and Presentations, all of which is available online; details the American Dental Association’s recent recognition of MASCC Past-President Rajesh Lalla; details of the European Cancer Organisation’s launch of the European Code of Cancer Practice (The Code), a patient-centered initiative which identifies 10 key patient rights that underpin the delivery of good clinical cancer practice; a new monthly section, “Did You Know,” which will feature interesting bits of information from the histories of the healthcare professions; we feature recent survey and research results: “Nursing and Allied Health Research Priorities in the Care of Patients With Thoracic Malignancies: An International Cross-Sectional Survey,”; we share free virtual events in November as part of the World Health Organization’s designation of 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife; check out new job and fellowship listings.

Editor’s Pick: Nutrition interventions to improve the appetite of adults undergoing cancer treatment: a systematic review

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.

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Member Spotlight: 2020 Young Investigator Award - Arjun Gupta

2020    Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Young Investigators Award (YIA).  Every year, MASCC presents the YIA to recognize outstanding new-to-the-field investigators’ research accomplishments. The award is open to all junior investigators who have submitted an abstract to an upcoming MASCC annual meeting. YIAs are awarded to the first authors of the five abstracts with the highest scores. These abstracts are chosen from the top 10 percent of all abstracts submitted to the annual meeting.  For more information on how to apply for the YIA and recent award recipients, click here

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Member Spotlight: 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships Winner - Marina Čalamać

2020    Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships.  MASCC’s annual travel scholarships are part of our organization’s commitment to increasing the attendance of oncology healthcare professionals from low-income countries at our annual meetings. MASCC provides travel scholarships for this purpose in cases where attendance would not be possible without financial assistance. For more information on applying and recent recipients, click here.

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10th Annual TAO Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting

2020    The 10th annual TAO Cancer Toxicity Management (CTM) meeting will be held December 3-4, 2020.  The meeting, based in Paris, France, will be held virtually and focus on current events, with two sessions on “Cancer and COVID-19.” Sessions will address prehabilitation and rehabilitation. A significant place will be given to international experiences, with a  focus on pain, genetics, and the microbiome.  

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