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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.

Stanford University Offers Free Online Course: “Health After Cancer”

2020    Stanford University’s Center for Continuing Medical Educations is offering a new online course, “Health After Cancer.” It features the basic principles of cancer survivorship to primary care physicians. Developed by a team of experts in caring for cancer survivors and narrated by a primary care physician, this course provides practical tips and tools that can be easily integrated into medical practice. The free course takes only 90 minutes to complete and is available for CME credit through the Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education.

During the course, participants learn that Amelia is a young adult survivor of childhood cancer, Seema is a postmenopausal woman with early stage breast cancer experiencing a gamut of distressing side-effects from antiestrogen therapy, Bob is a middle-aged man treated for HPV+ head and neck cancer struggling with symptoms many months after the end of his treatment, and Richard is a vibrant college professor who chose to be screened and treated for prostate cancer and was later faced with complications from his treatment.

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MASCC Announces A Record Year of Membership Growth

2020    MASCC is proud to announce a record growth in the number of memberships over the last one year. The number of MASCC members has grown from 1040 in May 2019 to 1581 in May 2020, an increase of over 50%. The increase in membership marks one of the top strategic priorities for outgoing MASCC President Rajesh Lalla and the Membership Committee. “Our success is due to strong partnerships with supportive cancer care leaders, advocates, and change-makers across the globe,” said Lalla.

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Supportive Cancer Care and COVID-19: a new journal article from the MASCC Survivorship Study Group

2020    This month, we are sharing a recent article published by MASCC members in the MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer. With the rapidly changing and evolving practice in managing COVID-19, MASCC would like to share information on our members’ professional experiences amongst 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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MASCC Society News May 2020

2020    In the May edition of Society News, MASCC President Raj Lalla reflects on pandemics throughout history and role of healthcare providers during these difficult times. MASCC announces the results for the 2020 – 2022 Board of Directors election. In order to aid our members during this difficult and uncertain time, MASCC shares links to COVID-19 related information. With the rapidly changing and evolving practice in managing COVID-19, MASCC launches a series of articles sharing members’ professional experiences during the current crisis. This month features Sameena Bilgi, MA, Head of Patient Guidance Program, from the Gunvati Jagan Nath Kapoor Foundation in Mumbai, India. Bogda Koczwara, soon-to-be chair of the Psychosocial Issues Study Group, focuses on the role of all MASCC study groups during the time of COVID-19. MASCC announces a search for the voluntary role of Annual Meeting Chair (AMC). MASCC shares follow-up information on the postponement of the 2020 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. MASCC shares membership discount information for the “Year of the Nurse” program. Stanford University shares a postdoc fellowship opportunity.

Information Sources Related to COVID-19

2020    To aid our members during this difficult and uncertain time, MASCC is sharing links to COVID-19 related information, including management of oncology patients. Our website will be updated as new resources are released or shared with us. The resources listed are intended to guide members to information most useful to them.
Categories include: groups with an oncology focus, general information for healthcare professionals, webinars and workshops, and scientific journals. 
Members are encouraged to share relevant links. Send suggestions to Angela Perez at [email protected].

MASCC Celebrates Year of the Nurse and Florence Nightingale’s Birthday, May 12, 1820: Offers 50% Discount to Nurse Members

2020    MASCC invites nurses in supportive cancer care to take advantage of a new initiative, the Year of the Nurse Membership Discount Program. MASCC is offering a 50% discount on membership dues to all nurses, both renewing members and nurses who become new members in 2020. This year-long program honors the World Health Organization’s (WHO) designation of 2020 as ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ in honor of Florence Nightingale and her 200th anniversary.  She was born May 12, 1820 and is and considered the founder of modern nursing.

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Post-doctoral Fellowship in Cancer Survivorship at Stanford University

2020    Stanford University is seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual with a doctoral degree in psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, social, educational), epidemiology, public health, medicine, nursing, or a related social science field with an interest in developing expertise in conducting cancer-related behavioral intervention trials. Individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience or training in behavioral sleep medicine is a plus, but is not essential.  A major focus of the lab is to understand the association between sleep and cancer treatment outcomes. The successful candidate will work as a member of a large, multi-site research team that will evaluate the impact of a behavioral intervention on sleep and be involved in studies evaluating neurocognitive impairment in cancer patients.

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MASCC Announces Results for 2020 – 2022 Board of Directors Election

2020    MASCC is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for the 2020 – 2022 MASCC Board. The following candidates were elected by the MASCC membership for a 2 year term, which will begin at an online Board meeting being planned for June 2020 (listed in alphabetical order):

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Call for Annual Meeting Chair

2020    Applications due May 12th, 2020.   MASCC is searching for an Annual Meeting Chair (AMC).  This exciting voluntary senior leadership position is your opportunity to network internationally and serve the greater cause of expanding supportive cancer care. The AMC has overall responsibility for working in cooperation with the Professional Conference Organizer (PCO) on all aspects of MASCC’s annual meeting organization.

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