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2016 MASCC/ESMO Antiemetics Guideline Update Available

The new MASCC/ESMO Guideline appears in a supplement to the September 2016 issue of Annals of Oncology* and is available for free download.

Psychosocial Subgroup Cross-Cultural Issues

The Psychosocial Study Group has announced the formation of a new Subgroup, which will focus on cross-cultural issues in cancer supportive care. Study Group members Sandra Michiels and Patrick Crombez will head this new initiative.

Tamura Appointed Board Directors

MASCC President Ian Olver is pleased to announce the appointment of Kazuo Tamura, MD, to MASCC’s Board of Directors. Kazuo Tamura is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Hematology and Infectious Diseases, at Fukuoka University Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, where he was Hospital Director from 2013 to 2015.

Mucositis Management Information Sheets

The Mucositis Study Group has created a patient-friendly version of the clinical practice guidelines for the management of oral mucositis associated with different types of cancer treatment. Three information sheets are available for healthcare providers to download and distribute to patients.  >> Click here to download the Mucositis Management Information Sheets.  

2016 MASCC DSA Matti Aapro

Matti Aapro, MD, was selected as the recipient of MASCC’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The Award recognizes meritorious achievement and outstanding contributions to the Society and its mission. Candidates are nominated by their peers in recognition of exemplary leadership and accomplishments in support of the Society’s mission. Currently Dean of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Institute, Genolier, Switzerland, Matti Aapro is widely recognized for his achievements in numerous areas of oncology and supportive cancer care. His expertise and energetic leadership have significantly furthered the aims of MASCC around the world.

Deborah Walker Honored by AACN

MASCC member Deborah K. Walker, DNP, was awarded a 2015 Award in Excellence and Innovation in Teaching from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for a project-based learning activity designed to increase nursing students’ awareness of cancer patients’ psychosocial needs  a project that helps bridge the gap between theory and practice. Deborah was subsequently awarded funding to lead a project team in the development of a Cancer Resource application. The application is now being used in Alabama (US) and Deborah hopes to expand its use in many other communities.

Cancer Resources App

The Cancer Resources App, developed by a project team led by MASCC member Deborah K. Walker, identifies local and national resources for cancer patients and caregivers, provides a summary of resources with contact information and maps, and includes an option to email selected resources. It is available form the App Store, Google Play, and  
For more information, contact Deborah Walker at [email protected].

New Antiemetic Guidelines

The MASCC/ESMO Antiemetic Guidelines have been updated as of March, 2016. The guidelines are based on the Copenhagen Consensus Conference on Antiemetic Therapy, June 2015, and have been endorsed by both MASCC and ESMO. This set of evidence-based guidelines represents several important changes and first-time inclusions.

FDA Approves Single-Dose Fosaprepitant

In February, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a single-use injection of fosaprepitant dimeglumine (Emend®) to prevent delayed nausea and vomiting in adults receiving an initial or repeat course of moderately emetogenic chemotherapy.

AgeCare - Improving the Care of Older Cancer Patients
AgeCare®, an Elite Research Center based in the Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark, is directed by Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSc. The center aims to optimize cancer therapy and supportive care for older cancer patients through a wide range of research projects.
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