MASCC News

Report: 3rd International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws (MRONJ)

2020    The 3rd International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws (MRONJ) was held on November 14-15, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark and was attended primarily by dentists and oral surgeons with an interest in MRONJ.

Chaired by Morten Schiødt, DDS, Dr.Odont (Denmark), the Symposium featured a faculty of 13 widely recognized European experts in MRONJ, who provided updates on recent research in the areas of classification, clinical manifestations, imaging, treatment, and prevention. The speakers included MASCC and ISOO members Bente Brokstad Herlofson, DDS, PhD (Norway) and Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, MSc, DrDent (Greece).

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World Cancer Day is February 4th

2020   World Cancer Day is a global observance that helps raise people’s awareness of cancer and how to prevent, detect, and treat it. This event is held each year on February 4 — a time when people, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations work together to help the general public learn more about the different types of cancer, as well as prevention, treatment, and support. The 2019-2021 campaign theme, “I Am and I Will,” stresses empowerment and personal commitment and is intended to inspire change and mobilize action long after the official day has passed. This is also a good time to help spread the word about the importance of supportive cancer care — for people living with cancer, for cancer survivors, for caregivers and for loved ones.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Oral Medicine - Atrium Health, Charlotte, North Carolina

2020    The Oral Medicine Research Laboratory at Atrium Health, North Carolina, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. This individual will conduct basic and clinical translational research for genomics related biomarker discovery for oral and systemic diseases, using molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, and microbiology investigation methodologies. Responsibilities include all aspects of research, including protocol and experimental design, study implementation in the laboratory, data analysis and interpretation, grant writing, abstract and manuscript preparation, and presentation at meetings. For further information about essential functions and responsibilities, see Postdoctoral and Research Fellowships. Or contact Dr. Jean-Luc Mougeot (Tel. 1-704-355-4279).

DSA Nominations Deadline - April 1, 2020

2020    The MASCC Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes meritorious achievement, exemplary leadership, and outstanding contributions to MASCC and its mission. Any MASCC member can nominate a candidate for this award. Nominees must be current members of MASCC in good standing and must have made a significant contribution to research, education, and/or clinical supportive care in cancer. The DSA is presented each year at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. The most recent recipients include Drs. Rachel Gibson (2019), Charles Loprinzi (2018), David Warr (2017), Matti Aapro (2016), Jørn Herrstedt (2015), Dorothy Keefe (2014), Declan Walsh (2013), and Paul Hesketh (2012). Nominations for the 2020 DSA are due by April 1st. See the award policy, selection process, and nomination form at MASCC Policies and Forms.

MASCC Society News January 2020

2020    In the January MASCC Society News 2020 issue, MASCC is pleased to announce the first four MASCC-Designated Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. We also announce four Pre-Conference Workshops scheduled for our 2020 Annual Meeting in Seville. MASCC President Dr. Rajesh Lalla discusses the status of some MASCC initiatives launched in 2019. We bring you a report of the inaugural Best of MASCC Singapore meeting (November 30), the first announcement of the Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer (August 21-22, 2020), and news of a funding opportunity for oncology nurses. As usual, we include several conference reminders and deadlines. We extend a warm welcome to new members who joined us in November. And we encourage every member to be a voice for MASCC!

Four Centers Named Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

2020    MASCC is pleased to announce the first four MASCC-Designated Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. MASCC’s certification program, initiated in February 2019, aims to promote and recognize oncology centers around the world that demonstrate best practices in supportive cancer care by successfully integrating oncology and supportive care, upholding high standards, and maintaining comprehensive supportive care services. MASCC’s certification program also aims both to educate and to encourage a supportive care focus among oncology healthcare professionals globally. Certification criteria include a supportive care focus in clinical activities, research, and educational initiatives, as well as adherence to international guidelines. Qualifying Centers may apply to MASCC’s Certification Program.

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New MASCC Subgroup on Digital Health

2020    Digital health — the use of technology to improve health and healthcare — is a simple concept, but a broad field that encompasses telehealth and telemedicine, health information technology, mobile health, and personalized medicine. One of its prime aims and benefits is the empowerment of all individuals to make better-informed health decisions by providing accurate and appropriate information as well as options for prevention, early diagnosis, and disease management outside traditional healthcare settings. Digital health products include mobile medical apps, decision support software, wearable devices, and more.

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2020 Pre-Conference Workshops Announced

2020    MASCC is pleased to announce four exciting Pre-Conference Workshops to be held at the 2020 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. All of the workshops will take place on Thursday, June 25, from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Workshop attendance requires registration in addition to registration for the Annual Meeting. Register at the official 2020 Annual Meeting website. Early-bird registration rates (for both the conference and the workshops) are in effect until March 10.

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Best of MASCC Singapore 2019

2020    The National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) hosted the inaugural Best of MASCC Singapore meeting on November 30, 2019, with the theme of “Supporting Cancer Patients and Survivors.” MASCC Board member Alex Chan, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS, BCOP, played a key role in organizing this event, the goal of which was to increase awareness of supportive and survivorship care and to advance supportive care practices in Singapore. Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BNurs, RN, MCNSA, Chair of MASCC’s Survivorship Study Group, delivered the Keynote Address on "Survivorship Issues across the Age Continuum.” Dr. Chan is Chair of Cancer Nursing, Queensland University of Technology and Princess Alexandra Hospital.

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Sapporo Conference 2020

2020    The Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer will be held on August 21-22, 2020 in Sapporo, Japan. The meeting will feature a symposium on opioids and cancer pain, as well as sessions focusing on the integration of oncology and palliative care, spiritual issues in palliative care, and psycho-oncology. Among the featured speakers are MASCC members Eduardo Bruera, MD, FAAHPM, Marvin Delgado-Guay, MD, Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, Thomas W. LeBlanc, MD, MA, MHS, FAAHPM, and Takao Takahashi, MD, PhD. The deadline for abstract submission is January 23, 2020. For more information, see Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer.

Funding Opportunity for Oncology Nurses

2020    Do you have a great idea to improve oncology care? Together with the Oncology Nursing Society, Johnson & Johnson announces the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Oncology. Nurses worldwide are invited to submit their innovative ideas aimed at improving oncology care — novel concepts, protocols, treatment approaches, and device ideas that may have the power to profoundly change human health. The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding and access to mentoring and coaching from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to help bring their ideas to life.

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Call for volunteers! Working Group on MASCC App

2020    MASCC is considering the development of an app to allow healthcare professionals to quickly search for guidelines and expert opinions on managing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments. We would like to put together a MASCC Working Group to explore the possibility of developing such an app and provide input on desirable features. The objective is an easily searchable resource that can be used in the clinic or at the bedside to access current management practices in supportive oncology at the point of care. If you are interested, contact Melissa at [email protected].

Farewell to Toni Clark

2020    MASCC is sad to announce that Toni Clark, MASCC Web and Society News Editor, will be retiring.  We thank her for her many contributions.  Her MASCC family sends wishes for much good fortune, safe travels and the best of luck.

A Personal Note on My Retirement

I will be retiring from MASCC and concluding my medical writing career at the end of January but will be on hand for a few weeks to help with the transition to our new Communications Manager. For those who don’t know me well, I’ve had a long career as a medical writer and editor before joining the MASCC team in September 2014 — first in academic research centers and later in private industry at companies that produced diagnostic and management decision-making software. While both settings afforded numerous challenges, opportunities, and great personal satisfaction, MASCC has been the best fit for me — the most congenial atmosphere and the most rewarding work. I’m really happy that the conclusion of my professional work-life has been so gratifying.



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MASCC Society News December 2019

2019    In the December MASCC Society News 2019 issue, MASCC President Dr. Rajesh Lalla announces MASCC’s newest affiliate, the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC). We congratulate Karen Mustian, PhD, MS, MPH, ACSM, FSBM, on having received the 2019 Debra Sivesind Career Award for her contributions to supportive cancer care. We have reports on recent supportive care meetings: the 2019 JASCC meeting in Aomori, Japan; the 2019 Best of MASCC India meeting in Mumbai; and the Third International Symposium held by the Russian Society of Supportive Care in Oncology, held in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation. We bring you news of a cross-Canada initiative devoted to the management of cancer pain. In this issue, we also continue our exploration of MASCC and Social Media with “Part II: MASCC’s Social Media Strategy.” Also, please note below the approaching deadline for nominations to MASCC’s Board of Directors!

Karen Mustian Receives the 2019 Debra Sivesind Career Award

2019    Karen Mustian, PhD, MS, MPH, ACSM, FSBM, received this year’s Debra Sivesind Career Award at the 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, held October 18-19, 2019 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The Debra Sivesind Career Award recognizes outstanding contributions to palliative care, and Dr. Mustian was recognized for her numerous contributions to symptom management in cancer patients and survivors. Eduardo Bruera, MD, introduced the Award and Dr. Mustian delivered the Award Lecture, “Treatment of Cancer-Related Fatigue in Advanced Patients: What Can We Do Now?”

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MASCC’s Newest Affiliate: Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC)

2019    In November 2019, the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC) became MASCC’s newest affiliate. This affiliation allows for joint membership in both organizations with all membership benefits. MASCC’s affiliate program was designed to strengthen relationships with national associations of supportive care in cancer around the world. Partnering with other organizations helps to promote supportive care at the local level with special attention to each nation’s particular needs and resources, as well as economic and cultural issues. The aim is to create a global network of supportive care organizations that allows for international collaboration, as well as enhancing the experiences of cancer patients worldwide.

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2019 Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC), September 2019, Aomori, Japan

2019    2019 Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC), September 2019, Aomori, Japan
The 4th Annual Meeting of JASCC was held on September 6th and 7th in Aomori, Japan, and was attended by more than 1,000 delegates, including medical and surgical oncologists, radiologists, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurses, patients, and industry representatives. The meeting was preceded by a presentation for Board members and Councillors on the Medical Information Network Distribution System (MINDS), a method of guideline development.

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2019 Best of MASCC India

The second Best of MASCC India meeting, hosted by the Indian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (IASCC), was held September 14-15 at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and included more than 130 attendees. IASCC, a subdivision of Nag Foundation, a public charitable trust in Pune, Maharashtra, India, became a MASCC affiliate in May 2019. The meeting was organized by IASCC President Dinesh C. Doval, MD, DM, and Vice-Presidents Sudeep Gupta, MD, DM, and Shona Nag, MD, along with organizing secretaries Vikas Ostwal, MD, DM, Anant Ramaswamy, MD, DM, and Anant Gokam, MD, DM.

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Managing Cancer Pain in the Opioid Crisis: A Cross-Canada Initiative

2019    The current opioid crisis and efforts to curb it may be contributing to inadequate cancer pain management. This was the core takeaway of the first step in a national initiative in Canada to investigate the impact of the opioid crisis on cancer pain management. Other important insights included the identification of major knowledge gaps, inconsistent reporting of harms, and systems and regulatory impacts that may have significant negative effects on the delivery of cancer pain management.

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Report from RASSC: Third International Symposium, “Supportive Therapy in Oncology: From Theory to Practice”

2019    The Russian Society of Supportive Care in Oncology (RASSC) held its third International Symposium, “Supportive Therapy in Oncology: From Theory to Practice,” in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation, on October 4th, 2019. The Symposium brought together more than 170 specialists engaged in the treatment of cancer patients throughout the region. Doctors, students, and residents learned about recent advances and the range of national and global opportunities in supportive oncology. This year, the Symposium gained international status following the signing, in June 2019, of an affiliation agreement between RASSC and MASCC.

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