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MASCC Society News February 2021

2021    In the February issue of the Society News we share more details about the exciting 2021 Annual Meeting.  This year it will be held virtually. We also announce the departure of Leslie Johnson.  She has done a wonderful job of working with the Study Groups and we wish her well; the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels is recognized as a MASCC Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer; MASCC offers a free new course for members - A Guide to Breakthrough Cancer Pain (BTcP); MASCC/ISOO members are invited to submit MRONJ research to Frontiers in Oral Health and Oral Surgery; we introduce the MASCC Awards Committee and MASCC Awards; we highlight both a Young Investigator and Travel Scholarship winner; we present this month’s Editor’s Pick; we announce new job and fellowship listings. 

Member Spotlight: 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships Winner - Eugeniia Ananeva

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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Member Spotlight: 2020 Young Investigator Award - Uttiya Deb

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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We Wish You Well, Leslie Johnson!

2021    Leslie Johnson will be departing MASCC, her last day will be February 19, 2021. As of February 20, 2021, please direct any questions related to Study Groups and Sponsorship to Melissa Chin at [email protected] until we are able to secure a replacement. We appreciate your patience during this transitionary period. 

Leslie has conveyed her enjoyment in working with MASCC and our members. We thank Leslie for her contributions to MASCC to-date and wish her the best of success in all future endeavors.

2021 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting - New Format, New Opportunities

2021    Due to the 2021 Annual Meeting being an entirely virtual event, we have decided to replace the "traditional" three days of workshops with several hour-long sessions running throughout the program, including a live question and answer element. Stay tuned for specific details in upcoming newsletters, on our website, and through our social media channels. Our event platform will also incorporate a state-of-the-art networking facility where delegates with similar fields of interest will be able to easily connect online, either in groups or individually. 

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Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels Recognized as a MASCC Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

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MASCC is proud to announce that the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, Belgium has been recognized as a MASCC-Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. The hospital is a research institute of the Université libre de Bruxelles and specializes in oncology. The Institute hosts various multi-professional teams for supportive care, including a Pain and other symptoms Management Team, a Psycho-oncology Unit, a Nursing and palliative Care Unit, and a Physiotherapy Unit. Occupational therapy and end-of-life care are offered in the Institute. The application was organized by MASCC Member, Dominique Lossignol, MD, Head of the Supportive Care Unit at the Institute. Lossignol is responsible for clinical and administrative supervision of the unit.

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MASCC/ISOO members invited to submit MRONJ

2021    MASCC/ISOO members invited to submit MRONJ research to Frontiers in Oral Health and Oral Surgery
Guest Editors: Josiah Eyeson, Vinod Patel, and Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis

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Introducing the MASCC Awards Committee and MASCC Awards

2021    MASCC has a wonderful tradition of awarding prizes to recognize the best research and contributions of both MASCC members and the supportive cancer care community. This month, we’d like to share the details on how these awards and the committee that manages these awards. The committee is made up of a Chair and members, who discuss all applications and rank winners.

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Job Postings: New Career Opportunities and Fellowship Listings

2021    MASCC Career Opportunities and Fellowship Listings

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MASCC Society News January 2021

2021    For January, MASCC wishes everyone a Happy New Year!  In the January issue of the Society News we feature updated information on the 2021 annual meeting, which will be a virtual event;  we spotlight one of our Young Investigator Award winners and one of our Travel Award winners; we present a free new course for members: A Guide to Breakthrough Cancer Pain (BTcP); we share the video presentations from the 2020 OncoAlert Colloquium; we feature our monthly Editor’s Pick, a call for members to join MASCC’s newly established Consumer (Patient Advocate) Engagement Committee, and to become a reviewer for our journal, Supportive Care in Cancer; and we share job listings on our career pages.

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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