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MASCC Partners with SIOG

February 2018
In January, MASCC and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) formalized their close relationship in a Memorandum of Understanding. SIOG, a multidisciplinary society that includes physicians and other health professionals with an interest in geriatric oncology, aims to optimize treatment of older adults with cancer. The Society works to increase education, improve clinical practice, and promote new research in geriatric oncology. SIOG’s members currently represent 93 countries around the world.

The purpose of this MOU is to increase collaboration, mutual recognition, and shared, culturally sensitive approaches to the work of both organizations. Both MASCC and SIOG are committed to international collaboration. The MOU recognizes a mutual intention to support one another in developing partnerships and to work together toward shared educational, research, and clinical goals. Both organizations have agreed to promote supportive care in older cancer patients, foster membership in both organizations, support one another’s activities, and pursue joint programs and projects.

MASCC Executive Director Melissa Chin notes that, “Through this association, our two organizations can better leverage synergies and seize new opportunities to create and deploy education and research solutions internationally. We are excited at the possibilities this formal MOU brings for furthering supportive cancer care around the world and making excellent cancer care possible.”

SIOG President Stuart Lichtman, MD, FACP, adds that he’s very pleased about this new understanding between our organizations, adding that, “This relationship will capitalize on a natural synergy. It will be a productive interaction of MASCC, which has improved the lives of cancer patients by educating oncologists on appropriate symptom management and supportive care, and SIOG, which has become the leader in geriatric oncology through education, stimulating research, and mentoring young investigators. This relationship will further enhance the missions of both organizations. I am looking forward to our joint endeavors."