2014 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting Highlights
Supportive Care in Cancer • Miami, Florida, June 26-28, 2014

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MASCC 2014 Annual Meeting Highlights
Beautiful, sunny Miami Beach was the location of the 2014 Annual Meeting. We hosted 900+ registrants from 55 countries to our meeting this year ,which featured 600 abstracts, 80 international speakers, 6 plenary sessions, 17 parallel sessions, 6 workshops, and e-poster discussion sessions, to name a few highlights.

Opening Ceremony


One of the truly rewarding parts of the meeting is when we honor our award winners.
Distinguished Service Award – Dorothy Keefe

MASCC’s most prestigious award, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes meritorious service and outstanding contributions to the society and its mission. It is not a surprise then to see that this year’s recipient is Dorothy Keefe.

Dorothy served two terms as President of MASCC, stepping in during a difficult period when Steve Grunberg was unable to continue due to health reasons. During her terms as President, she was an integral part of many annual meetings. We literally could not have done it without her!

Dr. Keefe was the champion of MASCC’s highly successful Mucositis Study Group and continues as an active member. Dorothy travels extensively and always advocates for MASCC and our Annual Meeting. Her advocacy extends to including her fellows in our society meetings. As a result, many of her fellows are highly engaged MASCC members, Study Group leaders, and President of ISOO. She does this all while successfully managing a busy career as Service Director SA Cancer Service, Medical Oncologist, Professor of Cancer Medicine, mother and wife.

Dorothy accomplishes all of this with her trademark humor and good grace. Thank you for your inspiration, Dorothy, and congratulations on this richly deserved Distinguished Service Award.


altHonorary Lifetime Membership Awarded to MASCC Member Hans-Jürg Senn
Honorary Lifetime Membership status in MASCC has been awarded to Professor Hans-Jürg Senn, based on his commitment, vision and extraordinary service to MASCC and our journal. Along with Jean Klastersky and Steven Schimpff, Prof Senn founded MASCC 22 years ago. He also founded the Supportive Care in Cancer journal with Springer and served as the first Editor-in-Chief for 17 years. His leadership and unfailing support over the years has been fundamental to advancing this group as the largest and most successful supportive care society. Moreover, his contributions as a clinician researcher have improved the lives of cancer patients everywhere. We congratulate Professor Senn on this well deserved recognition. For those of you interested in reading more about Professor Senn’s contribution to MASCC and Supportive Care in Cancer, he was interviewed as the first editor of the journal in last December’s Society News.

Young Investigator Awards are given every year to recognize exemplary abstracts submitted by investigators who are less than 40 years old. The Outstanding Young Investigator Award is given to the best abstract among these award winners, so it is truly the best of the best. MASCC would like to that Merck & Co., Inc. for their support of all the Young Investigators’ Awards.

Outstanding Young Investigator 
Silvia Bisson (Brazil) who wrote an outstanding abstract “ Pro-inflammatory Cytokines Correlate with Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Colorectal Cancer”.


Young Investigator Winners
Silvia Bisson (Brazil), Tine De Ryck (Belgium), Joanne Bowen (Australia), Lorella Ciutto (Canada), Erin Wong (Canada), Dimi Galitis (Greece), Karrie Wong (Canada), Divyesh Kumar (India)

Travel Scholarship Winners

Surendra Chaudhary (India), Csaba Degi (Romania), Karthikeyan Guru (India), Muhammad Hoque (South Africa), Galina Kuznecova (Latvia), Sergejs Kuznecovs (Latvia), Sandip Mukhopadhyay (India), Stephen Samuel (India), John Weru (Kenya)

Fatigue Study Group Abstract Awards

The Fatigue SG selects two award winners from the Fatigue abstracts submitted to the meeting.

altNew Investigator Award: 
Kord M. Kober, PhD, MA from UCSF who submitted an abstract entitled, “Gene Expression Profiling of Evening Fatigue in Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer”


altTrainee Award: 
Yin Ting, PhD from National University of Singapore whose abstract was, “The Prevalence, Severity, Trajectory if Fatigue and Pro-inflammatory Biomarkers in Asian Breast Cancer Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study” won the trainee award and was shortly thereafter awarded his PhD.

We further congratulated our award winners at a Award Recipient and New Member reception on Thursday evening. MASCC Board members and Study Group Leaders mingled with the new members and award winners and created some future collaborations.

In the Media

Interview - MASCC and the Future - with Prof. Walsh

Featured Videos on OncLiveTV

alt Dr. Dorothy Keefe Discusses Links Between Toxicities

alt Dr. Fausto Roila on Aprepitant for the Prevention of Cisplatin-Induced Delayed Emesis

alt Declan Walsh, MSc, FACP, FRCP, on the Under-Diagnosis of Malnutrition

alt Alex Molasiotis, RN, PhD, on the Management on Breathlessness

alt Dr. Haralambos Raftopoulos on Pulmonary Toxicity With EGFR TKIs

alt Age Schultz Discusses the Cost of Supportive Care Medicine

Oncology Conference Articles -Miami 2014

MASCC Study Groups Have a Large Presence at the 2014 MASCC Annual Meeting

MASCC Study Groups had a large presence at the 2014 MASCC Annual Meeting in Miami. All 17 of the Study Groups held business meetings to discuss new and ongoing projects. In addition, they held 6 workshops the morning before the meeting, with a total of 256 workshop registrants.

The Mucositis Research Workshop, chaired by Raj Lalla, featured abstract presentations on cutting-edge topics from young investigators. An expert panel weighed in on the presentations and discussed the many challenges of mucositis, as well as promising treatments on the horizon.

The Cancer Care Pathways Workshop, chaired by Liz Isenring, brought together experts on nutrition and cachexia, psycho-oncology, speech pathology, palliative care, and rehabilitation to discuss the integration of cancer care for optimal patient outcomes. Case vignettes were used to challenge participants.

Spiritual Wellbeing Across Cancer Care, a workshop organized by Ian Olver and chaired by David Hui, dealt with the assessment of spirituality and how MASCC members feel about spirituality (using a survey designed for that purpose). In addition, palliative care experts discussed spirituality, religiosity, and dignity therapy in advanced cancer, and a chaplain discussed his role in providing spiritual care. A case study and a panel discussion wrapped up this thoughtful discussion of often-overlooked issues.

A workshop titled Beware of Infections in Both Adults and Children was chaired by Bernardo Rapoport and Marianne van de Wetering. Participants looked at infections among cancer patients, with special emphasis on the difficulties of dealing with infections in children. Some new cancer agents associated with higher rates of infection were discussed. 

Oral Problems in Advanced Cancer Workshop, a workshop chaired by Andrew Davies, focused on the spectrum of oral conditions faced by cancer patients. Interactive case presentations touched on issues such as fungal infections, bacterial infections, and xerostomia.

A Geriatric Oncology and Cancer-related Fatigue Workshop, chaired by Sriram Yennu, looked at the special problems faced by geriatric cancer patients. Fatigue was used as a model for this discussion and case studies featuring different cancer stages were reviewed.

New Study Group chairs and co-chairs were introduced and retiring leaders were thanked for their service. 

  • Antiemetics: Matti Aapro replaces Richard Gralla as co-chair.
  • Education: Judy Phillips joins as co-chair, replacing Pongpak Pittayapan.
  • Fatigue: Karen Mustian replaces Karin Olson as chair.
  • Neurological Complications: Deirdre Pachman, Alex Chan, and Lise Eckhoff are co-chairs; Charles Loprinzi has stepped down.
  • Palliative Care: David Hui is now chair, replacing Mel Davis who is moving to co-chair.
  • Psychosocial: Lidia Schapira is now chair, replacing Antonella Surbone.
  • Skin Toxicities: Jane Bryce is now chair, replacing Mario Lacouture who is moving to co-chair. Jennifer Choi has joined as co-chair.


2014 Symposium Chair: Declan Walsh