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MASCC Society News - April Issue

April 2019

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From the Editor

This month, MASCC President Raj Lalla announces a new MASCC affiliation with NICSO, the Network Italiano Cure di Supporto in Oncologia. We're pleased to announce that MASCC Past-President Dorothy Keefe has been named CEO of Cancer Australia. MASCC now has two new Study Group Subgroups - on Cancer Pain and Immuno-Oncology. We bring you more highlights of the 2019 Annual Meeting and upcoming conference news. We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in February. And we encourage every member to be a voice for MASCC!

All issues of the MASCC Society News are available online at Older issues (through August, 2016) can be found in the back pages of our journal, Supportive Care in Cancer.

~ Toni Clark, Editor

Message from the President, Raj Lalla, DDS, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

In the March issue of the MASCC Society News, I announced the new affiliation agreement signed between MASCC and the Association Francophone des Soins Oncologiques de Support (AFSOS), based in France. In this issue, I am happy to share the news that we have now signed an affiliation agreement with the Network Italiano Cure di Supporto in Oncologia (NICSO). NICSO is the national-level organization in Italy dedicated to supportive care in cancer. With this new agreement, NICSO is now officially the national affiliate of MASCC for Italy and will have several rights and privileges as a member of the MASCC network. All NISCO members will now also be MASCC members under a new dual membership arrangement. I enthusiastically welcome all our NICSO colleagues to MASCC. I thank NICSO President and MASCC Board Member Carla Ida Ripamonti, MD, who played an important role in the signing of this agreement. I also thank the other NICSO Board Members Fausto Roila, MD, Paolo Bossi, MD, and Andrea Antonuzzo, MD, for their vision and support. We are excited to work with NICSO, AFSOS, and other partners to advance supportive care in cancer. As mentioned later in this issue, in San Francisco we will have a joint AFSOS-MASCC-NISCO session on supportive care in cancer in Europe.

Also in this issue is the great news that MASCC Past-President Dorothy Keefe has been named as CEO of Cancer Australia. On behalf of MASCC, I want to convey our warmest congratulations to Dorothy on this great honor. We are proud of you!

Best Wishes,



Dorothy Keefe Named CEO of Cancer Australia

Dorothy Keefe, PSM, MBBS, MSc, MD, FRACP, FRCP, a MASCC Past President and the recipient of MASCC's 2014 Distinguished Service Award, has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Australia. The announcement was made on March 3, 2019 by Australian Minister for Health, Greg Hunt.

Dorothy Keefe is currently Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Adelaide and a Senior Medical Oncologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is also the Interim Medical Director of the South Australia Cancer Service. In addition to her work as a medical oncologist, Dorothy is also an expert on the toxicity of cancer treatment and a tireless advocate for cancer patients and healthcare reform.

A longtime MASCC member, Dorothy has been an integral part of many MASCC Annual Meetings. As a leader of MASCC's Mucositis Study Group, she was instrumental in producing the MASCC/ISOO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Mucositis Secondary to Cancer Therapy. She has published widely on mucositis as well as other toxicities of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and the efficacy of new preventive and therapeutic agents. Many of her fellows and trainees have become highly engaged MASCC members and include Study Group leaders and a Past President of ISOO. She is a frequent featured speaker at international meetings and has worked to forge supportive care links throughout Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. Dorothy remains an active member of MASCC's Study Groups on Mucositis, Palliative Care, and Oncodermatology.

Cancer Australia was established by the Australian government in 2006 to benefit all Australians affected by cancer, as well as their families and caregivers. Its strong supportive care mission includes the aims of reducing the impact of cancer, addressing disparities in care, and improving patient outcomes. Cancer Australia leads and coordinates national, evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care. Dorothy will assume the role of CEO, the agency's highest position, in July 2019.

New Study Group Subgroups: Cancer Pain and Immuno-Oncology

MASCC's Executive Committee has recently approved the formation of two new special-topic subgroups within existing Study Groups - a Subgroup on Cancer pain within the Palliative Care Study Group and a Subgroup on Immuno-Oncology within the Neutropenia, Infection, and Myelosuppression Study Group. A Subgroup can be formed when ten or more Study Group members wish to actively pursue a topic not adequately addressed by that, or any other, Study Group. Establishing a Subgroup requires an application that documents the need for a new Subgroup and identifies future projects or areas of investigation. The application is available on our Policies and Forms page of our website.

In this issue, we highlight the Cancer Pain Subgroup. The Immuno-Oncology Subgroup will be featured in a future issue of the Society News.

Palliative Care Subgroup on Cancer Pain

A new Subgroup on Cancer Pain has been established under the aegis of the Palliative Care Study Group and is led by Chair Mellar Davis, MD, and Vice-Chair Akhila Reddy, MD. More than 80% of patients with advanced cancer develop severe pain. Opioids are a highly effective pain treatment, but the drug, dosage, and route of administration are complex and must be personalized for maximum symptom control. Also, addiction risk, overdose, drug interactions, and high drug costs are critical issues for these patients. The Subgroup has been established to focus attention on these topics and to address some of the most challenging issues in cancer pain management. Read More

Meet the Experts at MASCC/ISOO 2019 

This year's MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting will feature three Meet-the-Expert sessions. "Writing for Supportive Care in Cancer," led by Fred Ashbury, Ian Olver, and Jørn Herrstedt will review the process of preparing and submitting manuscripts to Supportive Care in Cancer and other medical journals. In "Using Social Media," Ysabella Van Sebille and Hannah Wardill will discuss the use of social media to further supportive care education and collaboration. In "Developing a MASCC Guideline," Fred Ashbury and Bernardo Rapoport will discuss MASCC's policies for developing a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) and requirements for other organizations submitting CPGs for MASCC approval or endorsement. Read More

Joint Sessions at MASCC/ISOO 2019

This year's Annual Meeting will feature five joint sessions, in which MASCC will join with the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC), the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS), The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), the French Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (AFSOS), the Italian Network of Supportive Care in Oncology (Network Italiano Cure di Supporto in Oncologia (NICSO), the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP), and the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC) to discuss a wide array of topics in supportive cancer care. Read More

Call for Volunteers! MASCC Social Media Booth

MASCC is seeking members with social media know-how to help Annual Meeting attendees set up accounts and learn how to use social media platforms to share supportive care knowledge and ideas. If you can help, please consider donating some of your break time at the Social Media Booth. For details, contact Anna Boltong.  Read More

MASCC/ISOO 2019 Approved for Continuing Medical Education Credits

The 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting has been approved for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and up to 18 Contact Hours by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. See the official Meeting website,, for more information. Read More

Grandangolo in Oncologia: Focus su Terapie di Supporto

Focus on Supportive Cancer Therapies, 2019

Bologna, Italy - May 13-14, 2019

Italy's National Academy of Medicine and the Italian Network of Support Care in Oncology (NICSO) will hold a fourth conference on supportive care in oncology, May 13-14, in Bologna, Italy. The annual meeting concerns the prevention and treatment of symptoms caused by cancer and its treatments, as well as the social and psychological problems encountered by cancer patients, issues in rehabilitation, and long-term side effects. Registration is limited and closes on May 5, 2019. Read More

MASCC Will Be at ONS in Anaheim

MASCC will have a booth at the Oncology Nursing Society's 44th Annual Congress in Anaheim, California, April 11-14.

If you're there, please stop by Booth 238 to say hello and enter to win a copy of the Second Edition of the MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship, edited by Ian Olver.

Upcoming Conferences

April 11-14, 2019
ONS 44th Annual Congress
Anaheim, California, USA

May 13-14, 2019
Grandangolo in Oncologia: Focus su Terapie di Supporto Focus on Supportive Care in Cancer
Bologna, Italy

June 26-29, 2019
SIOG 2019 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology Phase 1: A 4-Day Course
Treviso, Italy

July 29-30, 2019
34th International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care Current Challenges and Possibilities
Melbourne, Australia

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MASCC Annual Meeting 2019

Plan Ahead for 2019!

Early-Rate Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Standard-Rate Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

San Francisco, CA, USA
June 21-23, 2019

This year's meeting will take place on Friday through Sunday - June 21-23, 2019 - a change from previous years. 

The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, on the waterfront. You can sign up for Annual Meeting updates at the official meeting website to find out about registration, sessions, speakers, and special features of the 2019 program. And take a look at the list of Abstract Topics and Submission Guidelines.

New MASCC Members

A warm welcome to the new members who joined us in Frebruary!

Elizabeth Pearson
Carlene Wilson

Diele Arantes
Leticia Bezinelli
Fernanda de Paula Eduardo
Marco Montezuma

Caroline Fulop
Leonie Naeije
Cheri Van Patten

Baojun Duan

Carsten Rye Gregersen
Gabor Liposits

Anna-Maria Platschek

Kristin Skuladottir

Takahisa Kayahara
Yuhei Matsuda
Michio Nakamura
Tomohiko Sunami

Korea, Republic of
Jinhee Park

Linda Ekele Iyadi

South Africa
Andrea Glick

Chu-Chun Yu

Methinee Laksameekarnkha
Pongpak Pittayapan

Mustafa Erman
Nuri Karadurmus

United Kingdom
Emma Masters

United States
Aynur Aktas
Dalal Alhajji
Kenley Chin
Natalie Garces
Gwenda Graham
Farrah Khan
Lauren Krotz
Rebecca Libal
Lathika Mohanraj
Blair Pringle
Sara Sangermano
Susan Yaguda

Help Spread the Word!

Take a look at our Promotional Toolkit, where you can find PowerPoint slide sets, banners, adverts, and signature banners to use in your email signature files. We encourage all members to take advantage of these resources and let your colleagues know about MASCC and our next meeting.

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MASCC-Designated Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer - Learn more about MASCC Centers of Excellence and find applications at our website

Be a Voice for MASCC!
Say a few words about MASCC and our Annual Meeting at your next speaking engagement. Contact Melissa Chin for a few MASCC slides to add to your presentation. And join us in San Francisco for an exciting program featuring supportive care research advances and clinical applications.

Future MASCC Meetings
Mark your calendar.

June 21-23, 2019
San Francisco, California, USA

June 25-27, 2020
Seville, Spain

June, 2021
Yokohama, Japan

Get Connected!

MASCC's Social Media Strategy Toolkit and Twitter Quick Guide were designed to help MASCC and its members establish a global social media presence. These guides will help you manage social media accounts and implement best practices for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn in order to effectively disseminate MASCC's research and educational efforts, including new supportive care information and practice resources.

All MASCC Members, Study Groups, Staff, and Board Members are encouraged to use these tools and to engage regularly on social media platforms.


How to Access Our Journal, Supportive Care in Cancer

Your membership includes free access to the online version of our journal, Supportive Care in Cancer. Go to: and log in as a member. On the Member Landing Page, you will see a link to Proceed to the SCC Online Journal.

How to Access Annual Meeting Abstracts

Go to the online access of the journal (see above for access). Click on Browse Volumes & Issues. 

Then, click on June 2018, Issue 2 Supplement. There, you can read the issue or download a PDF of all the abstracts.


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