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MASCC Society News - August Issue

August 2018

From the Editor

This month, we are pleased to announce MASCC's new Officers and Committee Chairs for the 2018 to 2020 term. Annual Meeting presentation slides and a Social Media Toolkit are now available. Our Annual Meeting Photo Gallery is live, too! Please note that the deadline for 2019 Annual Meeting Workshops and Parallel Sessions is August 17th.

In this issue President Raj Lalla talks about the history and mission of MASCC. We also have news about a new tool to help patients organize their medical records, developed by MASCC member Dimitra Galiti, a report of the Hellenic Society of Oral Oncology's recent Oral Care Awareness Day and the upcoming 2018 Adverse Events Symposium, as well as important announcements and reminders. We extend a warm welcome to new members who joined us in June. 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

Message from the President,
Raj Lalla

Raj Lalla

Dear Colleagues,

As I think about and plan for the next two years as MASCC President, I thought it might be helpful to revisit the mission of MASCC and the circumstances that led to its founding. Fortunately, an excellent history of MASCC was published in our society's journal in 2010 by Cindy Rittenberg, Judi Johnson, and Gerald Kuncio.1 This fascinating document describes how the field of supportive care in cancer was born in 1987 out of a clinical need to understand the management of debilitating side effects of cancer treatments. This was followed by the incorporation of MASCC in 1990, with Jean Klastersky, MD, of Belgium as Founding President and Hans-Jörg Senn, MD, of Switzerland as Founding Editor of the journal, Supportive Care in Cancer. As stated in the article, the founders of MASCC saw its initial mission as defining, shaping, and advancing the concept of supportive care in cancer. Importantly, they also insisted from the very inception of MASCC that the society would emphasize evidence-based practice and a multidisciplinary approach.

Fast forward 28 years, and we can see that much progress has been made in realizing this vision. MASCC has played a significant role in the increasing recognition of the importance of supportive care in cancer and, today, is the leading international organization in this field. We have a truly multidisciplinary membership from 70 countries, and our evidence-based clinical practice guidelines have helped improve clinical care for oncology patients. Our society journal is strong and well-respected, with a 5-year impact factor of 2.8 and a rejection rate of 65%. We run a successful international meeting each year, which serves to disseminate the latest information on supportive care in cancer and has put MASCC on a stable financial footing.

And yet, much more remains to be done. Our mission today is to improve the supportive care of people with cancer. However, supportive care in oncology is still underappreciated in many parts of the world, especially in resource-constrained areas. Our dissemination efforts, mainly our Annual Meeting and journal, still do not reach a large proportion of the healthcare professionals involved in providing such care or conducting research on related issues. And our membership should be much larger, when one considers the number of such professionals worldwide. A larger membership would allow MASCC to, in turn, improve the care of a larger number of patients through education and research.

And so we have our work cut out for us. We need to consider additional routes of dissemination that will reach a much larger number of healthcare professionals and that will position MASCC as the leading international source of expertise on supportive care in cancer. We need to partner with like-minded organizations in various countries to expand our reach and influence on patient care. And we need to grow our membership through innovative approaches that make MASCC membership appealing and affordable to everyone involved in supportive care in cancer worldwide.

I am excited to take on these challenges. With your help, we can move MASCC forward and make a difference for our patients.

Sincerely, Raj

1Rittenberg CN, Johnson JL, Kuncio GM. An Oral History of MASCC, its origin and development from MASCC's beginnings to 2009. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18:775-784, 2010. Available at:

MASCC Officers, 2018-2020

Executive Director Melissa Chin is pleased to announce our new MASCC Officers for the 2018-2020 term.

President: Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD, DABOM 
Section of Oral Medicine, University of Connecticut Health, Farmington, CT, USA
President-Elect: Andrew Davies, MD, FRC
Royal Surrey County Hospital, Ashtead, Surrey, UK
Immediate Past-President: Ian Olver, AM, MD, PhD 
Sansom Institute of Health Research, University of South Adelaide, Australia
Treasurer: Rachel Gibson, PhD
The University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
Secretary: Anna Boltong, MA, MSc, PhD 
Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

MASCC Committee Chairs, 2018-2020
Committee Chairs for the current term are as follows.
Executive Committee: Raj Lalla
Awards Committee: Joanne Bowen
Governance Committee: Charles Loprinzi
Guidelines Committee: Fred Ashbury
Membership Committee: Annie Young
Publications Committee: Anna Boltong
Nominating Committee: Ian Olver
Finance Committee: Rachel Gibson
Annual Meeting Chair: Andrew Davies

The Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term was announced in our June issue and can be found on our website: Board of Directors.

2019 Annual Meeting Workshop & Parallel Session Applications

Due August 17, 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop Applications - The deadline for Pre-Conference Study Group Workshop Applications is August 17th. Please note that any Study Group member may propose a workshop topic to the Study Group leaders for endorsement. Applications are submitted by the Study Group Chairs to the Study Group Coordinator. If you have a proposal idea, connect with your Study Group leaders soon! MASCC's Study Group Workshop Policy and Application are available on our website: see Board of Directors. If you have questions, contact Study Group Coordinator Leslie Johnson: [email protected].

Parallel Session Applications - The deadline for Parallel Session applications is also August 17th. Parallel sessions must be sponsored by at least one Study Group. Applications that represent multiple Study Groups are more likely to be successful. Those involving local organizations in California, USA are encouraged, as are applications that address the 2019 meeting themes of digital health, treatment toxicities, sexual health, and cancer survivorship.

Please direct questions and send completed Parallel Session applications to Emma Dillsworth at [email protected]. Emma is the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting Administrator for 2019 and 2020.

Annual Meeting Presentation Slides Now Available

Head to our website to view slides from the Pre-Conference workshops as well as Plenary and Parallel Sessions.*

*A few sessions are missing. The availability of slides is at the discretion of each presenter.

Annual Meeting Photo Gallery

Our 2018 Annual Meeting Photo Gallery is now available! The gallery is at a Shutterfly website, where you can view all the photos, order prints, or download images. You will need to log in at Shutterfly, but this requires only an email address and password. If you need any assistance, contact Beth Hollen, [email protected].

2018 Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center ¿ October 26-27
Zuckerman Research Center, 417 E 68th St
New York, NY, USA

Course Director: Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Systemic anticancer therapies, including cytotoxic chemotherapies, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies, have improved patient survival. However, a majority of patients treated with such therapies develop toxicities of various organ systems that can affect overall health and activities of daily living. These effects can result in inconsistent therapy and suboptimal clinical outcomes. Thus, prevention and management of adverse events is critical to optimizing both treatment success and patients' quality of life. This Symposium will provide up-to-date information on adverse event mechanisms and management concerning the most commonly affected organ systems. Practical strategies to maintain dose intensity and quality of life will be addressed as well.

The target audience for the Symposium includes oncology physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other professionals involved in the care of cancer patients. Specific objectives include (1) increased knowledge about the grading of treatment-related adverse events in cancer patients and the ability to recognize the impact of these effects on quality of life, (2) an understanding of mechanisms and interventions for preventing and treating acute and chronic adverse events in these patients, and (3) increased awareness of the procedures and clinical tools to assess these treatment-related toxicities.

In addition to Course Director Mario Lacouture, the faculty includes MASCC members Kathryn Ciccolini, Rajesh Lalla, Nicole LeBoeuf, Charles Loprinzi, Florian Scotté, and Vickie Shannon.

Early registration rates are in effect until September 1, 2018. See the Symposium website for registration and accreditation details. Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events.

The first 50 course registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Lacouture's Skin Care Guide for People Living With Cancer. (Not available to employees of Memorial Sloan Kettering.)

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Hellenic Society of Oral Oncology Oral Care Awareness Day

The Hellenic Society of Oral Oncology held its annual Oral Cancer Awareness Day in Athens, Greece on June 9, 2018, an event endorsed by MASCC and ISOO. The audience included a large and diverse group of healthcare professionals, including dentists, oral and medical oncologists, hematologists, radiotherapists, nurses, medical physicists, radiotherapists, physiotherapists, ENT doctors, and others. The day's events included scientific, educational, and humanistic perspectives.

Honorary Speaker Eva Grayzel,1 herself a stage IV oral cancer survivor, emphasized that "You can't spell overall health without oral health."

Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis2 discussed the possible reasons for delays in diagnosing oral cancer, such as the asymptomatic nature of the early stages, the need for increased educational programs for the public as well as for health professionals, and in some cases, the lack of close multidisciplinary collaboration. The program outlined the main causes of oral cancer (smoking and human papillomavirus), the therapeutic modalities for oral cancer, surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Premalignant lesions were also discussed.


The event was supported by the Hellenic Society of head and Neck Cancer, Professor Amanda Psyrri, as well as the pharmaceutical companies, AMGEN Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Lilly Pharmaserv. The event was also endorsed by these Hellenic societies: The Athens Dental and Medical Association, Society of Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Targeted and Molecular Therapies, Dermatology, ENT, and the Department of Nursing Development Systems.

1A widely recognized master storyteller, Eva Grayzel is also the founder of the Six-Step Screening¿ Oral Cancer Awareness Campaign.
2Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis has been a MASCC and ISOO member for more than a decade. She has served as President of ISOO (2015-2017) and is currently ISOO's Representative to MASCC's Board of Directors, as well as Chair of MASCC's Bone Study Group (2015-2020). Ourania is a member of the EU Expert Group for ONJ (Copenhagen 2017) and serves as a faculty member of the Ecancer Educational module for ONJ,, along with former Bone Study Group Chair, Cesar Migliorati.

CureCancer:  A Supportive Care Mission

CureCancer is a supportive care site dedicated to promoting the success of cancer treatments, reducing costs, and improving overall quality of life. CureCancer has also created a free tool to help patients organize their medical records and keep their healthcare providers up to date, with the aim of ensuring the best, most efficient, and safest treatment decisions. This tool, developed by MASCC member Dimitra Galiti, DDS, MSc, and management and technology consultant Ilias Stasinos, BEng, MSc, has recently been recognized and endorsed by the Hellenic Society of Medical Oncology (HeSMO). Dimitra was inspired to develop the CureCancer tool while working in a dental oncology office. There, she realized the need for practitioners to know their patients' medical histories and how difficult it was to obtain the information each time. She proposed to Ilias Stasinos, who had been a fellow student at the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation (Athens College), that they develop the tool together.

Dimitra Galiti is the daughter of Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, MSc, Dr Dent, who has supported the project throughout. Dimitra is a member of MASCC's Mucositis Study Group, the Bone & Musculoskeletal Study Group, and ISOO's Oral Care Study Group. Her research subjects include osteonecrosis of the jaw, dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancer, and translation of guidelines for oral mucositis.

Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, Chair of MASCC's Bone and Musculoskeletal Study Group, has volunteered to provide CureCancer with summaries, in both Greek and English, of articles published in the MASCC journal, Supportive Care in Cancer for patients who visit the CureCancer site. For more information, visit the site or see the Facebook CureCancer page.

Here is a video about the CureCancer tool: CureCancer Tool.

Position Available in Supportive Oncology Research

The Department of Supportive Oncology at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA has an opening for a Senior Scientist to conduct independent research in supportive oncology. The work includes researching databases, analyzing data using appropriate statistical and other programs, and preparing presentations, papers, progress reports, and grant and contract applications. The Senior Scientist manages all aspects of research from planning and securing funding to publication and presentation at meetings and will oversee, direct, supervise, instruct, and mentor teammates, students, residents, and fellows. A PhD or MD or both from an accredited institution is required, with six years in research preferred. A distinguished record of publications is also required. Experience investigating nutrition, kinesiology, rehabilitation, neurophysiology, or neuropsychology is preferred.

For more information, contact Michelle B. Anderson, Senior Manager, Research, at [email protected]. Or call 980-442-0903.

Upcoming Conferences

September 17-18, 2018
33rd International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care
Tokyo, Japan

September 23-26, 2018
International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN)
Auckland, New Zealand

October 19-23, 2018
ESMO - European Society for Medical Oncology,
2017 Congress Securing access to optimal cancer care.
Munich, Germany

October 26, 2018
2018 Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, USA

November 16-17, 2018
Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium
San Diego, California

November 16-18, 2018
International Society of Geriatric Oncology SIOG Annual Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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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. 

New MASCC Members

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

Luis Marconi

Robyn Berry

Christel Fontaine

David Yang

Nicolas Janus
Samia Mouffak

Elke Wimmer

Androniki Marioli

Chandrashekhar K

Fiona Kiely

Lorenzo Anelli
Anna Maria Aschelter
Paolo Astorre
Francesco Bloise
Tolomeo Caramia
Marta Carlesimo
Giovanna Chilla
Alice Dal Martello
Maria Caterina Fortuna
Barbara Lenzi
Clelia Madeddu
Gaia Manna
Sebastiano Rametta Giuliano
Mariella Spalato Ceruso
Antonella Terenzio
Antonio Toto
Paola Varese
Laura Velutti
Tea Zeppola

Hironobu Kanazawa

Fadi Abu-Farsakh

Rocio Gonzalez Melendrez

Maria Christina Gomez Amarilla

Jayson Paragas

Alina Mihaela Pascu
Vladimir Poroch

Russian Federation
Irina Koroleva

Amina Chouiter
Sabine Damm

United Kingdom
Mark Latymer
Elaine Tomlins
Kay Townsend

United States
Carryn Anderson
Sidra Anwar
Michal Kuten-Shorrer
Mark Latymer
Kenneth Niermann


2018 Meeting Photo Gallery 

Help Spread the Word!

Our 2019 Annual Meeting will take place on June 21-23 in San Francisco, California, USA. We already have a Meeting Toolkit, available at Here 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.

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 Vienna 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, TBA, 2020
Seville, Spain

June, TBA, 2021
Yokohama, Japan

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