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MASCC Society News - August Issue

August 2020    

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Message From the President, Andrew Davies

MASCC’s mission is “to improve the supportive care of people with cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment and survival, to the end of life,” whilst our vision is “to be recognized as the leading international source of cancer supportive care expertise for healthcare professionals.” The new MASCC Board has started work on refreshing our strategy for the next few years, but our mission and vision will remain essentially unchanged. We intend to present the updated strategy to the membership in the coming months.

One area the Board is very keen to develop is online resources relating to supportive care: our website needs a refresh, and the current content reviewed (and out-of-date content removed). Moreover, we need new content, which will meet the continuing professional development of our members (and encourage new members): we are expecting all Study Groups to update and refresh their Study Group specific pages and provide new content for the website.

If you have ideas for new content, and/or have potential sources of sponsorship for new content, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. Our experience is that many national and international industry partners have the budget to spend now and are very keen to support online educational resources as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (and the cancellation of conferences and other face-to-face events). Equally, please suggest opportunities for collaborating with other organizations on new content.

The Board is also keen on reviewing the functioning/productivity of the organization as a whole, including each of the study groups over the next few months (in line with the Study Group policy). There is a plan to allocate a Board Member to each Study Group to facilitate two-way communication, and particularly to support the Study Groups in undertaking activities that will promote our mission and vision.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the 2020 winners of the Young Investigator and Travel Scholarship awards. We are intending to showcase various winners’ work on the MASCC general website and the MASCC annual meeting website over the coming months. The Young Investigator Award recipients will also present their research in person at next year’s annual meeting.

- Andrew 

The Multinational Association of Supportive Cancer Care (MASCC) has published “Supportive care in cancer – a MASCC perspective”

For some years the MASCC Board has recognized the need for a definitive paper that focuses on supportive care in cancer. A group of longstanding MASCC members – Ian Olver, Dorothy Keefe, Jørn Herrstedt, David Warr, Fausto Roila, and Carla Ripamonti – took on this challenge and published “Supportive care in cancer – a MASCC perspective” in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer. "This year sees the 30th anniversary of the formation of MASCC, which makes it timely to review the role of supportive care in oncology practice" says Andrew Davies, MASCC president. "The article highlights the importance of supportive care in facilitating optimal treatment, and equally in maintaining or improving quality of life."

Supportive cancer care is multidisciplinary. It includes all cancer treatment specialties and palliative care as well as those from nursing and allied health. The term supportive care arose from medical oncology literature, recognizing the need to manage the increasing range of side effects of chemotherapy, in addition to managing the symptoms of cancer. Unlike palliative care, which was both a philosophy and became a specialty initially dealing with symptom control in dying patients, supportive care should be practiced by every practitioner who cares for a person with cancer from diagnosis, through the treatment phase, survivorship, and to end-of-life care. Supportive cancer care is multidisciplinary, including all cancer treatment specialties and palliative care as well as those from nursing and allied health.

Supportive care encompasses physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. It is patient centered but also evidenced based, which underpins the need for ongoing research. In addition to research into the more established toxicities of emesis and mucositis, there is increasing research activity into symptoms such as fatigue and cachexia. There is also exploration of non-pharmacological interventions such as exercise. The whole field of survivorship research has extended the support of patients well beyond the treatment phase.

The field continues to evolve. Immunotherapies have required management of a range of new toxicities. In the psychosocial area, the impact of financial toxicity of treatment has been increasingly realized. New tools to aid patient support in eHealth and mHealth allow improved monitoring and feedback from patients.

The importance of MASCC in promoting supportive care to make excellent cancer care possible continues to be essential and grow.

Congratulations to 2020 Young Investigators and Travel Scholarship Award Recipients

2020 Young Investigator Awards 

Every year, MASCC presents the Young Investigator Award (YIA) to recognize outstanding young 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 symposium. Because the 2020 Annual Meeting in Seville, Spain has been postponed until 2021, all awardees will be recognized at the 2021 meeting.

The awardees for 2020 are:

Uttiya Deb, M.B.B.S.
Burdwan Medical College
Burdwan, India

Arjun Gupta, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Emily Lam, BSc
University of Waterloo
Ontario, Canada

Danbee Kang, PhD
Sungkyunkwan University
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Amber Kleckner, PhD

University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York, United States

2020 Travel Scholarship Awards

MASCC is committed to increasing attendance of oncology healthcare professionals from developing countries at its annual meetings. MASCC provides a limited number of travel scholarships for this purpose in cases where attendance would not be possible without financial assistance.

This scholarship is given to oncology healthcare professionals whose practice and/or research focuses on supportive care in cancer, such as physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dental hygienists, and psychologists. Qualified applicants must affirm their inability to attend the meeting without scholarship funds. Because the 2020 Annual Meeting in Seville, Spain has been postponed until 2021, all Travel Scholarship Award recipients will be granted funds to attend the 2021 meeting.

The awardees for 2020 are:

Eugenia Ananeva
Chelyabinsk Regional Center of Oncology
Chelyabinsk, Russia

Marina Calamac, MD
Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia

Samya Dutta, M.B.B.S.
Burdwan Medical College
Burdwan, India

Vesile Yildiz Kabak, PT, PhD
Hacettepe University
Ankara, Turkey

Sundar Kumar Veluswamy, PT, PhD
Department of Physiotherapy, Ramaiah Medical College
Bengaluru, India


Members Invited to Vote for Their Favorite New MASCC Logo!

MASCC welcomes input from our members – so we’re giving you the opportunity to pick the next logo! Our association is always working to make sure we maintain a brand that resonates with our members and keeps us current. As part of our continued efforts to connect with the supportive cancer care community, we are updating our association’s logo.

MASCC is always interested in input from our members – so we’re giving you the opportunity to pick the next logo! Once members have voted on their favorite logo grouping, we will tally up the votes for A, B and C on August 31 and present the top choice in the September newsletter.

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Hemostasis Study Group Shares Recent Publications

The Hemostasis Study Group (HSG) presents a list of its most recent publications (list updated July 2020). Click here for the full list. The HSG keeps up with current guidelines regarding treating cancer patients with bleeding and clotting problems related to their disease; they evaluate current guidelines for merit and deficiencies in providing adequate treatment to cancer patients with coagulation problems; they promote multinational and multidisciplinary cooperative networks among those involved in the care of cancer patients with thrombotic and bleeding complications; and they focus on anticoagulation treatment and quality of life in cancer patients in different settings during the cancer journey.

The HSG is one of several interest groups open to all members, devoted to specific topic areas in supportive cancer care. MASCC members can join up to three study groups. Members of all study groups conduct research, develop practice guidelines, design educational materials for practitioners to share with patients, and work to raise awareness about supportive care issues. Study groups serve as a valuable resource, providing expertise to MASCC members, to other professional medical societies, and to healthcare practitioners generally. Find out more about the benefits of joining a MASCC Study Group and how to join.


COVID-19 Webinar Recording Now Available

Recently, MASCC offered a FREE webinar, “Supportive Care in Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” A panel of MASCC experts led a virtual discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and how healthcare professionals can support them during the pandemic. Topics included next steps after the crisis is resolved; precautions to take in the months ahead with a potential second wave; and impacts on oncology research including ongoing and planned clinical trials. The speakers included MASCC members Speakers: Drs. Paolo Bossi, Florian Scotté, Breffni Hannon, Anant Ramaswamy; Moderator: Dr. Rajesh Lalla.
Click here to view.

This webinar was sponsored by  Alira Health.  

Editor’s Pick: MASCC Members Publish “Uncertainty upon uncertainty: supportive care for cancer and COVID-19” in the MASCC Journal Supportive Care in Cancer

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. 

MASCC members recently published the article “Uncertainty upon uncertainty: supportive care for cancer and COVID-19” in the MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer.  The article addresses the significant negative impact of the current pandemic on the lives of people with cancer, including the struggle to apply data to real-world oncology practice, the heightened uncertainty of cancer patients over the risk of contracting the infection and not being able to receive the recommended cancer treatment, and the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the social support network of cancer patients. 
Read more

Recent Edition of the MASCC Journal Supportive Care in Cancer Features “Resistance exercise and breast cancer–related lymphedema—a systematic review update and meta-analysis”

The MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer recently featured a systematic review update and meta-analysis to analyze resistance exercise (RE) intervention trials in breast cancer survivors (BCS) regarding their effect on breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) status and upper and lower extremity strength.

Summary information from the articles includes:  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women with incidence rates of over a quarter million new cases in the USA and just short of half a million in Europe representing about one third of all new cancer diagnoses in women. Of those patients, about 20 percent develop breast cancer–related lymphedema (BCRL) over the course of their treatment.

Exercise as a part of the current treatment standard of care is a more recent development. Up to the early 2000s, breast cancer survivors (BCS) were advised to refrain from “vigorous, repetitive, or excessive upper body exercise” because of the fear that these physical activities could lead to the development of new or an increase of existing lymphedema. Only some decades ago, Harris and Niesen-Vertommen started to challenge the myth that intensive physical loading of the affected arm side of BCS would lead to either the development of a fresh or the increase of an already existing BCRL. Read more

MASCC Affiliate AICSO Shares Recent Research on Physical Exercise and Cancer Patients

MASCC Member Andreia Capela, MD, of Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia, Espinho Santa Iria de Azoia, Portugal, recently shared the research findings of her OncoMove team on the efficacy of a low-cost community-based supervised exercise program in early breast cancer survivors after primary treatment.  OncoMove is part of the of Association of Oncology Research and Support Care (AICSO), a MASCC affiliate.  AICSO is dedicated to the research, implementation and professional qualification on evidence-based supportive care in oncology.  To read more, click here

Upcoming Conferences

Note: Rescheduling and cancellations occur frequently due to COVID-19. Please double check conference home pages for latest updates.

August 21-22, 2020
RESCHEDULED TO August 20 -21, 2021
Third Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer
Sapporo, Japan

September 8, 10, 15, and 17
Oncology Nursing Society Bridge Conference: Connecting Oncology Resources and Education

September 14-15, 2020
35th International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care - Current Challenges and Possibilities
Tokyo, Japan

September 19-21, 2020
ESMO 2020 Congress - The virtual conference also includes the EONS13 conferenceThe Future of Cancer Nursing in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Madrid, Spain

October 16-18, 2020
17th International Conference on Integrative Oncology
The Science of Living Well with Cancer
Baltimore, Maryland

November 18 – 19, 2020
ECCO - European Cancer Summit 2020: Working Together Against Cancer: Breaking Down Barriers & Saving Lives
Brussels, Belgium

November 19-21, 2020 - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
UKONS Annual Conference
Nursing at the Core of Cancer Care


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For the latest updates on the 2021 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting, see the Annual Meeting Website.

New MASCC Members

A HUGE warm welcome to the new members who joined us in July 2020!

Amy Walsh
Alison Bowers
Helen Almond
Jennifer Mcquillan
Jimma Lenjisa
Kate Edwards
Kate Young
Kerin Young
Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Bishwajit Mazumder

Biplab Halder
Bidhan Shil
Mustafa Sarker
Shaibal Paul
Sreekanto Kumar (ISOO)
Sumon Gharami

Andréa Moreira (ISOO)
Eliane Penha (ISOO)
Rogério Caldas (ISOO)
Paula Silva (ISOO)
Wilber Bernaola-Paredes (ISOO)
Marcia Ramires (ISOO)
Fabiana Granzotto
Fernanda Pigatti
Gabriela Borgo (ISOO)
Geisa Silva (ISOO)
Juliana Monteiro (ISOO)
Karol Sartori Lima (ISOO)
Letícia Guerra (ISOO)
Leila Portela (ISOO)
Leilani Iossi (ISOO)
Luana Laura Da Silva (ISOO)
Luisa Corrêa (ISOO)
Maíra Souza (ISOO)
Mariana Vitor (ISOO)
Michele Lopes (ISOO)
Camila Rossi (ISOO)
Nancy Batista
Norma Lúcia Sampaio
Priscila Andrade (ISOO)
Rafael Dias (ISOO)
Raphael Oliveira (ISOO)
Robson Carvalho
Rosiene Feitoza (ISOO)
Sibelle Faleiro (ISOO)
Vinicius Torregrossa (ISOO)

Ahmed Al-Awamer
Alison Cumming (ISOO)
Brady Eason (ISOO)
Deepika Chugh (ISOO)
Dildora Alimova (ISOO)
Eszter Somogyi-Ganss (ISOO)
Edward Chow
Gilla Shapiro
Iona Leong (ISOO)
Janice Hagel (ISOO)
Jenna Gim (ISOO)
Karen Burgess (ISOO)
Catherine Laliberte (ISOO)
Leah Van Draanen (ISOO)
Mara De Simone
Michael Ojoleck (ISOO)
Nasreen Saleem
Nathan Lee (ISOO)
Pamela Barias (ISOO)
Bruno Pelletier (ISOO)
Pamela Mosher
Rebecca Rodin (ISOO)
Reid Friesen (ISOO)
Sabrina Primiano
Samson Ng (ISOO)
Saeed Moradian
Felipe Sperandio (ISOO)
Tien Loc Pham (ISOO)
Yvonne Ly (ISOO)

Xi Wang
Yu Liu

Charlotte Pedersen (ISOO)
Daniella Mikkelsen
Jeanette Andersen (ISOO)
Lise Thisted (ISOO)
Lise Mikkelsen

El Salvador
Florence Cuadra Zelaya (ISOO)

Christina Winkler

Cynthia Akuoko
Naomi Ohene Oti

Efthimios Dardiotis
Eleni Arvanitou

Ajay Yadav
Ashwini M R
Shilpa Bijoor
Dipti Singh
Sadik Mohammed
Manoj Kamal
Irum Jawaid
Linu Sara George
Malathi Nayak
Mamatha Pai
Ranjani Palanisamy
Ravikiran Ongole

Akihiko Osaki
Akira Tanuma
Ayako Nakame
Eiichi Sato
Yasuhito Fujisaka
Hiroko Shimada
Satoshi Hirakawa
Hiroaki Kawashima
Nami Kondo
Ikuko Sugitani
Kiyotaka Watanabe
Minoru Yoshida
Nozomu Machida
Atsushi Sato
Takenori Takahata
Takefumi Nishimoto
Yuichi Takiguchi
Hitoshi Tanimukai
Toru Mukohara
Yasuhito Uezono
Yurika Uchida
Hironori Yamaguchi
Yoshihiro Ogawa
Yosuke Uchitomi

Korea, Republic of
Ji Hye Hwang

Yanin Chavarri-Guerra

Aisha Al-Jamaei
Annemie Galimont-Collen
Chantal Lammens (ISOO)
Celine Melgers
Dounya Schoormans
Evelien Vos-Kerkhof
Iris Walraven
Anette Pet
John Paulissen
Juliette Stolze (ISOO)
Lonneke Van De Poll-Franse
Lucky Van Gennip
Marlou Boor
M.M.C. Komen
Maria Eenbergen
Miranda Velthuis
Marcella Poelman
Marie-Charlotte Huysmans
Marjolein Bulthuis
Nicole Ezendam
Saskia Duijts
Silvie Janssen
Vivian Burgers
Vashti Tromp
Mirjam Velting
Yannick Elshot

New Zealand
Mariah Adams

Mari Joanne Joson

Sebastian Szmit

Augusta Cardoso

Azael Freites-Martinez
Jose Luis Cebrian Carretero (ISOO)

Hermann Reichegger
Simona Perano

United Kingdom
Daniel Monnery
Isabel White
Karen Poole (ISOO)
Mary Tanay
Mhairi Simpson
Renske Visser

United States
Ahmet Hoke
Amy Compston
Andrew Albright
Brian Ralph (ISOO)
Carlin Callaway
Claudia Martin Diaz
Christina Nadeau
Curt Haase
Elizabeth Cathcart-Rake
Karen Hock
Kelly Gast
Kevin Hendler (ISOO)
Maaheen Khalid (ISOO)
Mazie Tsang
Meagan Miller
Melanie Ricketts
Michael Berger
Natalie Garces
Cynthia Rybczyk (ISOO)
Sarah Wall
Stephanie Folan
Tara Miller
Timothy Brown

Future Meetings
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The MASCC Society News is prepared by the MASCC Communications Manager Angela Perez and the MASCC Website Manager Beth Hollen. If you have any ideas for content or other comments about Society News, please email Angela Perez at [email protected].

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