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MASCC Society News - December Issue

December 2018

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From the Editor

This month, we bring you news of several recent meetings that have included a focus on supportive cancer care. MASCC President Raj Lalla, DDS, PhD, discusses MASCC Study Groups, our new Study Group policy, and a new award to recognize outstanding Study Groups and their leaders. We include a Letter from Christopher Steer, MBBS, FRACP, about the goals of the geriatric oncology community and the legacy of Arti Hurria, MD, a leader in the field who died tragically in early November. Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, DrDent, has provided a research update based on papers presented at the recent International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws.

We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in October. 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,

One of the most valuable aspects of MASCC membership is the opportunity to be involved in our Study Groups. We currently have 16 Study Groups, each devoted to a specific topic area in supportive care in cancer. It is in our Study Groups that much of the work of MASCC takes place. Study Groups also provide a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world who share your areas of interest.

I am pleased to report that a new policy document governing MASCC Study Groups was recently finalized. This document updates and clarifies several important issues related to MASCC support of Study Groups, as well as the composition, terms, and expectations of Study Group leaders. In addition, it describes a process whereby new Study Groups can be set up to focus on emerging areas of interest and the benchmarks for success of existing and new groups. You can read the full Study Group Policy on the website. It is also very important to recognize Study Groups and project leaders who are doing an exceptional job. Therefore, we are planning to institute a new award for outstanding work by Study Groups and their leaders. Taken together, these changes will enhance the success of our Study Groups, increase their value to MASCC members, and further advance the field of supportive care in cancer.

In closing, I wish you a peaceful and healthy end of year and holiday season. Thank you for being a part of the MASCC family. We appreciate your commitment to MASCC and to supportive care in cancer.

Best Wishes,

Geriatric Oncology: Becoming Mainstream Cancer Care
International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) Annual Conference

The 18th Annual Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) was held on November 16-18 in Amsterdam, with a theme of "Geriatric Oncology - Becoming Mainstream Cancer Care." This year's conference was attended by 523 participants, the highest attendance yet, representing 41 countries. Attendees included oncologists, researchers, clinical practitioners, geriatricians, radiologists, psychologists, nutritionists, nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as senior cancer survivor advocates. The conference featured a MASCC/SIOG Joint Session: "Supportive Care in Older Adults with Cancer in 2018: What Does It Look Like?" chaired by Andrew Davies, MD, and Christopher Steer, MBBS, FRACP.  read more

Letter from Christopher Steer, MBBS, FRACP

Christopher Steer shares reflections on the 2018 SIOG meeting, goals of the geriatric oncology community and the legacy of Arti Hurria, MD, a leader in the field who died tragically in early November. Says Steer, The global oncology community will feel the loss of Arti Hurria for years to come, but her death has galvanized those of us in the field to realize her vision and improve the care of all older adults with cancer. While we know that "supportive care makes excellent cancer care possible," it is the mantra of those working in the field of geriatric oncology that "adequate assessment yields appropriate treatment."  read more



2018 Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium  •  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The 2018 Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium was held at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on October 26th and 27th, 2018 under the direction of MASCC member Mario E. Lacouture, MD. More than 310 people, representing 8 different countries, attended the Symposium this year. The Symposium was designed to provide up-to-date information on adverse event mechanisms and management concerning the most commonly affected organ systems with the goals of increasing knowledge about grading adverse events, understanding their mechanisms to improve intervention, and increasing awareness of clinical tools to assess treatment-related toxicities. Several MASCC members were among the faculty which considered a wide range of adverse events.  read more

ASCO Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium "Patient-Centered Care Across the Cancer Continuum"

The ASCO Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium was held November 16-17 in San Diego, California. This annual Symposium, co-sponsored by MASCC, provides information vital to the entire cancer care continuum, from research on biologic mechanisms of symptoms to caring for patients' psychosocial and spiritual needs during cancer treatment and at the end of life. Topics included the training of oncology clinicians in palliative care skills, new approaches to addressing old symptoms, the opioid debate, caregiver and patient narratives at the end of life, immunotherapeutic quandaries, and financial toxicity during treatment and beyond. Several MASCC members were among the speakers and moderators, and MASCC had a booth in the Exhibit Hall.  read more

David Warr, MD: Spreading the Word about Supportive Care

MASCC member and Past President David Warr, MD, recently gave two presentations at the 17th Annual Shaukat Khanum Cancer Symposium, held in Lahore, Pakistan, November 2-4, 2018: "Evolving Concepts of Supportive Care in the (Neo)Adjuvant Setting" and "Breast Cancer and Oncofertility." Among the issues David discussed was the distinction between supportive and palliative care, stressing the MASCC ideal of supportive care. He also discussed supportive care best practices in the adjuvant setting, including antiemetics, pain, febrile neutropenia, and alopecia. Through numerous examples, David stressed the importance of supportive care as an integral part of treatment to maintain to patients' wellbeing, even in the early stages of cancer treatment. Introducing strategies to alleviate physical and psychological effects of the disease can improve both treatment outcomes and quality of life.  read more

Second International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws (MRONJ)

The Second International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws (MRONJ) took place in Copenhagen on November 2, 2018 and was attended by 105 healthcare professionals. Two MASCC members were among the speakers: Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, DrDent, Chair of MASCC's Bone and Musculoskeletal Study Group and Bente Brokstad Herlofson, DDS, PhD, a Study Group member. Among other topics, the symposium included the following:  definition, classification, epidemiology, and clinical manifestations of MRONJ; imaging; treatment; periodontal and periapical disease and osteonecrosis; exposed and non-exposed MRONJ; tooth extractions, drug holiday, tyrosine kinase inhibitors and their role in MRONJ; education of healthcare providers.  read more

Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws (MRONJ): An Update by Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, DrDent, Chair of the Bone & Musculoskeletal Study Group

The development of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) was highlighted as a growing epidemic at the recent International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws in Copenhagen. For the benefit our MASCC members, Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, DrDent, Chair of the Bone & Musculoskeletal Study Group, provides an update based on papers presented at the meeting and recent publications. She discusses the definition and staging of MRONJ, as well as prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, best practice, and education.  read more

Upcoming Conferences

December 15, 2018
ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress 2018 Satellite Symposium
"Harnessing the Power of Immunotherapy in Advanced NSCLC: How Do We Navigate the Increasingly Complex Patient Pathway without an Oncogenic Driver?"
Geneva, Switzerland

March 21-22, 2019
Supportive & Palliative Care Conference Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland
Harrogate HG1 5LA, UK

March 21-23, 2019
NCCN Annual Conference Improving the Quality, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Cancer Care
Orlando, Florida, USA
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 7

March 29-30, 2019
Anaemia, Neutropenia, Thrombosis, and Cancer Course
Vienna, Austria

April 11-14, 2019
ONS 44th Annual Congress
Anaheim, California, USA
Late-breaking Abstract Submission:
December 10, 2018 - January 10, 2019 

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MASCC Annual Meeting 2019

Plan Ahead for 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.

Note these abstract submission deadlines:

Early Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2018

Regular Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019

Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

New MASCC Members

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

Annick Vandeveire

Huiping Chen
Zetao Zhang

Marilne Filbet
Coralie Prebet

Suresh Advani
Devavrat Arya
Jyoti Bajpai
Sagar Bhagat
Gullmohammad Bhatt Avinash Deo
Seema Gulia
Nagraj Huilgol
Amit Joshi
Shruti Kate
Jovitha Martin
Samit Purohit
Anant Ramaswamy
Rakesh Roy
Lalit Sharma
Priya Tiwari
Arun Warrier

Jimmy Billod

Andre Fernandes
Beatriz Gosalbez
Sara Torcato Parreira

Russian Federation
Anton Krutov
Oleg Zaozerskii

Kevin Molina Mata

Amel Mohamed

United Kingdom
Amelie Harle
Nadia Yousaf

United States
Julia Cook
Kristin Dickinson
Kimberly George
Jessica Krok-Schoen
Robin Lally
Amy MacKenzie
Zev Nakamura
Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters
Michael Stubblefield

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.

And join the MASCC buzzing online community on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to hear the latest important news and converse with many colleagues who share your interests. 

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.

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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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Future MASCC Meetings
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June 21-23, 2019
San Francisco, California, USA

June 25-27, 2020
Seville, Spain

June, TBA, 2021
Yokohama, Japan

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