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MASCC Society News - December Issue

December 2019

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From the Editor

This month, MASCC President Dr. Rajesh Lalla announces MASCC’s newest affiliate, the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC). We congratulate Karen Mustian, PhD, MS, MPH, ACSM, FSBM, on having received the 2019 Debra Sivesind Career Award for her contributions to supportive cancer care. We have reports on recent supportive care meetings: the 2019 JASCC meeting in Aomori, Japan; the 2019 Best of MASCC India meeting in Mumbai; and the Third International Symposium held by the Russian Society of Supportive Care in Oncology, held in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation. We bring you news of a cross-Canada initiative devoted to the management of cancer pain. In this issue, we also continue our exploration of MASCC and Social Media with “Part II: MASCC’s Social Media Strategy.” Also, please note below the approaching deadline for nominations to MASCC’s Board of Directors!

As usual, we include several conference reminders and deadlines. We extend a warm welcome to 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 (after 2013) can be found in the back pages of our journal, Supportive Care in Cancer.

~ Toni Clark, Editor

REMINDER: MASCC Board of Directors Nominations Due December 30, 2019

The term of the current MASCC Board ends just before the Seville meeting in June 2020. We need you to become involved in submitting nominations for the new MASCC Board. We want the new Board of Directors to represent the finest leaders in the field, and we need your input to make this happen!

In the interest of maintaining the diversity and vitality of our Board, we encourage you to consider young investigators and leaders in MASCC, as well as being mindful of geographic representation, gender equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

MASCC members can nominate other MASCC members or themselves for the two-year term beginning in June 2020. To see the MASCC Board Nominations Selection Criteria and Nomination Form, click here. Submit your recommendation(s) to Executive Director Melissa Chin no later than Monday, December 30, 2019.

Message from the President,
Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC) has signed an agreement to become an affiliate of MASCC. JASCC is the single largest national-level cancer supportive care organization in the world with several hundred members. JASCC is also a very well-organized and well-developed association, with Study Groups dedicated to numerous supportive care topics, similar to those of MASCC. JASCC organizes an annual conference in Japan dedicated to supportive care in cancer. I had the privilege of participating in this year’s JASCC Annual Meeting in Aomori, which was attended by over 1,000 mostly Japanese delegates! I am therefore quite enthused about our affiliation, which will advance several avenues of collaboration between JASCC and MASCC. Chief among these will be our joint conference in Yokohama, Japan in 2021. We look forward to welcoming our JASCC colleagues into MASCC and working together to strengthen supportive care in cancer.

I would like to thank JASCC President, Dr. Kazuo Tamura, who is also a MASCC Board member, and his colleagues on the JASCC Board for their trust and collaborative spirit in working with us on this agreement. I also acknowledge the contributions of MASCC Past-President Dr. Ian Olver, who sowed the seeds of this relationship that have today flowered into this beautiful partnership between JASCC and MASCC.


Karen Mustian Receives the 2019 Debra Sivesind Career Award

Karen Mustian, PhD, MS, MPH, ACSM, FSBM, received the 2019 Debra Sivesind Career Award for her outstanding contributions to symptom management in cancer patients and survivors. The award was presented by Eduardo Bruera, MD on October 18th at the 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Mustian is a Dean’s Professor of Oncology in the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, USA. She is also Co-Director for Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Cancer Control and Supportive Care Research Program, and MPI and Co-Director of the University of Rochester Cancer Center National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program Research Base. She delivered the Award Lecture, “Treatment of Cancer-Related Fatigue in Advanced Patients: What Can We Do Now?” Read more.

MASCC’s Newest Affiliate:
Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC)

In November 2019, the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC) became MASCC’s newest affiliate. This affiliation allows for joint membership in both organizations with all membership benefits. JASCC is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing science and education in supportive cancer care. Founded in 2015, JASCC promotes safe and effective supportive care through multidisciplinary research, education, publications, and scientific meetings. Specific aims include the education of patients about cancer and disease prognosis, alleviation of the symptoms and complications of cancer, prevention or reduction of treatment toxicities, psychological issues for patients and caregivers, and psychosocial support for cancer survivors. JASCC is directed by President Kazuo Tamura, MD, PhD, and Vice President Toshiaki Saeki, MD, PhD. Read more.


4th Annual Meeting of JASCC Held in Aomori, Japan, September 2019

The 4th Annual Meeting of JASCC, held on September 6th and 7th in Aomori, Japan, was attended by more than 1000 delegates and featured programs for medical professionals, as well as lectures for cancer survivors and the general public. The program featured plenary sessions, workshops, invited presentations, Study Group activities, and a JASCC-MASCC Joint Session chaired by MASCC President Rajesh V. Lalla, DDS, PhD, and JASCC President Kazuo Tamura, MD, PhD, who is also a MASCC Board member. MASCC member Matti S. Aapro, MD, served as Special Advisor for the session. JASCC and MASCC both look forward to a joint Annual Meeting, June 24-26, 2021, in Yokohama. Save the date! Read more.

2019 Best of MASCC India

The second Best of MASCC India meeting, hosted by the Indian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (IASCC), was held September 14-15, 2019 at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and included more than 130 attendees. IASCC, a subdivision of Nag Foundation, a public charitable trust in Pune, Maharashtra, India, became a MASCC affiliate in May 2019. The meeting was organized by IASCC President Dinesh C. Doval, MD, DM, and Vice-Presidents Sudeep Gupta, MD, DM, and Shona Nag, MD, along with organizing secretaries Vikas Ostwal, MD, DM, Anant Ramaswamy, MD, DM, and Anant Gokam, MD, DM. The range of subjects included numerous side effects of cancer therapies, psychosocial and sexual issues, devices and prostheses, digital health and AI in supportive care, and pharmaco-economics. A dinner meeting focused on the best of MASCC presentations on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Read more

Report from RASSC:
Third International Symposium, “Supportive Therapy in Oncology: From Theory to Practice”

The Russian Society of Supportive Care in Oncology (RASSC) held its third International Symposium, “Supportive Therapy in Oncology: From Theory to Practice,” in Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation, on October 4th, 2019. The Symposium brought together more than 170 specialists engaged in the treatment of cancer patients throughout the region. Doctors, students, and residents learned about recent advances and the range of national and global opportunities in supportive oncology. This year, the Symposium gained international status following the signing, in June 2019, of an affiliation agreement between RASSC and MASCC.

At the meeting, special attention was given to the issues of psychological support for cancer patients, as well as their healthcare providers and their families. Other topics included fertility preservation and pregnancy safety, implementation of peritoneal port systems, and prevention and treatment of adverse events associated with immunotherapy and targeted therapies. Speakers included, among others, Anton Snegovoy, MD, PhD, DSc, RASSC Chairman of the Board, and Inessa Kononenko, PhD, RASSC Executive Director, and MASCC member Matti S. Aapro, MD. Read more.


Managing Cancer Pain in the Opioid Crisis: A Cross-Canada Initiative

The current opioid crisis and efforts to curb it may be contributing to inadequate cancer pain management. This was the core takeaway of the first step in a national initiative in Canada to investigate the impact of the opioid crisis on cancer pain management and develop a research agenda to address it. Members of a 41-member international and multidisciplinary team convened in two recent meetings, one in Vancouver, British Columbia (September 16-17, 2019), and one in Montréal, Quebec (September 19-20, 2019) that brought together oncology clinicians and researchers, along with patients, caregivers, and patient advocates. MASCC member Lynn Gauthier, PhD, is Co-Leader of the team, along with Drs. Christine Chambers, Lucia Gagliese, Bruno Gagnon, and Philippa Hawley. Discussions included the clinical realities of managing cancer pain in the midst of the opioid crisis, patient and caregiver experiences, at-risk populations, genetics, psychological comorbidities, substance use, cognitive impairment, and other treatments. The team identified several critical next steps in the program. If you are interested in joining the team, contact Lynn Gauthier for more information. Read more.

MASCC and Social Media, Part II: MASCC’s Social Media Strategy

MASCC’s social media strategy, initiated in June 2017 and developed by MASCC’s Information and Communications Committee, addresses the numerous ways in which social media can be used to advance the knowledge of supportive cancer care, connect with professionals and patients alike, and increase MASCC’s visibility and authority as the prime international and multidisciplinary organization devoted to supportive care in cancer. In 2017-2018, a Social Media Working Group led by Committee Chair Anna Boltong, PhD, produced a Social Media Toolkit comprising a Social Media Strategy Guide and a Twitter Quick Guide, documents intended to help MASCC members promote MASCC’s global presence. These documents provide a wealth of practical advice and best practices for using major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Also, the 2018 and 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meetings included sessions on the importance and use of social media.

Having a social media strategy means specifying goals, identifying target audiences, finding out how best to reach each audience, tailoring content for the greatest impact, monitoring progress, and measuring success. The Information and Communications Committee is continuing its efforts to articulate MASCC’s position and improve its use of major social media platforms. MASCC also seeks to advance its social media presence through the identification of key MASCC members to serve as social media ambassadors and Study Group leads who will promote their Study Groups’ work through social media channels. To participate in this effort, it is not necessary to be a social media expert. Rather, MASCC welcomes members who can help drive content to MASCC’s professional conference organizer, MCI. If you are interested in helping MASCC in this effort, please contact us at [email protected]. Read more.

Post-Doc Opportunity

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The NCI-Supported Clinical Research Training in Cancer Control Program at the University of Rochester provides post-doctoral MD or PhD researchers with knowledge and experience to establish careers as outstanding independent investigators in cancer control and prevention research. For more information, see Or contact Program Directors, Drs. Michelle Janelsins and Gary Morrow, or Program Director Kate Kessler, at [email protected].

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December 5-6, 2019
9th Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting
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December 11-14, 2019
ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

February 20-21, 2020
ICCN 2020: 14th International Conference on Cancer Nursing
Paris, France

March 9-10, 2020
Grandangolo in Oncologia
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Bologna, Italy
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NCCN Annual Congress
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Orlando, Florida, USA

March 27-28, 2020
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April 29 – May 3, 2020
ONS 45th Annual Congress
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August 21-22, 2020
Third Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer
Sapporo, Japan

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

September 18-22, 2020
ESMO 2020 Congress
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