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MASCC Society News - February Issue

February 2019

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From the Editor

This month, we're pleased to highlight some features of this year's Annual Meeting: its four themes, each one reflected in several sessions led by world experts, and a New Members Breakfast. This issue also includes news of three MASCC award programs: Outstanding Study Group and Study Group Leader Awards, MASCC-Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer, and the annual Distinguished Service Award. Note the deadline of April 1 for DSA nominations! MASCC President Raj Lalla, DDS, PhD, discusses MASCC's efforts to recognize outstanding work within and outside the MASCC community. As usual, we include upcoming conference reminders. We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in December. 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,

This issue of the Society News contains information on three MASCC programs to recognize outstanding efforts in supportive care in cancer, two of them new.

First, a new award has been established to recognize outstanding work by MASCC Study Groups and Study Group Leaders. Projects carried out by our Study Groups result in clinical practice guidelines, position papers, publications, and other products that advance supportive care in cancer. It is therefore fitting that we recognize excellent work by our Study Groups and the leaders that drive those efforts.

Second, a new program has been established by which MASCC will certify Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer around the world. The goal of this program is to improve patient care by recognizing centers and departments that provide top-notch supportive care services in oncology. By setting the standards for integration of supportive care in oncology services and recognizing centers that meet those standards, MASCC is seeking to encourage other centers to follow the example set by these role models. This is an important step in promoting recognition of the importance of supportive care in cancer to patient well-being. Many thanks to MASCC Board Member Carla Ripamonti, MD, for her leadership and hard work on this initiative.

The third recognition program mentioned in this issue is the MASCC Distinguished Service Award. This is MASCC's highest honor and recognizes exemplary contributions to MASCC and to supportive care in cancer. The high standards for this award are epitomized by our most recent recipient, Charles Loprinzi, MD, as well as by the previous awardees. I look forward to honoring our next winner in San Francisco.

In closing, I leave you with the words of Khalil Gibran: "All work is empty save when there is love, for work is love made visible."

Best Wishes,

Outstanding Study Group and Study Group Leader Awards

The Outstanding Study Group Award recognizes a Study Group's excellence and outstanding achievement in promoting, activating, and executing activity within the SG. The Outstanding Study Group Leader Award recognizes the principal driver of the main project that led to the Study Group's recognition and award. See the Study Group Award Policy for eligibility criteria and selection process.



MASCC to Recognize Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

This month, MASCC initiates a certification program to recognize oncology centers that demonstrate best practices in supportive cancer care. Such Centers will be designated by MASCC as Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. The purpose of this initiative is to promote and recognize cancer care centers around the world that are successfully integrating oncology and supportive services. Centers will be recognized for upholding high standards and providing comprehensive services in supportive cancer care. MASCC-designated Centers of Excellence may use the title "A MASCC-Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer" and may use the MASCC logo on marketing and advertising materials. Any cancer center or department may apply for MASCC certification and there is no fee to do so. Certification criteria include a supportive care focus in clinical activities, research, and educational initiatives, as well as adherence to international guidelines. read more

Distinguished Service Award Nominations
Deadline: April 1, 2019

The MASCC Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes meritorious achievement, exemplary leadership, and outstanding contributions to MASCC and its mission. Any MASCC member can nominate a candidate for this award. Nominees must be current members of MASCC in good standing and must have made a significant contribution to research, education, and/or clinical supportive care in cancer. The DSA is presented each year at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. The most recent recipients include Charles Loprinzi (2018), David Warr (2017), Matti Aapro (2016), Jørn Herrstedt (2015), Dorothy Keefe (2014), Declan Walsh (2013), and Paul Hesketh (2012). Nominations for the 2019 DSA are due by April 1st. See the award policy, selection process, and nomination form at MASCC Policies and Forms.

2019 MASCC/ISOO Meeting Themes - Digital Health | Sexual Health | Treatment Toxicities | Cancer Survivorship

This year's Annual Meeting will feature four themes of critical importance in supportive care: Digital health applications, sexual health, new toxicities arising from new treatments, and issues faced by cancer survivors. These themes are reflected in plenary sessions, parallel sessions, and workshops throughout the meeting. 

The 2019 Annual Meeting will feature four themes of critical importance in supportive care: digital health applications, sexual health, new toxicities arising from new treatments, and cancer survivorship. These themes are reflected in plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops, discussions and debates. Digital health concerns the intersection of technology and supportive care, from devices and AI to teleoncology and the myriad ways that new information and communication technologies can help meet the challenges of people with cancer. Sexual health topics will include treatment strategies for sexual problems and dysfunction in adolescent and young adult patients and survivors, as well as sexual issues in partners of cancer patients. Advances in pharmacological and cellular treatments, as well as radiotherapy, have resulted in dramatic benefits for cancer patients, but also in new toxicities. Various sessions will address basic mechanisms and emergencies, numerous complications of immunotherapies, and patient-provider communication. Cancer survivorship sessions will address issues among children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elderly survivors. A workshop on technological advances and emerging strategies will include ways to enhance self-management through mobile health options and innovative technologies for optimizing symptom management and toxicity assessment. read more

Annual Meeting Preview: New Members Networking Breakfast

The 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting will feature a New Members Networking Breakfast, an informal opportunity to meet supportive care experts and build linkages across disciplines and generations. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about MASCC members and share your own ideas and research. (By invitation only.)  read more 

Webinar: The Cachexia Clinic - Building a Supportive Care Necessity
Presented by MASCC's Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group: February 26, 2019

The Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group is pleased to offer a webinar on establishing a successful cachexia clinic. The webinar will present information and practical considerations for building and operating a cachexia clinic within a cancer center. The speakers are experienced in establishing and sustaining cachexia and nutrition clinics for patients with cancer. The following topics will be featured:

  • Service and team composition 
  • Making the case for a clinic 
  • Assessment: screening, and opportunities for intervention, nutrition, function 
  • Management: integrating evidence, guidelines, and opinions 
  • Outcome measures and best metrics

Speakers are Egidio Del Fabbro, MD (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA), Rony Dev MD (MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA), and Liz Isenring, PhD (Bond Institute of Health and Science, Queensland, Australia).

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 26th, at 6:00 pm EST. The cost is $5 for MASCC members and $10 for nonmembers. To register, click here.

World Cancer Day - February 4th

World Cancer Day is a global observance that helps raise people's awareness of cancer and how to prevent, detect, and treat it. This event is held each year on February 4th - a time when people, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations work together to help the general public learn more about the different types of cancer, as well as prevention, treatment, and support. The 2019-2021 campaign theme, "I Am and I Will," stresses empowerment and personal commitment and is intended to inspire change and mobilize action long after the official day has passed. This is also a good time to help spread the word about the importance of supportive cancer care, both for people living with cancer and their caregivers.


See the Research Positions page on the MASCC website for news about available research positions in supportive cancer care. And let us know if you have a supportive cancer care position opening for a trainee, fellow, or senior scientist.

Upcoming Conferences

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

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

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

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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:

Regular Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019

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

Complimentary Registrations to ONS Congress

The Oncology Nursing Society has offered MASCC two complimentary registrations to its 2019 Annual Congress, to be held April 11-14 in Anaheim, California, USA. First come, first served. Please email Melissa Chin if you are interested.

New MASCC Members

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

Jacqueline Bloomfield
Pauline Rose

Julia Bruno
Gabriela Chicrala

Doris Howell
Erin Watson

Birgitte T. Espersen
Mary Jarden
Karin Piil

Radhika Pai

Dalit Porat Ben Amy

Nataliia Dementieva

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.

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

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, TBA, 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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