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MASCC Society News - July Issue

July 2018

From the Editor

This month, we are pleased and excited to introduce MASCC's new President for the 2018-2020 term, Rajesh (Raj) Lalla. Raj has also added a message of his own to all MASCC members. We bring you highlights of our recent Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria, with all the award winners and lots of photos. As usual, we include several conference reminders and deadlines. We extend a warm welcome to new members who joined us in May. 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

Introducing MASCC's New President, Raj Lalla

Raj Lalla

Rajesh V. Lalla, DDS, PhD, took office as MASCC's new President at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria in June, succeeding Ian Olver, who has served as President since June 2016.

Raj is an Associate Professor of Oral Medicine (soon to be Professor) and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Farmington, Connecticut, USA, where he is actively involved in clinical care, teaching, and research. His teaching areas include oral medicine and evidence-based decision making. His main research focus is on oral complications of cancer therapy. Recent research activities include an NIH-funded multicenter study on oral complications after chemo-radiation for head and neck cancer, as well as studies testing interventions for oral mucositis. He has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (US), the American Cancer Society, and the Donaghue Foundation, as well as from industry, and has published more than 85 peer-reviewed scientific articles or book chapters, many of which deal with oral complications in cancer patients. Raj serves on several UConn committees and is a past Chair of the Institutional Review Board, which oversees the conduct of clinical research. He is a frequent speaker on oral complications of cancer treatment at the national and international levels and has served as a peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals as well as for NIH. Raj received a highly competitive full scholarship to participate in the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute in 2014-2015 and has also earned a certificate in Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals from Cornell University (online).

Raj has served on MASCC's Board of Directors since 2012 and on the Executive Committee as MASCC Treasurer and, most recently, President-Elect. He is a past Chair of the Mucositis Study Group, where he led the development and publication of the 2014 MASCC/ISOO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Mucositis Secondary to Cancer Therapy. Raj is a member of the Mucositis, Oral Care, and Bone Study Groups.

A Message from Raj Lalla

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as MASCC's President. I am especially honored to be the first nonphysician to serve in this role in the 25+ year history of MASCC. I think this speaks volumes about the truly multidisciplinary nature of our society and the respect we give to all health professionals who contribute to the supportive care of patients with cancer.

I attended my first MASCC/ISOO meeting in Boston in 2002, at the suggestion of Doug Peterson. Since then, I have attended every Annual Meeting to date. In MASCC and ISOO, I found a very special home, where talented colleagues from all over the world come together to advance supportive care in cancer. This society has given me much over the years - from professional opportunities to personal friendships. I am happy to give back by serving as MASCC President.

I both teach and practice evidence-based decision making so that is what I promise you during my presidency. However, my data-driven approach will be combined with the soft skills and diplomacy needed to lead and represent an international multicultural organization.

I acknowledge and thank Immediate Past-President Ian Olver for the progress made during his tenure. In future communications, I will discuss specific initiatives I would like to pursue, working with the MASCC Board and staff. I encourage you to send me your suggestions at [email protected]. For now, I leave you with this quote from the Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu (sixth century B.C.):

True leaders are hardly known to their followers. Next after them are the leaders that people know and admire; after them, those they fear; after them, those they despise. To give no trust is to get no trust. When the work's done right, with no fuss or boasting, ordinary people say, "Oh, we did it."

Sincerely, Raj


The 2018 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria included an exciting program of presentations, workshops, and discussions on treatments and techniques for minimizing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments. As always, the meeting also included a diverse array of presentations on the psychological, social, economic, and spiritual dimensions of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Program Chair Rachel Gibson welcomed 1,254 delegates, representing 61 countries, and this number includes 122 new MASCC members.

The meeting featured three plenary sessions and 26 parallel sessions. Other events included five pre-conference Study Group Workshops with 219 participants, E-poster presentations, a New Members Reception, an Awards Ceremony, and the Presidential Dinner and MASCCuerade Ball - affording numerous opportunities to meet colleagues from around the world.  More at Meeting Highlights and Awards

Charles Loprinzi Awarded MASCC's Distinguished Service Award

Charles LoprinziCharles L. Loprinzi, MD, is the recipient of MASCC's 2018 Distinguished Service Award. The DSA, MASCC's highest honor, is made in recognition of meritorious achievement and outstanding contributions to the society. Candidates are nominated by their peers in recognition of exemplary leadership and accomplishments in support of MASCC's mission and goals. read more



Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award - Carryn Anderson, USA

Carryn AndersonCarryn Anderson, MD, was awarded the Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award for her research on reducing chemoradiotherapy-induced severe oral mucositis in patients with oral cavity or oropharyngeal carcinoma. The Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award is reserved for the author of the highest-ranking abstract submitted to the Annual Meeting and rewards demonstrated excellence in supportive care in cancer. read more





Outstanding Young Investigator Award - Chia Jie Tan, Singapore
Chia Jie Tan has been recognized as this year's Outstanding Young Investigator for his research on the association between a brain-derived neurotrophic factor single nucleotide polymorphism and cognitive function following chemotherapy. Tan's award-winning abstract is titled "Protective Effect of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Genetic Polymorphism (RS6265) Against Chemotherapy-Related Cognitive Decline in Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients: A Validation Study." read more 

Congratulations to all of the other Young Investigators who received awards this year!

Salome Adam (Switzerland) - The Association of Cancer-Related Fatigue with All-Cause Mortality of Colorectal and Endometrial Cancer Survivors: A Population-Based Study

Lawson Eng (Canada) - Cancer Care-Related Social Media and Internet Usage Differences between Age Groups among Patients with Cancer

Daisuke Makiura (Japan) - The Effect of Prehabilitation on Preoperative Functional Capacity, Symptom Burden, and Postoperative Complications in Esophageal Cancer Surgery

Vladimir Poroch (Romania) - Early Independent Prediction of Anthracycline-Induced Cardiomyopathy by N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide

Venkatraman Radhakrishnan (India) - Intravenous Fosaprepitant for the Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Vomiting in Children: A Randomized, Phase 3 Trial

Jolien Robijns (Belgium) - Photobiomodulation Therapy Prevents Severe Acute Radiodermatitis: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Breast Cancer Patients with Clinical and Objective Outcome Measures

Alexandra Rzepecki (USA) - Nasal Colonization with Staphylococcus Aureus Before Radiotherapy Predicts Radiation Dermatitis: A Prospective Study

Yi Long Toh (Singapore) - Leptin as a Predictive Biomarker for the Onset of Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Prospective Cohort Study

Canhua Xiao (USA) - The Association between Glucocorticoid Receptor Sensitivity and Fatigue in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer


Travel scholarships are awarded to applicants from developing countries to help cover travel expenses to attend the MASCC Annual Meeting. This year's recipients were Jerickson Abbie Flores (Philippines), Maria Fidelis Manalo (Philippines), Seema Mishra (India), and Tatiana Nikitina (Russia). 

Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship Winner
Paulina Ackley Akpan-IdioK, Nigeria

From among the Travel Scholarship applicants, the highest-ranking nurse applicant is awarded the Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship. This year, the award went to Paulina Ackley Akpan-IdioK, PhD, of Nigeria, for her abstract titled "Influence of Supportive Intervention on Caregiving Burden among Cancer Caregivers in Two Selected Primary Health Centres in Odukpani, Cross River State, Nigeria."

Fatigue Study Group Awards
Each year, the Fatigue Study Group selects two outstanding young investigators from among the fatigue-related research abstracts submitted to the meeting.

Fatigue Study Group's Outstanding Trainee Research Award - Julia Inglis, USA
This year, Julia Inglis, PhD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, was awarded the Fatigue Study Group's Outstanding Trainee Research Award for her abstract titled "A Longitudinal Assessment to Evaluate the Impact of Higher Body Mass Index on Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy."

Fatigue Study Groups Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award - Carlos Fernandez, USA
Carlos Fernandez, MD, of the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, USA received the Fatigue Study Groups Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award for his abstract titled "Cancer-Related Fatigue: Perception of Effort or Task Failure?"

Distinguished Scientific Laureate - Karin Olson, Canada
In addition, this year the Fatigue Study Group named Karin Olson, PhD, of the University of Alberta, its Distinguished Scientific Laureate.

Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group Awards
This year, the Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group conferred three awards for outstanding research.

The Best Abstract Award 2018 (Junior Faculty Member)
  - Jacqui Frowen, Australia
  - Micah Peters, Australia

The Best Abstract Award 2018 (Junior Faculty Member) was presented to two Study Group members: Jacqui Frowen, PhD, of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for her abstract titled "Prevalence of Patient-Reported Dysphagia and Oral Complications in Cancer Patients: An Australian Study" and Micah Peters, PhD, of the University of South Australia, Adelaide, for his abstract titled "Cancer Care Experiences and Unmet Needs of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People with Cancer: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence."

Best Abstract Award 2018 (Trainee)
  - Xiaotao Zhang, USA

The Study Group also recognized Xiaotao Zhang, MD, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA with the Best Abstract Award 2018 (Trainee) for his abstract titled "Malnutrition and Overall Survival in Older Patients with Cancer."

2018 Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
October 26-27, 2018,  9:00 AM
New York, NY, USA 
See Symposium Highlights. And watch for more information in our August Society News.
Early-Registration Rates Available! 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)

adverse effects 2018

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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MASCC Annual Meeting 2019



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

Click here to go directly to the Annual Meeting Abstracts. A PDF is available for download.

or go to the online access of the journal (see above for access). Click on Browse Volumes and Issues. Then, click on June 2018, Issue 2 Supplement.

New MASCC Members

A warm welcome to the new members who joined us in May! Members who joined MASCC at the Annual Meeting will be listed in the August issue of this newsletter.

Keith Cox
David Currow

Fernanda Fonseca

Lawson Eng

Dong Lan
Yan Li
Qunghua Yao

Elisa Belian
Karin Berger

Sanatan Banerjee
Bipasa Chakraborty Nabamita Chaudhury
Hitesh Jayprakash Assudani

Stefanus Gunawan

Sonia Fatigoni

Takako Nakajima

Nanthini Thevi Bhoo Pathy

Ana Rita Ferreira

Eleanor Ong

South Africa
Liezl Pretorius

United Kingdom
Jessica Briggs

United States
Gajanan Bhat
Milda Chmieliauskaite Carlos Fernandez
Agnes Horvath
Zachary Kohutek
Tara Perloff
Zan-Dong (Zane) Yang


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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 28-30, 2018
Vienna, Austria

June 21-23, 2019
San Francisco, California, USA

June, TBA, 2020
Seville, Spain

June, TBA, 2021
Yokohama, Japan

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