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MASCC Society News - July Issue

July 2019

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From the Editor

This month, we are pleased to bring you highlights of the 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, USA, featuring all the award winners. MASCC President Dr. Rajesh Lalla reflects on the Annual Meeting and announces MASCC's newest affiliate. 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, Editor

Message from the President,
Raj Lalla, DDS, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

It was a pleasure to see many of you at our recent Annual Meeting in San Francisco. We had top-notch scientific presentations and discussions, as well as an exciting social program. I wish to express my thanks to Meeting Chair Dr. Andrew Davies, Meeting Administrator Emma Dillsworth, the MASCC staff, and many others who contributed to the success of this meeting. There is something truly special about this opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and colleagues from all over the world, who share our mission of improving supportive care for patients with cancer. Although those few days were extremely busy and hectic for me as MASCC President, the initial post-meeting physical exhaustion has already been replaced by a reinvigorated zeal to work even harder and smarter to move MASCC and supportive care forward. This of course is a team effort and we are very fortunate to have many highly motivated colleagues within MASCC who are helping significantly. I invite each of you to join us in this work.

If you were at the Annual Meeting, you may have also noticed a significant presence of leaders representing our partner organizations from around the world. We had extremely productive discussions in San Francisco with several current and future partners around various initiatives. I am also very happy to announce that during the meeting I signed an affiliation agreement with our newest affiliate, the Russian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (RASSC). I thank RASSC President Dr. Anton Snegovoy and Executive Director Dr. Inessa Kononenko for their collaboration and support. And I extend a warm welcome to the 340 members of RASSC to the MASCC family!


Best Wishes,

San Fransisco, CA
June 21-23

The 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting was held in June 21-23 in San Francisco, California, and included an exciting program of presentations, workshops, and discussions on techniques and strategies for minimizing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments. This year's meeting featured four major themes: digital health, sexual health, treatment toxicities, and cancer survivorship.

Meeting Chair Andrew Davies, MD, welcomed 983 delegates representing 53 countries. The meeting featured three plenary sessions, three meet-the-expert sessions, four workshops, five joint sessions, and 20 parallel sessions. Of 834 submitted abstracts, 565 were accepted - 46 as proffered papers and 519 as e-poster presentations. Networking events included a Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony, a New Members Breakfast, and a Presidential Dinner and Dance with a casual California theme - affording numerous opportunities to meet colleagues from around the world. Our program app included abstracts and e-posters, and we have continued to increase our social media presence through Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. This year, the MASCC booth featured a Social Media Station, where delegates received help setting up accounts and learning to use the major social media platforms.

Rachel Gibson, PhD
MASCC's 2019 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Rachel Gibson, PhD, is the recipient of MASCC's 2019 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. Rachel has just been appointed inaugural Professor and Director, Allied Health in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, a position that will commence in July 2019. She is also Co-Head of the Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group at the Adelaide Medical School and previously served as Professor and Academic Dean in the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. Read more


Frederik K. Spijkervet, DDS, PhD
ISOO's 2019 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Frederik K. (Fred) Spijkervet, DDS, PhD, Head of the Department Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, is the recipient of ISOO's 2019 Distinguished Service Award, the Society's highest honor. The award was given in recognition of many years of meritorious service to ISOO dating back to 1993. Fred served as Vice President of ISOO from 1994 to 1995, as President from 1995 to 1997, and as Scientific Program Chair for the 1997, 1998, and 1999 annual meetings. From 2004 to 2011, Fred chaired the Oral Care Study Group and was an active member of the Mucositis Study Group. From 2008 to 2014, he served as a MASCC Board member and, in 2013, was part of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2013 MASCC/ISOO meeting held in Berlin. Fred Spijkervet is a respected colleague and friend to everyone in ISOO. His clinical perspective has been invaluable in connection with the development of clinical guidelines over the years. This award is richly deserved. Sincere congratulations from everyone at MASCC and ISOO!  Read more

2019 Outstanding Study Group and Study Group Leader Awards

MASCC has initiated two new awards to recognize outstanding work by a MASCC Study Group and an outstanding Study Group Leader. Projects carried out by our Study Groups result in clinical practice guidelines, position papers, publications, and other products that advance supportive care in cancer. Through these new awards, MASCC recognizes excellent work by its Study Groups and the leaders who drive these efforts. The MASCC Mucositis Study Group was named the 2019 Outstanding Study Group, and Mucositis SG Chair Sharon Elad, DMD, MSc, was named the 2019 Outstanding Study Group Leader.

The Mucositis Study Group's (MSG) major goal is to improve outcomes of patients experiencing oral and gastrointestinal mucositis associated with anticancer therapies, and to this end, the Study Group works on multiple fronts. The MSG currently includes 245 members from 33 countries. Chair Sharon Elad, DMD MSc, is assisted by Vice-Chairs Paolo Bossi, MD, and Karis Kin Fong Cheng, PhD, RN. Among the MSG's major accomplishments is the development of the MASCC/ISOO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Mucositis, originally published in 2004 and updated in 2007, 2014, and 2019. The MSG also offers an annual Mucositis Research Workshop at MASCC/ISOO Annual Meetings, develops patient education materials, and uses social media to promote its activities and increase the visibility of both the MSG and MASCC. The Study Group Leaders invite interested MASCC members to join the MSG and become involved in cutting-edge research on mucositis.  Read more

Sharon Elad, DMD, MSc, is a Professor of Dentistry at the University of Rochester, where she is Chair of the Division of Oral Medicine at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and a Principal Consultant for Hospital Dentistry at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. In 2009, Sharon was elected to serve as Co-Chair of the MSG and, since 2015, has served as Chair. She has taken a leading role the development and publication of several guidelines and position papers. She has participated in all the MASCC/ISOO Mucositis Guidelines updates and attended the respective Guidelines Meetings including those in Geneva (2005), Athens (2011), and Washington, DC (2017). 

Sharon has published widely and is recognized as an international expert on oral complications of cancer treatment, such as mucositis, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and chronic graft-versus-host disease, as well as dental management of these patients. Previously, she chaired the Israeli Society of Oral Medicine (2002-2010) and served as General Secretary for the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) (2005-2013). Sharon Elad is among the select few who have received the Honorary Diplomate Award from the American Board of Oral Medicine.

Jane Ussher, PhD
MASCC's 2019 Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award Winner

Jane Ussher, PhD, of the University of Western Sydney, Australia, is the winner of MASCC's 2019 Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award for her research titled "Sexual Issues in Partners of Cancer Patients." 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. At this year's Annual Meeting, Jane presented her study of sexual embodiment and subjectivity after cancer across a range of cancer types and stages in partners of people with cancer, across both heterosexual and LGBT relationships. Read more

2019 Young Investigator Awards

Derek K. Smith, DDS, PhD, is the recipient of MASCC's 2019 Outstanding Young Investigator Award for his research on the efficacy of gabapentin in reducing neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients receiving primary or adjuvant chemoradiation for head and neck cancer. Derek is Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Assistant Director of Supportive Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is particularly interested in the impact that cancer therapies can have on oral health, and how the healthcare system can address the unique challenges of maintaining good oral health in cancer patients. He is a member of MASCC and ISOO and of the Oral Care Study Group.

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

Rebecca Burgoyne, MPharm (UK), Selina Chow (Canada), Nikesha Gilmore, PhD (USA), Rahat Ul Ain, MBBS, FCPS (Pakistan)  Read more

Travel Scholarship Winners

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 Tomi Kovacevic, MD (Serbia), Ariesta Milanti, RN, MSc (Indonesia), Wanessa Miranda-Silva, DDS (Brazil), Radhika R. Pai, MSc (India), and Pankaj Singhai, MBBS, MD (India). Read more

Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship Award

From among the Travel Scholarship applicants, the nurse applicant with the highest-ranking abstract is awarded the Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship. This year, the award went to Radhika R. Pai, MSc (India) for her abstract titled "Evaluation of an Oral Care Protocol for Chemotherapy- and Radiation Therapy-Induced Oral Complications in Head and Neck Cancer Patients." Radhika is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fundamentals of Nursing Manipal College of Nursing in Udupi, India. A member of MASCC and ISOO, Radhika belongs to MASCC Study Groups on Oral Care, Hemostasis, and Palliative Care. 

2019 Study Group Awards

At the 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting, seven Study Groups recognized high-quality work by junior investigators in their disciplines. The Fatigue Study Group was the first to honor outstanding young investigators with junior faculty and trainee awards as a means of professional recognition and a way to showcase cutting-edge work by up-and-coming researchers. The awards are based on the quality of abstracts submitted to the Annual Meeting. This year, junior investigator awards were conferred by the Study Groups on Fatigue, Geriatrics, Mucositis, Neurological Complications, Pediatrics, Psychosocial Issues, and Survivorship. In addition, the Fatigue Study Group recognized Debra L. Barton, PhD, FAAN, RN, as Distinguished Scientific Laureate. Read more.

Upcoming Conferences

July 29-30, 2019
34th International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care Current Challenges and Possibilities
Melbourne, Australia

September 6-7, 2019
The 4th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Aomori, Japan

Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2019
EONS12 - European Oncology Nursing Society
At ESMO2019
Barcelona, Spain

Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2019
ESMO 2019 Congress
Translating Science into Better Cancer Patient Care
Barcelona, Spain

October 25-26, 2019
Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

November 14-15, 2019
7th Conference of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer
"Improving Sexual Health for Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors"
Columbus, Ohio, USA

November 14-16, 2019
19th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology
'Integrative Oncology - Leaving No One Behind"
Geneva, Switzerland

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Seville, Spain
June 25-27, 2020

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New MASCC Members

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

Xiaoxiao Huang
Michelle Rosano

Yanne Amorim

Dominiek De Jonckheere

Abha Gupta

Francisca Gamboa

Mariam Zarandia

Catherine Carroll

Gemma Caro

Kaori Takahashi

Korea, Republic of
Hei-Cheul Jeung
Se Eung Oh

Andreia Capela

United States
Mara Beveridge
Lise Bowman
Heidi Donovan
Gina Franklin
Catherine Jansen
Ian Kleckner
Jennifer McManus
Jennifer Powers
Lucia Seminario-Vidal
Stephanie Smith
Marieberta Vidal

Help Spread the Word!

Our 2020 Annual Meeting will take place on June 25-27 in Seville, Spain.
2020 Promotional Toolkit -  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.

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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 Seville 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.

Future MASCC Meetings
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Supportive Care Positions

See the Supportive Care Positions page on the MASCC website for news about clinical and 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.

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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