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MASCC Society News - July Issue

July 2020    

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Introducing MASCC’S New President, Andrew Davies, and Recently Appointed Executive Leaders

Andrew Davies, MB BS, MSc, MD, FRCP, took office as MASCC's new President in June, succeeding Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD, who has served as President since June 2018. Andrew is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (St. Luke’s Cancer Centre) in Guildford in the United Kingdom. He is a longstanding member of MASCC and has served as a Board Member, the Chair of the Palliative Care study group, and Chair of the Annual Meeting in San Francisco (2019) and Seville (2020/2021).

Other New Executive Leader Positions Appointed Include:

Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD
Immediate Past President

Maryam Lustberg, MD
President Elect/Vice President

Florian Scotté, MD, PhD

Joanne Bowen, PhD, MPhil, B.HSc

Andrew Davies, MB BS, MSc, MD, FRCP
Annual Meeting Chair 2021

Alexandre Chan, Pharm.D., MPH, FCCP, FISOPP, BCPS, BCOP

Annual Meeting Chair 2022 and 2024

Ian Olver, AM, MD, PhD
Annual Meeting Chair 2023

Message from the President,
Andrew Davies, MB BS, MSc, MD, FRCP

But Mouse, you are not alone,

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best-laid schemes of mice and men

Go often askew,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!

The above verse is from the English translation of the poem by Robert Burns entitled “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough” (written in 1785), and encapsulates the tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic: an unexpected, distressing, destructive occurrence with ongoing consequences for all those affected.

Covid-19 has had an impact on all of us (both personally and professionally). Equally, Covid-19 has had a negative impact on MASCC. Postponement of the annual meeting was unavoidable but has resulted in a significant increase in workload for the staff and officers, and a not insignificant “dent” in MASCC’s finances. MASCC will continue to thrive during these challenging times.

However, Covid-19 has had an even bigger impact on our patients and their families. New patients have experienced delayed diagnoses and/or delayed treatments, and other patients have experienced disrupted or modified treatments (including access to supportive care services). Indeed, some patients will have gone from “curable” to “treatable,” and others from “treatable” to only suitable for palliation. Moreover, many patients are experiencing increased physical, psychological and social problems as a result of their cancer and/or the pandemic.

In other words, supportive care services have never been more important to our patients, and we need to continue to promote ourselves locally, nationally and internationally. On that note, in the past year, MASCC has joined ECCO (the European Cancer Organisation), which is advising the European Commission / Parliament on their “Beating Cancer Plan.” As a result, we can ensure that supportive care (MASCC definition) is integral to the Plan, and that access to related services is available throughout the European Union (i.e., 447 million people).

Despite taking over as President, I will continue as the Chair of the Annual Meeting (Seville, 2021). By next summer, I hope that Covid-19 will only be a distant memory (and a topic for abstracts), and that we can all meet up again at the Annual Meeting in Spain for great research, unmatched company, unforgettable entertainment (especially the President’s Dinner), a great destination, fantastic food, wonderful wine, and (as someone from the United Kingdom) sunny weather!

As mentioned above, there will be a plenary session next year on Covid-19 and its consequences. We will be seeking additional related abstracts for oral presentations and ePosters. Abstract submission and registration for next year’s meeting will re-open in the autumn. Please encourage colleagues and students to attend the annual meeting,

Finally, I would like to congratulate Raj Lalla on his very successful presidency (“tough act to follow”), and sincerely thank those Officers and Board Members who have completed their terms of office: Ian Olver, Rachel Gibson, Alex Chan, Mellar Davis, Joel Epstein, Jørn Herrstedt, Mario Lacouture, Charles Loprinzi, Kazuo Tamura, and Declan Walsh. I also want to welcome our new Officers and Board Members.

- Andrew

Supportive Cancer Care and Covid-19: A Career Transition During a Worldwide Crisis

The health care profession has experienced major impacts from Covid-19.   As the pandemic continues, MASCC will share our members’ professional experiences with our community.  If you are interested and able to share your professional experiences, advice and advancements during this time of international crisis, we will find a convenient time in your schedule for a brief 30-minute interview. Please contact Angela Perez today at [email protected].

This month, we discuss with MASCC Board Member Florian Scotté, MD, PhD, what it was like to make a major career transition during the time of Covid-19.

In December of 2019, Dr. Florian Scotté was offered the opportunity to head up and develop a new interdisciplinary cancer care department at the Paris-based Gustave Roussy Cancer Care Center, one of the most renowned cancer care centers in the world. At the time, Scotté was head of medical oncology at Foch Hospital in Suresnes, just a few short miles from the Paris city center. Although Foch is one of Europe’s largest and most celebrated teaching hospitals, Scotté could not pass up the chance to lead a major project advancing patient-centered cancer care. He accepted the role and began making plans to transition to Gustave Roussy. 

The planned start date for his new job? March 9, 2020. Little did he know that would be just a few days before French President Emmanuel Macron announced on public television that France was going on lockdown until further notice.
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PARTICIPATE IN OUR SURVEY! Practitioners’ Views on Patient-Reported Outcomes

MASCC’s Survivorship Study Group invites healthcare professionals involved in the care of cancer patients to share their experiences and perceptions regarding patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in a 10-minute online survey. The Study Group is investigating oncology practitioners' current strategies and experiences in applying PROs in clinical practice, performance measurement, and research. The aims are (1) to explore practitioners’ experiences and perceptions on the use of PROs in routine clinical care at the patient level and (2) to assess the value of PROs as a performance or quality-of-care indicator at the system level. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards of Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.
If you are interested in participating, please follow this link for more information and the online survey by July 31, 2020: Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Data Collection in Routine Care: An International Survey of Oncology Practitioners.

Webinar Recording Now Available

On June 25, 2020, MASCC offered a FREE webinar, “Supportive Care in Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” A panel of MASCC experts led a virtual discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and how healthcare professionals can support them during the pandemic. Topics included next steps after the crisis is resolved; precautions to take in the months ahead with a potential second wave; and impacts on oncology research including ongoing and planned clinical trials. The speakers included MASCC members Speakers: Drs. Paolo Bossi, Florian Scotté, Breffni Hannon, Anant Ramaswamy; Moderator: Dr. Rajesh Lalla.
Click here to view.
This webinar was sponsored by Alira Health.

Study Group Leadership for 2020/2022

MASCC announces the Study Group Leadership changes for 2020/2022. For the full roster of study group leaders, visit individual study groups on the MASCC website.  Be sure to stay in touch with your Study Groups and get involved in their projects. It's the best way to take full advantage of your MASCC membership and work with like-minded colleagues around the world. Contact Study Group Coordinator Leslie Johnson for more information.

Chair: Rita Wickham, PhD, RN, AOCN, United States
Vice-Chair: Florian Scotté, PhD, France

Bone and Musculoskeletal
Chair: Beatrice Edwards, MD, United States
Vice-Chair: Winston Tan,  MSHPeD, MD, United States

Chair: Stephen Samuel, MPT, PhD, MMASCC, MISOO, India
Vice-Chiar: Leorey N. Saligan, PhD, RN, United States

Neurological Complications     
Chair: Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH, United States
Vice-Chair: Kathryn J. Ruddy, MD, MPH, United States

Nutrition & Cachexia   
Chair: Egidio Del Fabbro, MD, United States
Vice-Chair: Tateaki Naito, MD, Japan

Chair: Julie Ryan, PhD, MD, United States
Vice-Chair: Corina van den Hurk, PhD, Netherlands

Chair: Bogda Koczwara, AM, BM, BS, FRACP, MBioethics, FAICD, Australia
Vice-Chair: Bethany Andrews Rhoten, PhD, RN, United States

Recent Articles by MASCC members in Oral Diseases: An Update by Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis

For the benefit MASCC members, Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, MSc, DrDent, has shared updates on the publication of two recent articles in Oral Diseases. The first is“Alveolar bone histological necrosis observed prior to extractions in patients, who received bone-targeting agents,” which includes MASCC member study participants Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, Erofili Papadopoulou, Emmanouil Vardas, Maria Kouri, Dimitra Galiti, and Carla Ripamonti.

The second article, “Workshop of European task force on medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw-current challenges,” includes MASCC members Ourania Nicolatou‐Galitis and Bente Brokstad Herlofson.

Nicolatou-Galitis expresses her appreciation and thanks to MASCC for the knowledge and opportunities the association has given her.  She proudly notes: “I would not be ‘me’ if I were not a MASCC member all these years.”  She also wishes to thank MASCC for the opportunity to participate in the European Cancer Organization.  She intends to introduce the uniqueness of MASCC and supportive care in cancer to make excellent cancer care possible. Read more.

Information Sources Related to COVID-19

To aid our members during this difficult and uncertain time, MASCC continues to share links to COVID-19 related information. Our website will be updated as new resources are released or shared with us. The resources listed are intended to guide members to information most useful to them.

Categories include: groups with an oncology focus, general information for healthcare professionals, webinars and workshops, and scientific journals.

Members are encouraged to share relevant links. Send suggestions to Angela Perez at [email protected].

Upcoming Conferences

Note: Rescheduling and cancellations occur frequently due to COVID-19. Please double check conference home pages for latest updates.

August 21-22, 2020
RESCHEDULED TO August 20 -21, 2021
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 19-21, 2020
ESMO 2020 Congress - The virtual conference also includes the EONS13 conferenceThe Future of Cancer Nursing in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Madrid, Spain

October 16-18, 2020
17th International Conference on Integrative Oncology
The Science of Living Well with Cancer
Baltimore, Maryland

November 18 – 19, 2020
ECCO - European Cancer Summit 2020: Working Together Against Cancer: Breaking Down Barriers & Saving Lives
Brussels, Belgium

November 19-21, 2020 - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
UKONS Annual Conference
Nursing at the Core of Cancer Care

Future MASCC Meetings
Mark your calendar and watch for more news about future MASCC/ISOO Annual Meetings!


The MASCC Society News is prepared by the MASCC Communications Manager Angela Perez and the MASCC Website Manager Beth Hollen. If you have any ideas for content or other comments about Society News, please email Angela Perez at [email protected].

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New MASCC Members

A HUGE warm welcome to the 352 new members who joined us in June 2020!

Jonathan Marron
Kathleen Ries

Aurelia Elz
Casey Marnie
Christine Ng
Diana Naehrig
Emma-Kate Carson
Meg Harrison
Jennifer Fish
John Maiorino
Jolyn Hersch
Kate Vandenberg
Mi-Joung Lee
Natalie Richards
Nicola Lanci
Simone Sheridan
Susanna Park
Lingyuan Meng
Yuko Nakano
Zobaida Edib
Carolyn Mazariego
Eden Robertson
Hannah Timmins
Kimberly Alexander
Matthew Kiernan
Tiffany Li

Md Badrul Islam

Aléxia Teixeira
Aluísio Miranda Filho
Ana Raphaela Curvo
Cristina Neuenschwander
Daniela Ribeiro
Juliane De Bortolli
Elisa Kauark Fontes
Etiene Munhoz
Gustavo Marta
Gustavo Dos Santos
Heloísa Laís Dos Santos
Juliana Jasper
Juliana Brito
Larissa Agatti
Liana Cerqueira
Liliana Braun
Luana Campos
Marcos Santos
Marta Neves
Alexandre Melo
Monica Bertolaccini
Silvia De Oliveira
Tania Abe
Adriana Sesti Paz
Alexandre Giannini
Ana Luiza Vianna
Anderson Archanjo
Antonio Melo
Camila Viena
Carlos Mantelato
Caroline Pinto
Caroline Silva
Caroline Sperandio
Cinthya Sternberg
Claudine Pirola
Cleumara Kosmann
Cristina Del Conte
Cristina Freitas
Daniel Cohen Goldemberg
Daniel Souza
Daniela Nunes
Danyel Perez
Daphine Travassos
Douglas Fonseca
Elaci Cardoso
Fabiana Martins
Fabio Pires
Fernando Chiantia
Flavia Carvalho
Gabriela Da Silveira
Gabriela Martins
Gabriela Torino
Gabriella Matsuoka
Gleicy Falcao
Gleidston Potter
Heloisa Veloso
Hélder Martins
Ingrid Santos
Isabella Fonseca
Isadora Kalif
Januaria Passos
Jose Meurer
Josiane Sa
Julia Néri
Juliana Dantas
Karin Barczyszyn
Katia Uezu
Leticia Lang
Liciane Menezes
Liliane Grando
Lorena Albino
Luciana Muniz
Luciana S Barbosa Barbosa
Maria Coeli Franco
Maria Da Gloria De Melo
Mariana Ramos Pinto
Marina Chiantia
Melissa De Araujo
Ms Elisa Araujo
Natália Garcia
Neli Pieralisi
Ondina Mendes
Paulo Sérgio Santos
Raphael Sepulcri
Raphaella Caldas
Raquel Almeida Prado
Raíssa De Mendonça
Renata Cristina Borin
Renata Ferrari
Renata Rego
Renato Junior
Roberta Sales
Roberta Tunes
Roberta Zanicotti
Silmara Da Silva
Simone Almeida
Tabata Santos Polvora
Tassiana Cordeiro
Tauana Fernandes
Thalyta Amanda Ferreira
Vanessa Lacerda
Verônica Serrano
Viviane Oliveira
Viviane Sarmento

Andrea Feldstain
Angelyn Salaberry
Barbara Ballantyne
Callie Gross
Erin Kolari
Gigi Finger
Gisele Mainville
Jacqueline Hui
Prashant Jani
Julie Bowen
Jennifer Jones
Jenny Lau
Jenny Tran
Jessaca Drury
Jessica Simon
Kanan Dave
Karen Biggs
Kerri Loney
Lorelei Newton
Lisa Martin
Melody Cole
Nour Karra
Peter Fritz
Ryan Carlson
Robert Olson
Amanda Roze Des Ordons
Silvana Spadafora
Stephanie Paquette
Susanne Skulski
Sylvie Louise Avon
Victoria Forster
Adel Kauzman
Alan Bates
Amber Brown-Dahl
Anahita Djalilvand
Angela Thermann
Beth Burton-Krahn
Bhumi Bhatt
Cara Miller
Catherine Poh
David Clark
Dinusha Peiris
Edmund Peters
Eleah Stringer
Emily Drake
Francois Germain
Geordie Linford
Grace Bradley
Howard Weld
Irina Pulatova
Jacqueline Lam
Julie Pfeffer
Kristy Hodgins
Laura Daly
Lia Kutzscher
Linda Hamelin
Lindsay Van Der Meer
Lisa Tremblay
Mahsa Bakhshandeh
Maryam Taleghani
Matthew Kreher
Michelle Wilczek-Piekarska
Olivia Lemenchick
Rajan Saini
Roel Schlijper
Saskia Makela
Satnam Sidhu
Tammy Fetterly
Valentina Donison
Vickie Baracos
Victoria Lau
Wendy Wismer

Patricio Rubio

Croatia (Hrvatska)
Božana Lončar Brzak
Jasna Leko
Ana Andabak Rogulj

Czech Republic
Hana Jedličková

Charlotte Duch Lynggaard
Dorte Melgaard
Nete Harreby
Lene Baad-Hansen
Susanne Hansen
Trine Poulsen
Sara Hajdú

Amandine Maulard
Annabelle Stoclin
Ismail Elalamy
Cibele Nagano

Sebastian Fenchel

Andreas Argyriou

Abhijna Vithal Yergolkar
Shweta Chawak

Ragda Abdalla-Aslan

Maria Elisa Damiani
Paola Alberti
Elisabetta Pfanner
Stefano Tamburin
Tiziana Tartaro
Angelo Schenone
Francesca Pastorelli
Maria Serena Cerchi

Asami Nukui
Aya Koizumi
Tetsunori Yoshimura
Eisuke Matsushima
Fusako Doi
Keitaro Fukushima
Kimikazu Yakushijin
Kazuo Mtsuura
Masaki Maruta
Midori Kamizato
Satoru Miura
Masaaki Inaba
Nobuko Fujiuchi
Takao Ueno
Ryuichi Sekine
Kazuhiko Shibata
Shinichi Wtatanabe
Junko Tachibana
Takako Nakajima
Tadashi Uwagawa
Yasusi Tsuji
Yuki Ichinose
Keiko Tanaka
Kensuke Yoshida
Mieko Mizutani
Takahiro Kogawa
Takahito Oomae
Tomohiko Harada
Yayoi Naganawa
Yoko Sugiyama

Mohammed Ezzi

Georgina Ocadio

Arjan Vissink
Judith Lijnsvelt

New Zealand
Radhika Sandilya
Jenni Mcwhannell

Kristine Loeken Westgaard

Maria Emmylou Nicolas-Casem
Ana Kristine Bermudez
Evangeline Barbara Go

Joana Silva
Marco Andrade
Telma Costa
Anabela Amarelo
Pedro Antunes

Russian Federation
Polina Nosikova
Aleksandra Polonskaia
Iuliia Kovalenko

Marina Markovic

South Africa
Ronald Anderson

Karen Cheng
Philipp Suter
Rosa Mueller

United Kingdom
Alison Melvin
Andreia Fernandes
Kate Cooper
Louise Robinson
Malcolm Brown
Ollie Minton
Philippa Jones
Sarah Cox
Sian Lickess
Amy Moffat
Bryony Alderman
Shuchita Patel
Tracy Wilson

United States
Amanda Hollinger
Amy Mchale
Benjamin Kaffenberger
Bethany Lockwood
Tina Bhatnagar
Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy
Carolyn Presley
Denise Schimming
Dionisia Quiroga
Daniel Hertz
Emma Hennen
Francesco Lotti
Gayathri Nagaraj
Hannah Smith
Caren Hughes
Iness Jedidi
Jasmine Sukumar
Jennifer Kue
Lora Packel
Larissa Nekhlyudov
M. Imad Damaj
Miklos Fogarasi
Matthew Lei
Namrata Shinde
Nicole Williams
Sachin Kale
Samilia Obeng-Gyasi
Scott Capozza
Steven Roser
Stacey Tinianov
Nathan Staff
Ali Khaki
Brad Love
Brittany Dulmage
Catherine Carson
Ellen Smith
Erica Tavares
Erin Stevens
Filadelfiya Zvinovski
Gretchen Mcnally
Isabel Houlzet
Mary Caldwell
Niveditha Venkatesh
Paula Sayegh
Rania Abasaeed
Roy Freeman
Rupa Ghosh-Berkebile
Sandy Eldridge
Shelly Brown
Shirley Lewis
Stuart Taylor
Taletha Askew
Yailit Martinez

Micaela Bouchacourt

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