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MASCC Society News - June Issue

June 2020    

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Message from the President,
Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

This is my last message as MASCC President in the Society News. At a MASCC Board Meeting to be held online later this month, I will complete my two-year term as MASCC President. Andrew Davies, MD, FRCP, will be installed as MASCC President for 2020-2022.

As I look back at our activities over the past two years, a number of key milestones towards achieving our mission come to mind. The first is the new affiliates program, whereby six national-level supportive care organizations have already signed up to be affiliate partners of MASCC, thanks to the collaboration and trust of their leaders. This in turn has added 463 members to MASCC so far, and contributed to a record growth in MASCC membership, as described in the article below. I believe that this could just be the beginning. There is great potential to expand this affiliate model to additional countries around the world and further grow the reach of MASCC in promoting supportive care in cancer. Also contributing to this growth are the two individual membership programs we are currently running, thanks to the Membership Committee and its chair, Annie Young.

We had a successful meeting in San Francisco last year in collaboration with our partner ISOO, and have managed to navigate the postponement of the 2020 Seville meeting, thanks to Meeting Chair Andrew Davies. Towards the end of 2018, the second edition of the MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship was published under the leadership of Ian Olver. More recently, Ian led the publication of a MASCC position paper on supportive care in cancer. We have set up a formal Best of MASCC meeting program, with three Best of MASCC meetings held in Asia so far. Under the leadership of Carla Ripamonti, we have implemented a certification program for MASCC Designated Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer, with six institutions having received this recognition already. Several MASCC Guidelines have been published, with support from the Guidelines Committee and its chair, Fred Ashbury. Also, under Fred’s leadership, our journal continues to thrive with a strong impact factor. A social media toolkit was developed expanding member awareness and strategy for improving and growing MASCC’s social media channels, with support from the Information & Communications Committee and Chair Anna Boltong. We have instituted a new Study Groups policy and new awards to recognize outstanding study groups and their leaders, who do much of the work of MASCC, including guidelines development. The policy also created a mechanism for new sub-groups to be formed in areas of emerging interest, with three such sub-groups approved so far. Collectively, these and other accomplishments are helping MASCC to achieve its mission of promoting supportive care in cancer worldwide. Now, more than ever, our mission and our work are highly important to successful cancer care.

In addition to those named above, there are many others to thank for their hard work and support. First and foremost, MASCC Executive Director Melissa Chin. She has been a tremendous partner in this work and is involved in the success of every initiative listed above. Thanks also to the other members of the MASCC staff during my term: Toni Clark, Emma Dillsworth, Beth Hollen, Leslie Johnson, Angela Perez, and Olexsandr (Sasha) Stupak. I also want to acknowledge the other members of the MASCC Executive Committee for 2018-2020 including Anna Boltong, Andrew Davies, Rachel Gibson, and Ian Olver, as well as the MASCC and ISOO Boards. And last but not the least, I thank all MASCC members for their commitment and service to the mission of MASCC.


MASCC Announces A Record Year of Membership Growth

MASCC is proud to announce a record growth in the number of memberships over the last one year. The number of MASCC members has grown from 1040 in May 2019 to 1581 in May 2020, an increase of over 50%. The increase in membership marks one of the top strategic priorities for outgoing MASCC President Rajesh Lalla and the Membership Committee. “Our success is due to strong partnerships with supportive cancer care leaders, advocates, and change-makers across the globe,” said Lalla.

MASCC’s unprecedented gains in membership can be attributed to several successful efforts, primarily the new affiliate program, which was launched last year by Lalla and Executive Director Melissa Chin. Additional contributors to membership growth include the “Buddy” mentor program, and “Year of the Nurse,” celebrating and recognizing our nursing colleagues, both which were developed by MASCC’s Membership Committee.

 The dedication of MASCC leadership to expanding our network has led to such innovations in programming, excellence in partner development, and continuous advocacy for the association. Read more

Supportive Cancer Care and COVID-19: a new journal article from the MASCC Survivorship Study Group

This month, we are sharing a recent article published by MASCC members in the MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer. With the rapidly changing and evolving practice in managing COVID-19, MASCC would like to share information on our members’ professional experiences amongst 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].

MASCC members Alexandre Chan, Pharm.D., MPH, FCCP, FISOPP, BCPS, BCOP; Fred Ashbury, PhD; Margaret Fitch, PhD; Bogda Koczwara, AM, BM, BS, FRACP, MBioethics, FAICD; and Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BNurs, RN, MCNSA have recently co-authored the article "Cancer survivorship care during COVID-19—perspectives and recommendations from the MASCC survivorship study group." The article was published May 25 in the MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer.

From the article: The MASCC “Survivorship Study Group sought input from members of the Survivorship Study Group to describe their responses to the impacts of COVID-19 on survivorship care, in the hope of identifying how members and their respective institutions have modified cancer survivorship practices and services during COVID-19 in order to identify major challenges of survivorship care delivery and strategies of addressing them.” Click here for more information about the Survivorship Study Group.


The Unique Challenges of Providing Oral Supportive Care During COVID-19

MASCC and ISOO are united in striving to provide the best supportive care to our cancer patients.  It's what we do; it is what excites us and gives our work so much purpose.  The work of the MASCC and ISOO study groups reflect this vision.  Our publications provide updated guidelines on best practices.  Our annual meeting is a chance to exchange ideas on future research.  All with one goal: improving the lives of our oncology patients.  And, regardless of tumour site or type, we can all agree that oral comfort and health is foundational to best quality of life.

COVID-19 is somewhat unique in the challenges it will present in providing oral supportive care.  Aerosols are considered significant potential vectors of virus transmission.  The work of oral health care professionals is now much more dangerous.  Dental hygienists are now considered to be at highest risk of infection followed closely by dentists and dental assistants.  Clinical practice will need to change to mitigate these potential risks to both clinician and patient.

As partner organizations, this is something that can either discourage us or motivate us to work even more closely together.  Let us choose the latter.

We look forward to seeing you all in Seville in 2021.  In the meantime, please stay well.  For those interested, visit the May 2020 ISOO Newsletter.

- From our partners at the
International Society of Oral Oncology

CancerCare offers FREE Connect Education Workshops via phone or internet

During the time of COVID-19 and worldwide quarantines, both patients and healthcare professionals are actively searching out online webinars and workshops more than ever before. CancerCare provides free educational programs to help patients and their loved ones understand their diagnosis, treatment options, quality-of-life concerns, and other important topics. The Connect Education Workshops (TEWs) are free one-hour conference calls presented by cancer experts from around the country. TEWs are an easy way to learn about cancer-related issues from the convenience of home. Participants can listen in to live workshops by phone or via live streaming on the CancerCare website. Participation is free, and no phone charges apply. Pre-registration is required. Every year, CancerCare produces more than 50 workshops that reach more than 45,000 people. To register or learn more about upcoming workshops, click here

Stanford University Offers Free Online Course: “Health After Cancer”

Stanford University’s Center for Continuing Medical Educations is offering a new online course, “Health After Cancer.” It features the basic principles of cancer survivorship to primary care physicians. Developed by a team of experts in caring for cancer survivors and narrated by a primary care physician, this course provides practical tips and tools that can be easily integrated into medical practice. The free course takes only 90 minutes to complete and is available for CME credit through the Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education. 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 18-22, 2020
ESMO 2020 Congress
Madrid, Spain

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

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For the latest updates on the 2021 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting, see the Annual Meeting Website.

New MASCC Members

A warm welcome to the new members who joined us in May 2020! Note: This list also includes members who joined in March 2020. Those names were inadvertently replaced with the April new member list in the May 2020 edition.

Brooke Webb
Courtney Wright
Hayley Vasileff
Helen McInnes
Jasmine Yee
Jessica Delaney
Joanne Britto
Mariana Sousa
Michelle Peate
Natalie Bradford
Rayan Saleh Moussa
Sahani Gunathilake
Valentina Naumovski

Joy Lodewijckx

Alan Santos-Silva
Ana Carolina Ribeiro
Andreia Rocha
Ariadne Padilha de Andrade

Anita Babu
Claire Aston
Claire McLeod
Jacqueline Alcalde-Castro
Kristen Haase
Mireille Kaprilian
Ola Britton

Cho Lee Wong
Linlin Zhang

Croatia (Hrvatska)
Ana Petrovic

Ann Kirkegaard
Anna-Marie Løgstrup
Anne Düweber
Helle Gyldenvang
Helle Mathiasson
Louise Bager
Maria Vandborg
Mille Christiansen
Mona Gundlach
Signe Nielsen

Benjamin Fonteix
Charlotte Rouquette
Dorothée Bergal
Elisabeth Bourdin
Ella Zabouo-Pujol
Franck Dubois
Gaelle-anne Estocq
Guillaume Economos
Joseph Gilgorov
Luca Ottolini
Magali Payrot
Noémie Studer
Sandra Pivotto
Sandrine Cocu
Théophile Mathonnet

Uwe Sauer

Georgios Gkardiakos

Miklos Garami

Minit Shah

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arghavan Tonkaboni

Rodolfo Mauceri

Akihiro Fujimoto
Akiko Yamashiro
Akira Imoto
Ayako Doi
Eiji Yamamoto
Emiko Sakaida
Eriko Satomi
Etsuko Warita
Etsuyo Ogo
Gaku Arai
Hideaki Komatsu
Hidekazu Kuramachi
Hidenori Sasaki
Hiroaki Ikesue
Hiromi Suetsugu
Hiroyuki Ase
Hiroyuki Muramatsu
Hiroyuki Otani
Hiroyuki Shibata
Hisatsugu Ohori
Junko Yamana
Kaori Asaba
Kazuki Tanimoto
Kazuo Tamura
Kazuya Nagata
Keisuke Aiba
Keita Tagami
Kentaro Ogata
Kota Sasaki
Kozue Suzuki
Maki Murakami
Makoto Nagashima
Masahiro Kawahira
Masanori Mukai
Masatoshi Inagaki
Masayuki Watanabe
Michihiro Yano
Michio Nakamura
Miho Hasaba
Minori Yokoo
Motohiro Kawasaki
Naoharu Mori
Naohito Shimoyama
Naoki Inui
Naoki Izawa
Naomi Tamai
Naoya Aisu
Natsuki Hoshino
Nobuyuki Yamamoto
Norikazu Masuda
Norimasa Fukushima
Rie Ooba
Ryuji Hayashi
Sachiko Yahiro
Saori Koshimoto
Seiji Kato
Shigeru Makita
Shingo Yano
Shinichi Wakamatsu
Shino Nakagawa
Shinsuke Sugihara
Shintaro Narita
Shinya Osone
Taishi Akimoto
Takashi Kasai
Takashi Mizowaki
Tatsuo Akechi
Tetsuhiko Taira
Tetsumi Sato
Tomohiro Takahashi
Tomoki Tamura
Tomoyuki Yoshikawa
Toru Eguchi
Toru Okuyama
Toshiharu Tanaka
Toshimi Takano
Tsuyoshi Harada
Yasuo Hirayama
Yasuo Kumakura
Yasushi Takai
Yasuyuki Kojima
Yoichi Ohtake
Yoko Murata
Yoshihiro Tanaka
Yoshihisa Ishiura
Yoshihisa Matsumoto
Yoshikazu Kagami
Yoshinobu Namba
Yoshinori Ito
Yosiko Okita
Yosuke Kubota
Yuji Kabasawa
Yukari Tsubata
Yuki Sekiguchi
Yuko Kanbayashi
Yuma Tada

Korea, Republic of 
Namkon Lee
TaekBin Kim

Roberto De Ponti

Charlotte de Mooij
Jan Ouwerkerk
Lena van Iterson
Natasja Raijmakers
Sandra Beijer

New Zealand
Michelle Ure

Kari Simensen
Ragnhild Monsen
Tor Helge Wiestad

Barbara Flores

Ana Joaquim
Edna Darlene Rodrigues Pinto

Wei Sheng Loo
Yong Qin Koh

Diego Muñoz
Lucía Ortiz-Comino
Pablo Melo

Nadeen Ali

Bengt Hasséus
Susanne Hellerstedt Börjesson

Andreas Jacob
François Gallot Lavallée
Sandrina Angeloz
Vérène Dougoud

United Kingdom
Alanna Callum
Jan Barnes
Jen Green
Joanne Hayes
Jordan Stanton
Linda Bedford
Lisa Durrant

United States
Alexandria Arends
Alexis Kuhn
Amanda Berger
Amanda Gillispie
Ana Velazquez Manana
Andrew Lim
Ann Oliva
Anne-Marie Hardman
Austyn Grim
David Dean
Emily Rowe
Emily Waite
Hana Paek
Jenna Kaplan
Jennifer Thackray
Julie Duke
Kailey Troutman
Kaitlin Devine
Kelsey Bacharz
Kim Maxa
Kristin Luckeroth
Kristin Wheatley
Melissa Rees
Michelle Bustamante
Nancy Gadd
Natasha Schaefer Solle
Neli Attas
Rachael Schmidt
Rachel Cloutier
Udhayvir Grewal
Uvette Lou
Vincent Tao
Zanette Kanani Bradley

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].

All recent issues of the MASCC Society News are available online. Older issues (before 2013) can be found in the back pages of our journal, Supportive Care in Cancer.

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