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MASCC Society News - March Issue

March 2019

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From the Editor

This month, MASCC President Raj Lalla shares exciting news about a new partnership agreement for MASCC. In this issue, we announce a formal policy and application process for Best of MASCC Meetings. We also have a preview of the Workshops to be offered at our 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, a profile of the Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group, and news about recent cachexia research. We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in January.

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,

In a recent issue of the MASCC Society News, I discussed the importance of partnerships to achieving MASCC's mission of promoting supportive care in cancer. I also mentioned our plans to strengthen existing partnerships and establish new relationships with national-level organizations that share our mission. Today, I am very excited to announce that MASCC has entered into a new affiliation agreement with the Association Francophone des Soins Oncologiques de Support (AFSOS), which is based in France.

AFSOS has been an important partner to MASCC for many years and we have had joint sessions with AFSOS at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. However, the new agreement takes this partnership to a whole new level. AFSOS is now officially the national affiliate of MASCC for France and will have several rights and privileges as a member of the MASCC network. All AFSOS members will now also be MASCC members under a new dual membership arrangement. I enthusiastically welcome all our AFSOS colleagues to MASCC. I thank AFSOS President Ivan Krakowski, MD, and the AFSOS Board for their vision and support. Special recognition must go to Florian Scotté, MD, PhD, a member of both the MASCC and AFSOS Boards, who has been critical to the successful signing of this agreement.

I believe that the signing of this affiliation agreement with AFSOS marks an important milestone in the evolution of MASCC. I hope to be able to announce additional such agreements in the coming months. Together with our national-level partners, we will all be much stronger and in a better position to improve supportive care in cancer for patients around the world.

Best Wishes,

How to Hold a Best of MASCC Meeting

MASCC is pleased to announce a formal policy and application process for Best of MASCC Meetings. A Best of MASCC Meeting is a MASCC-endorsed conference held in a region or continent other than that of the Annual Meeting and comprising selected Annual Meeting presentations. The goal of the Best of MASCC program is to disseminate the most recent advances and guidelines in supportive care in cancer to healthcare professionals on a local level, who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting. Holding a Best of MASCC Meeting requires formal application and approval by the MASCC Executive Committee. Criteria include that all speakers be MASCC members, that the content address supportive cancer care topics, and that the meeting be appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience. In support of Best of MASCC Meetings, abstracts and slides from the Annual Meeting will be provided by MASCC, contingent on permission from presenters at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. For more information about criteria and application, see Best of MASCC Meetings at our website.

2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting Workshops

Four workshops will be offered at the 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Unlike recent years, these workshops will take place at different times and are scheduled throughout the scientific program, rather than all on one morning. Also, these workshops will not require a separate fee in addition to Meeting registration. All registered attendees are welcome to attend any or all workshops.

  • Mucositis Research: Pain Management
    Friday, June 21, 3:40 - 5:10 pm
  • Complications of Immunotherapy
    Saturday, June 22, 3:40 - 5:10 pm
  • Understanding the Design of Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses, and Clinical Studies in Supportive Care
    Sunday, June 23, 8:30 - 10:00 am
  • Technological Advances and Emerging Strategies for Treatment-Related Symptoms during Cancer Survivorship
    Sunday, June 23, 1:40 - 3:10 pm

Read More

Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group Profile

MASCC's Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group, led by Elizabeth (Liz) Isenring, PhD, and Egidio Del Fabbro, MD, promotes research and clinical practice in all areas of clinical nutrition in relation to cancer. Areas of focus include new and emerging management strategies and the use of nutrition-based complementary and alternative medicine therapies. The Study Group has presented workshops, conducted surveys, held a recent webinar on building a cachexia clinic (see article in this issue), and published numerous articles on nutrition and cachexia. Recent topics include cachexia diagnostic criteria, assessment, and management, nutrition and nourishment in patients with advanced cancer, malnutrition and its impact on clinical outcomes, and the effectiveness of nutrition telehealth in managing malnutrition. In this issue, we highlight a special issue of the Annals of Palliative Medicine (January 2019), which features papers by several Study Group members. The leaders are looking for members who want to get more involved with the work of this Study Group. Read More

Research Highlight: Cachexia 

The January 2019 issue of the Annals of Palliative Medicine was devoted to the subject of cancer cachexia in memory of Ken Fearon, MD, former Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a renowned clinical researcher. Fearon's work focused on taking a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the mediators and mechanisms of wasting in cancer cachexia and to finding effective therapies. The papers in this special issue, introduced by Mellar P. Davis, MD, and Eduardo Bruera, MD, include among their authors several members of the Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group and/or MASCC: Jeffrey Crawford, MD, Shalini Dalal, MD, Mellar P. Davis, MD, Egidio Del Fabbro, MD, Rony Dev, MD, Aminah Jatoi, MD, Antonio Vigano, MD, MSc, and Sriram Yennu, MD. The papers, which include such topics as cancer cachexia definition, diagnostic criteria, therapies, criteria for treatment response, and quality of life, are all freely available at the journal's website: Annals of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 1

Running a Successful Cachexia Clinic
A Webinar Presented by MASCC's Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group

On February 26, 2019, MASCC's Nutrition and Cachexia Study Group presented a webinar, "The Cachexia Clinic - Building a Supportive Care Necessity," featuring Liz Isenring, PhD (Study Group Chair), Egidio Del Fabbro, MD (Study Group Vice-Chair), and Rony Dev, MD. The speakers presented information and practical considerations for establishing and operating a cachexia clinic within a cancer center. Specific objectives included specifying ideal service and team composition, making the case for the importance of a cachexia clinic, presenting brief assessments and basic management strategies, and considering the most useful outcome measures. Topics included case presentations, risks associated with cachexia, the need for an interdisciplinary approach, nutritional management, factors that affect dietary intake, muscle wasting, function, physical assessment, and interventions. Read More


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:

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

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 3, 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 January!

Heather Lane

Wanessa Miranda e Silva

Yogesh Bendale Pardeep Garg

Liam O Siorain

Chiara Gandini

Jun Kako

Korea, Republic of
Chang Hwan Yeom

Sunita Panta

Jelena Spasic

Yeliz Bahar Ozdemir

United Kingdom
Razan Altarsha

United States
Eli Ehrenpreis
Brett Glotzbecker
Marilyn Hammer
Patrick Meadors
Charles Phillips
Maija Reblin
Aline Rozman de Moraes
G. van Londen

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 & 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, 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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