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MASCC Society News - May Issue

May 2019

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From the Editor

In this issue, we feature two new MASCC Affiliates and a new MASCC Subgroup on Immuno-Oncology. MASCC President Raj Lalla provides some context for these exciting new developments within MASCC. We also have news about networking opportunities at the Annual Meeting and tips on getting started in social media to promote the work and visibility of MASCC around the world. If you're new to social media, this year's Annual Meeting will be a good place to learn more! As usual, we include several meeting reminders. We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in March. 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,

In the recent past, I announced new affiliation agreements MASCC has signed with AFSOS and NICSO. In this issue, you can learn more about these strategic partners and about the affiliation model. Since many countries do not have an existing national-level organization dedicated to supportive care in cancer, we are also looking to partner with new, national-level organizations that can be set up under the MASCC international umbrella. If you think such a partnership might be right for your organization or country, please reach out to MASCC Executive Director, Melissa Chin.

Another exciting recent development is the creation of two new Subgroups, within existing MASCC Study Groups, which will address the topics of Cancer Pain and Immuno-Oncology. We have recently received many requests for a mechanism that would allow for official groups to focus on important topics not adequately covered by our Study Groups. The new Study Group Policy (announced in the December 2018 issue of the Society News and available here) provides such a mechanism by allowing the formation of official Subgroups within existing Study Groups.

The new Study Group on Cancer Pain, led by Chair Mellar Davis, MD, and Vice-Chair Akhila Reddy, MD, was featured in the April issue of the Society News. In this issue, we feature the Subgroup on Immuno-Oncology, led by Chair Bernardo Rapoport, MD, and Vice-Chair Mario Lacouture, MD. I am grateful to these Chairs and Vice-Chairs for taking the initiative to submit applications for these Subgroups.

Best Wishes,

MASCC Affiliates in Supportive Care
Our Partners Around the World

MASCC has been working to strengthen relationships with national associations of supportive care in cancer around the world to promote supportive care at the local level. The aim is to create a global network of supportive care organizations that allows for international collaboration, as well as enhancing the experiences of cancer patients worldwide. MASCC has recently signed affiliation agreements with the Association Francophone des Soins Oncologiques de Support (AFSOS), the French association for supportive care in cancer and with the Network Italiano Cure di Supporto in Oncologia (NICSO), the Italian network of supportive care in oncology. Read More

AFSOS - A New MASCC Affiliate

In March 2019, MASCC signed an affiliation agreement with the Association Francophone des Soins Oncologiques de Support (AFSOS), the French-speaking association for supportive care in in oncology. AFSOS, founded in 2008, is dedicated to improving training, practice, and research in supportive cancer care and to promoting knowledge and implementation of supportive care. Its major aims are to meet the needs of health professionals and respond to the needs of patients and their families. With MASCC affiliation, members of AFSOS become full members of MASCC with all membership benefits. AFSOS is led by President Ivan Krakowski, MD, a medical oncologist in Bordeaux, France. Vice-Presidents include Florian Scotté, MD, PhD (Suresnes), Carole Bouleuc, MD (Paris), and Christine Préaubert, IDE (Montauban). Read More

NICSO - A New MASCC Affiliate

In March 2019, MASCC signed an affiliation agreement with the Network Italiano Cure di Supporto in Oncologia (NICSO), the Italian network of supportive care in oncology. NICSO was formed in 2014 as an open multidisciplinary association for all those who work with patients with cancer. Its mission is to stimulate and facilitate training and scientific research on cancer support therapies in order to offer patients a better quality of life. It aims to improve prevention and treatment of symptoms, co-morbidity, and side effects of anticancer therapies from the time of diagnosis through treatment, post-treatment, and rehabilitation. All members of NICSO become full members of MASCC with all membership benefits. NICSO is led by President Carla Ida Ripamonti, MD (Milan) and Vice President Fausto Roila, MD (Perugia). Read More

New MASCC Subgroup on

A new Subgroup on Immuno-Oncology (IO), led by Chair Bernardo Rapoport and Vice-Chair Mario Lacouture, has been formed by members of the Study Group on Neutropenia, Infection, and Myelosuppression and approved by MASCC's Executive Committee. The emergence of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) has significantly improved outcomes for patients with a variety of malignancies. But these therapies are associated with a diverse array of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) that involve multiple organ systems. The goal of the new Subgroup is to create a multidisciplinary team that brings together the best information and ideas about this new and growing field. It aims to develop educational sessions at MASCC Annual Meetings and research projects involving MASCC members. The Subgroup will also serve as a resource for information and contacts with companies involved in immunotherapies that might provide sources of funding to MASCC. Read More

Networking at the Annual Meeting

 - Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony
 - New Members Breakfast
 - President's Dinner & Dance

Don't miss out on the many opportunities for networking at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. Learn what your fellow professionals are doing, open lines of communication, and develop ideas for collaboration. Be on hand to meet colleagues old and new and congratulate the winners of our many annual awards at the Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony (Friday, June 21st). Learn more about MASCC and share your own interests at the annual New Members Breakfast (Saturday, June 22nd, by invitation only). Relax with friends and colleagues at the President's Dinner & Dance (Saturday, June 22nd). The theme is California Dreaming. Smart casual attire. 1960s and beach wear welcome! Read More

Get Connected: Learn About Social Media at Our Annual Meeting

MASCC is committed to establishing a global social media presence in order to promote its mission and help connect like-minded health professionals and researchers around the world. Social media platforms provide tools for finding out what's new in supportive cancer care and keeping in touch with your colleagues. This year's Annual Meeting will feature a Meet-the-Experts Session: Using Social Media, in which Ysabella Van Sebille and Hannah Wardill will discuss the use of social media to further supportive care education and collaboration. The Meeting will also feature a Social Media Booth to help attendees get started on popular social media platforms. Note: We need volunteers to help at the booth!  If you are new to social media, download our free Social Media Toolkit, which explains MASCC's social media mission and goals, and how we can use the most popular platforms most effectively. Also available is a downloadable Twitter Quick Guide to get you started. It contains helpful definitions, hashtags and how to use them, and tips for effective use of Twitter. Read More

MASCC Social Media Booth

In a MASCC first, we will provide a Social Media Booth for delegates at the 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting in San Francisco. With a theme of "Set Me Up. Show Me How," the booth will provide a place where people can set up accounts and learn to use social media with the help of volunteers - MASCC members who are already proficient in using social media platforms to share supportive care knowledge and ideas.

For attendees who haven't yet taken the leap,
we'll be there to help.

  • Set up a Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook account on the spot.
  • Get tips and tricks for making the most of these social media platforms.
  • Have a profile photo taken or get your own bitmoji (a personalized emoji or cartoon avatar) to use as a profile image.

Volunteers Needed! If you will be at the Meeting and have social media know-how, please consider donating some of your break time at the Social Media Booth to help others get started. If you are willing to help (or know of others who can), please contact Anna Boltong, Chair, MASCC Information and Communications Committee.

Palliative Care Always
A Free Online Course from Stanford University

Palliative Care Always is a free, online, case-based course presented by faculty members in Palliative Medicine at Stanford University and directed by Kavitha Ramchandran, MD. The course is designed primarily to help oncology professionals better understand and practice the principles of palliative medicine - communication, symptom and distress management, and goals of care. The course also includes topics of interest to cancer patients and their families. Topics include communication, psychosocial distress, pain assessment and management, fatigue and nausea assessment and management, survivorship, spiritual care, and hospice care, among others. The course is appropriate for clinicians and trainees in diverse fields, such as oncologists, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and healthcare volunteers. Enrollment is open through July 31, 2019. Read More

Upcoming Conferences

May 13-14, 2019
Grandangolo in Oncologia: Focus su Terapie di Supporto Focus on Supportive Care in Cancer
Bologna, Italy

June 26-29, 2019
SIOG 2019 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology Phase 1: A 4-Day Course
Treviso, Italy

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
EONS12 - European Oncology Nursing Society
At ESMO2019
Barcelona, Spain

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

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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.

Standard-Rate Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New MASCC Members

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

Shae Beaton
Davinia Seah
Gemma Skaczkowski

Heidrun Nycz

Wagner Gomes-Silva
Guilherme Toyoshima

Mehrnoush Mirhosseini
Meagan O'Neill

Divya Priya
Sundar Kumar Veluswamy

Olga Di Fede

Yurie Komi

John Weru

Francisco Castro Alonso

Door Vonk

Irina Crumpei-Tanas

Yu Ke
Wei Jie Chanel Lam
Siew Bee Lian

South Africa
Louise Walker

United Kingdom
Jessica Morgan

United States
Michelle Anderson
Sujin Ann-Yi
Sarah M. Belcher
Donna Coletti
Vivian Dee
Donato Dumlao
Danielle Gentile
Leslie Harry
Robert Knoerl
Francesca Maglione
Jennifer Majumdar
Lisania Milli

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


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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