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MASCC Society News - November Issue

November 2018

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From the Editor

This month, we are happy to announce the publication of the Second Edition of The MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship, edited by Ian Olver, AM, MD, PhD. In his President’s Message, Raj Lalla, DDS, PhD, discusses the significance of the Textbook and its importance to MASCC’s mission. The rest of this issue is devoted to MASCC’s work on rehabilitation, survivorship, and quality of life. We include a profile of our Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group and an article on award-winning research by its junior investigators. We also highlight Vice-Chair Margaret Fitch's recent review of research on transition to survivorship. 

We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in September. 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,
Dr. Raj Lalla

Raj Lalla

Dear Colleagues,

It is rare that I receive something in the mail that makes me happy. However, I was truly excited to recently receive the second edition of the MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship. There are several reasons for my enthusiasm about the publication of this second edition.

Firstly, a key part of our mission is to disseminate information and educate providers about supportive care in cancer. The MASCC Textbook is an important part of those efforts. The first edition was tremendously successful as evidenced by the following statistics. From 2010 to 2017, there were 38,672 chapter downloads for the e-book from the Springer website. Impressively, in 2017, several years after publication, the number of chapter downloads was the highest ever, at 8,481. This speaks to the high quality of the Textbook and information contained within it. This second edition includes 42 chapters in 12 sections, covering the entire spectrum of supportive care topics. I expect that it will be equally as successful as the first edition, or even more so.

Secondly, the Textbook reinforces the position of MASCC as the leading international organization dedicated to supportive care in cancer. It is mostly authored by volunteer MASCC members and their colleagues. The fact that MASCC can produce such a comprehensive text speaks to the diversity and high level of expertise within our ranks. I expect this second edition to further raise the profile of MASCC and attract more colleagues to our cause.

Last but not the least, the Textbook has been a tremendous labor of love for its editor, Ian Olver, AM, MD, PhD. As you can imagine, putting together such a book with a large number of authors from around the world is a huge amount of work. Ian deserves the gratitude of all of us at MASCC for taking on this project and delivering so well! This book is truly a visible manifestation of his dedication to MASCC and to supportive care. It is a pleasure to hold the new edition in my hands. On behalf of MASCC, thank you, Ian!

Best Wishes,

Now Available!
The MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship, Second Edition, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Second Edition of The MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship has been published by Springer International Publishing AG.

The MASCC Textbook is intended for medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, general practitioners, nurses, and allied health professionals. It is designed to improve management of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments, resulting in enhanced quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

The new edition of the MASCC Textbook has been completely revised since its first edition in 2010—a testimony to the changes and new challenges in supportive care over the past eight years. Research and clinical advances have resulted in better understanding of the needs of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers, as well as increased knowledge about disparities in supportive care and the effects of the financial burdens incurred. Among the challenges are new side effects associated with the advent of targeted therapies.

This second edition contains new topics, such as sleep and cancer, anemia, financial toxicity, complementary medicine, survivorship issues, and disparities in care due to geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors. All of the chapters have been revised and updated to contain the most current, research-based information. The volume also features case vignettes, key points, and sidebar summaries for quick reference.

NOTE! 30% Discount for MASCC Members - MASCC members are entitled to a 30% discount on this book and all Springer titles. Log in at the MASCC website and go to the Supportive Care Books page to access a Member Discount Access code.

Profile: Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group

MASCC's Study Group on Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life, led by Chair Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BN, RN, and Vice-Chair Margaret I. Fitch, RN, PhD, addresses areas of research and practice that are increasingly important with recent advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Study Group membership comprises clinicians and researchers dedicated to optimizing quality of life for people affected by cancer, from diagnosis to the end of life. Current research includes survey studies on the implementation of exercise guidelines in routine care and on patient-reported outcomes data collection. read more

Transition to Survivorship: Unmet Needs in Research and Practice

Early detection and advances in cancer treatment have resulted in many more cancer survivors than ever before. Margaret I. Fitch, RN, PhD, having reviewed research on the transition from primary cancer treatment to follow-up care, concludes that many survivors experience gaps in ongoing care after primary cancer treatment, including problems with the availability and coordination of services, and in being prepared for the transition to follow-up care. She adds that survivorship care plans are a promising tool to assist both patients and healthcare providers, but research is needed to identify best practice for their introduction and implementation. read more

Junior Investigators Honored by Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group

MASCC's Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group has honored two junior faculty members and one trainee for their outstanding research presented at the 2018 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting: Jacqui Frowen, PhD, for her research on dysphagia and oral complications in cancer patients; Micah D. J. Peters, PhD, for his research on the cancer care experiences and unmet needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people with cancer; and Xiaotao Zhang, MD, PhD, MS, for his work on malnutrition and overall survival in older patients with cancer. read more

Upcoming Conferences

November 2, 2018
2nd International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws
Copenhagen, Denmark

November 16-17, 2018
Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium
San Diego, California

November 16-18, 2018
SIOG 2018 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

March 29-30, 2019
Anaemia, Neutropenia, Thrombosis, and Cancer Course
Vienna, Austria

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
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 7

April 11-14, 2019
ONS 44th Annual Congress
Anaheim, California, USA
Late-breaking Abstract Submission:
December 10, 2018 - January 10, 2019 

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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:

Early Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2018

Regular Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019

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

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.

And join the MASCC buzzing online community on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to hear the latest important news and converse with many colleagues who share your interests. 

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.

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.

New MASCC Members

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

Lauren Breen

Elke Rammant

Cheryl Nekolaichuk

Nopadol Soparattanapaisarn

United States
Laurie Powsner


2018 Meeting Photo Gallery 

Future MASCC Meetings
Mark your calendar.

June 21-23, 2019
San Francisco, California, USA

June 25-27, 2020
Seville, Spain

June, TBA, 2021
Yokohama, Japan

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