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MASCC Society News - November Issue

November 2019

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From the Editor

This month, we congratulate MASCC's Immediate Past-President Ian Olver, AM, MD, PhD, this year's recipient of the Tom Reeve Award from the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia for his outstanding contributions to cancer care.

MASCC President Dr. Rajesh Lalla discusses MASCC's efforts at spreading the message of supportive care in cancer.

We have news about the upcoming Best of MASCC Singapore meeting being held this month, the 9th Annual Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting to be held in Paris in early December, and a report of joint sessions featuring MASCC at the recent ESMO Congress. We bring you a Profile of the Pediatrics Study Group. And we remind members to consider participating in a Survivorship Study Group survey of experiences and perceptions regarding patient-reported outcomes. Given the length of this month's Society News, we have postponed Part II of "MASCC and Social Media," which will appear in the December issue.

 As usual, we include several conference reminders and deadlines. We extend a warm welcome to 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

NOTICE: MASCC Board of Directors Nominations
MASCC will soon be seeking nominations for Board members for 2020-2022. Please give this some thought and stay tuned for an announcement and deadline later in November!

Message from the President,
Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

A major part of the MASCC mission is to support dissemination of information on best practices in supportive care to healthcare professionals worldwide. We accomplish this through our Annual Meeting, society journal, other publications, including the MASCC Textbook, and information on our website. In addition, we support and/or endorse educational sessions on supportive care in meetings organized by our partners worldwide. You can read about some of these in this issue of the MASCC Society News.

A particularly exciting new initiative is the Best of MASCC meetings. The first two such meetings were held in India in 2018 and 2019 and now, for the first time, we will have a Best of MASCC meeting in Singapore. Special thanks to MASCC Board member Alexandre Chan, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS, BCOP, for his efforts in making this meeting a reality. It is my hope that the Best of MASCC program will spread to other locations around the world in the years to come. If you are interested in organizing a Best of MASCC meeting in your location, please see the program information on our website: Best of MASCC Meeting Policy and Application.

MASCC also endorses other regional supportive care meetings, including the recent Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium in New York (featured in the October issue) organized by MASCC Board member Mario Lacouture, MD, and the Cancer Toxicity Management meeting in Paris organized by MASCC Board member Florian Scotté, MD, PhD (featured in this issue). We have also had some recent joint sessions on supportive care at general oncology meetings, including the joint sessions at ESMO/EONS 2019 described below. My thanks to all our colleagues who organized and participated in these sessions, which help spread the message on the importance of supportive care in cancer.


Ian Olver Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care

Ian Olver, AM, MD, PhD, has been awarded the Tom Reeve Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). The award, announced in September 2019 by COSA CEO Marie Malica, is the most prestigious national award in Australia in the field of clinical oncology. Dr. Olver is a renowned oncologist, cancer researcher, bioethicist, and leader of cancer-control organizations, and this award honors his clinical and administrative leadership in government, not-for-profit, and university sectors, as well as community service and research. His contributions have helped to shape numerous aspects of cancer care and prevention at both national and international levels. Ian Olver is a long-time member and Immediate Past-President of MASCC, a member of MASCC's Executive Committee and of MASCC Study Groups on Antiemetics, Palliative Care, and Psychosocial Issues. He is also the Editor of the MASCC Textbook on Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship, now in its second edition. He will receive the Tom Reeve Award and present an address at the 2019 COSA meeting on Wednesday, November 13th in Adelaide, Australia. Read more.

Best of MASCC Singapore: November 30, 2019

The National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) will host the inaugural Best of MASCC Singapore meeting on November 30, 2019, with the theme of "Supporting Cancer Patients and Survivors." MASCC Board member Alexandre Chan, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS, BCOP, played a key role in organizing this event. The goal of the meeting is to increase awareness of supportive and survivorship care and to advance supportive care practices in Singapore. Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BNurs, RN, MCNSA, Chair of MASCC's Survivorship Study Group, will deliver the keynote address on "Survivorship Issues Across the Age Continuum." Other speakers include Alexandre Chan, PharmD, Irene Teo, PhD, Noreen Chan, MD, Terina Tan, Medical Social Worker, Grace Yang, MBBCh, MPH, Mothi Babu Ramalingam, MBBS, Tan Quan Ming, BSc, BMed, and Wong Chinn Jung, MBBS, MRCP. William Hwang, MBBS, MMed, MRCP, Medical Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore, will deliver the Welcome Message and Guest of Honor Amy Khor, PhD, Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, will also speak. There is no fee to register. Read more

9th Annual Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting

The 9th Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting will be held December 5-6, 2019, in Paris, France. The meeting was founded by MASCC Board member Florian Scotté, MD, PhD, and is sponsored by MASCC and AFSOS (Association Francophone des Soins Oncologiques de Support). This year's program features sessions on innovative treatments, impacts of treatments, treatment sequence, and tolerance to immunotherapies. Other topics of discussion include therapeutic cannabis, antiemetics, and patient care recommendations. Among the speakers are numerous MASCC members, including Matti Aapro, MD, Andrea Antonuzzo, MD, Richard Berman, MBBS, MRCGP, FRCP, Paolo Bossi, MD, Mario Di Palma, MD, Pere Gascón, MD, FRCP, Richard Gralla, MD, Karin Jordan, MD, Jean Klastersky, MD, Fausto Roila, MD, and Florian Scotté, MD, PhD.

This year also marks the first Jean Klastersky Award, created to recognize young physicians involved in the care of cancer patients. The awardee will receive financial support and complimentary registration at the 2020 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. The application deadline is November 20, 2019. Read more.

MASCC Has Strong Presence at ESMO 2019

The 2019 European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Barcelona (Sept. 27 to Oct. 1) featured a Supportive and Palliative Care Track chaired by Florian Scotté, MD, PhD and included on its Committee MASCC members Matti S. Aapro, MD, Paolo Bossi, MD, Jørn Herrstedt, MD, Karin Jordan, MD, Vincent Launay-Vacher, MD, and Carla Ida Ripamonti, MD. There were also two joint sessions that included MASCC, one with ESMO and the other with the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS). An ESMO-MASCC Collaborative Session, "Management of Cancer- and Anticancer Therapy-Induced Side Effects," was chaired by Karin Jordan, MD, and Rajesh V. Lalla, DDS, PhD. It featured speakers Robert E. Coleman, MD, Karin Jordan, MD, Matti S. Aapro, MD, Stéphane Champiat, MD, PhD, and Rajesh V. Lalla, DDS, PhD. An EONS-MASCC Collaborative Session, "Cancer Survivor vs Survivorship: Clash of Cultures or Words?" was chaired by Harald Titzer, MSc and featured speakers Julia Ruiz Pato, RN, MSc, and Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BNurs, RN, MCNSA.

MASCC also had a booth in the Exhibition Hall at the ESMO Congress, which was staffed by MASCC Executive Director Melissa Chin, HBSc, MBA, CHE. In addition to those listed above, other MASCC members in attendance at the conference included Fausto Roila, MD, Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH, Declan Walsh, MD, and many more.  Read more.

Profile of MASCC's Pediatrics Study Group

MASCC's Pediatrics Study Group, led by Chair Andrea Orsey, MD, MSCE and Vice-Chair Jason Freedman, MD, MSCE, aims to promote and improve supportive care for pediatric cancer patients and survivors and to ensure that pediatric supportive care is considered in all practice guidelines, research, and clinical endeavors. The Study Group shares ideas and information to advance pediatric supportive care around the globe, promotes research and other projects, provides a forum for international collaboration and exchange, and works toward international standardization and harmonization of supportive cancer care. Current projects include research on nutrition in pediatric cancer patients and collaboration with the International Paediatrics Oncology Guidelines in Supportive care (IPOG) Network. Past activities include several workshops and presentations at MASCC/ISOO Annual Meetings. Key research projects include the classification of acute emetogenicity of chemotherapy in pediatric patients, guideline for the prevention of acute chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in pediatric cancer patients, and implementation and evaluation of an automated pediatric malnutrition screen using anthropometric measurements in the electronic health record. See the Study Group's web page and a list of recent member publications.

Study Group Chair Andrea Orsey, MD, MSCE, is Attending Physician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Vice-Chair Jason Freedman, MD, MSCE, is a Board-Certified Pediatric Oncologist and Inpatient Medical Director of Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA).


In addition to many other research endeavors, both Drs. Orsey and Freedman, along with other SG members, collaborated on the development of the clinical practice guideline, Classification of the Acute Emetogenicity of Chemotherapy in Pediatric Patients (Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 May;66(5):e27646). The guideline provides clinicians with recommendations and information critically important in the selection of appropriate antiemetic prophylaxis. They also both collaborated with colleagues on a focused update of the 2013 Guideline for Prevention of Acute Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Pediatric Cancer Patients (Pediatr Blood Cancer, 2017 Oct;64(10)). Read more

The Study Group leaders are happy to accept new members and invite you to join in ongoing or new projects. If you would like to get involved, contact Study Group Coordinator Leslie Johnson.

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 aim of this survey is (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 Friday November 15, 2019: Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Data Collection in Routine Care: An International Survey of Oncology Practitioners.

Contract Position Available at MASCC! 
Part-time Communications Manager, Medical Writer/Editor

MASCC seeks a Communications Manager, Medical Writer/Editor to maintain the content of its social media, website, monthly Society News, and serve as general editor to the organization. The person in this position will serve as Social/Website Editor (30%), Society News Editor (50%), and general editor for MASCC (20%). Read more for job responsibilities, requirements, and contact information.

MASCC/ISOO 2019 Meeting Slides

Presentation slides and select session videos, which include speaker slides and audio, from our 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco are available on the MASCC website. (Member login required)

Slides include Workshops, Meet-the-Expert, Plenary, Parallel, Joint Sessions, and E-posters. A few sessions are missing, since their availability is at the discretion of each presenter. All slide presentations are converted to PDF to optimize file size. Slides with presentation audio are available for many sessions. 

Upcoming Conferences

November 14-15, 2019
7th Conference of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer "Improving Sexual Health for Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors"
Columbus, Ohio, USA

November 14-16, 2019
19th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology 'Integrative Oncology - Leaving No One Behind"
Geneva, Switzerland

November 29-30, 2019
The Third Regional Education Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer Patients for Eastern Europe and Balkan Region
Belgrade, Serbia

November 30, 2019
Best of MASCC, Singapore
National Cancer Center Singapore

December 5-6, 2019
9th Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting
Spaces Diderot 10 rue Traversière 75012 Paris

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Plan Ahead for 2020!

Seville, Spain
June 25-27, 2020


New MASCC Members

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

Fiona Gillanders
Naomi van Hagen

Addah Freire

Diana Csontos

Sameena Bilgi
Aruprita Daddi
Kumardeep Dutta Choudhury

Miyako Takahashi

Russian Federation
Kirill Baranovskiy
Dmitry Gavrilyuk
Yuliya Polyanskaya
Yulia Ponkratova
Olesya Popova

Noreen Chan
Mothi Babu Ramalingam
Quan Ming Tan
Irene Teo
Chin Jung Wong

Dominic O'Connor

United Kingdom
Veronica Nanton

United States
Allison Anbari
Chang-yi Liu

Help Spread the Word!

Tell a Colleague
Do you have colleagues interested in Supportive Care in Cancer? Let them know that MASCC membership provides access to exclusive MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting content, the MASCC journal, Supportive Care in Cancer, opportunities to work with MASCC Study Groups and to network with like-minded clinicians and researchers around the world. Urge your colleagues to JOIN TODAY. Several different membership options are available.

Our 2020 Annual Meeting will take place on June 25-27 in Seville, Spain. A Promotional Toolkit is available at Here 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 at your next speaking engagement. Be sure to include a Save-the-Date slide for our 2020 meeting in Seville. We're planning an exciting program featuring supportive care research advances and clinical applications. You can find slides, banners, and other adverts in our 2020 Promotional Toolkit. And let your audience know about the Benefits of MASCC Membership! If you need additional information, contact MASCC Executive Director Melissa Chin


The 2019 Meeting Photo Gallery is now online. 

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.

Future MASCC Meetings
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Supportive Care Positions

See the Supportive Care Positions page on the MASCC website for news about clinical and 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.

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.

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