MASCC Society News - November 2020 Issue

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Message from our President, Andrew Davies

Halloween has come and gone – no one came “trick or treating,” but the scary monster is back with a vengeance in Europe and elsewhere (i.e., COVID-19). Halloween (All Hallows' Eve; “All Saints Evening”) is an ancient Celtic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the “darker half” of the year (i.e., winter). Whilst the traditions have changed over the years, the one thing that never changes is that the darker half of the year is always followed by the spring and summer!

The annual meeting will definitely take place next year (June 24 – 26, 2021), and we are planning for a hybrid / completely virtual meeting. The programme will be similar to this year’s postponed meeting, although there will be several sessions on the impact of you-know-what (I am trying not to use the C-word): we have organized a “new” plenary to include Dr. Jose Miguel Cisneros Herreros (Director of Clinical Unit of Infectious Diseases, Virgen del Rocio University Hospital Seville: overview of pandemic), Dr. Matti Aapro (the President of European Cancer Organisation: impact of pandemic in oncology), and Prof. Richard Huxtable (Professor of Medical Ethics and Law, University of Bristol: ethics of triaging / treatment allocation).

We will keep you updated on the plans for 2021, but if you have had an ePoster accepted, or were allocated a proffered paper in one of the parallel sessions, then this still stands (and if you are an invited speaker in one of the plenary / parallel sessions). Whatever happens, all the annual meeting content will be available through the MASCC website for registered delegates, and relevant COVID-19 content will be made freely available.

As always, stay safe, and look after yourselves – I’m off to eat the unused Halloween treats (as my dopamine levels are subtherapeutic)!

- Andrew 

 Editor’s Pick

“Nutrition interventions to improve the appetite of adults undergoing cancer treatment: a systematic review”

Throughout the year, we will share articles from the MASCC journal Supportive Care in Cancer. The “Editor’s Pick” section, chosen by the journal’s Editor-In-Chief, Dr. Fred Ashbury, PhD, will cover a variety of topics to meet the many interests of our membership.

This month we feature “Nutrition interventions to improve the appetite of adults undergoing cancer treatment: a systematic review.” Loss of appetite is a common side effect of cancer and cancer treatments resulting in risk of malnutrition and cancer cachexia. This review aims to systematically determine nutrition interventions that improve appetite and nutrition-related outcomes of adults with cancer undergoing cancer treatments, and to identify appetite assessment tools used to measure appetite.

Members who are interested in nutritional support in cancer are invited to join the Nutrition Study Group. MASCC members can join up to three study groups. We offer several interest groups devoted to specific topic areas in supportive cancer care. Study Group members conduct research, develop practice guidelines, design educational materials for practitioners to share with patients, and work to raise awareness about supportive care issues.

The purpose of the Nutrition Study Group is to increase awareness of guidelines for the appropriate use of nutritional support in cancer patients and to promote appropriate use of palliative and therapeutic strategies in the management of anorexia and weight loss in patients with advanced cancer. The group seeks to develop and coordinate new evidence-based guidelines and to further improve clinical practice by encouraging research in areas where scientific literature is lacking. For more information about all of our Study Groups and how to join, click here.

Member Spotlight
2020 Young Investigator Award - Arjun Gupta

Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Young Investigator Award (YIA). Every year, MASCC presents the YIA to recognize outstanding new-to-the-field investigators’ research accomplishments. The award is open to all junior investigators who have submitted an abstract to an upcoming MASCC annual meeting. YIAs are awarded to the first authors of the five abstracts with the highest scores. These abstracts are chosen from the top 10 percent of all abstracts submitted to the annual meeting. For more information on how to apply for the YIA and recent award recipients, click here.

This month we highlight MASCC member Arjun Gupta, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Gupta’s presentation for the annual meeting is titled “Rates Of Appropriate Laxative Prophylaxis For Opioid-Induced Constipation In Veterans With Lung Cancer: A Retrospective Cohort Study.”

Because the 2020 Annual Meeting was postponed this year (due to the pandemic), Gupta will present at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Read more.

Member Spotlight
2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships Winner - Marina Čalamać

Over several newsletter editions, MASCC will feature one of the winners of the 2020 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships. MASCC’s annual travel scholarships are part of our organization’s commitment to increasing the attendance of oncology healthcare professionals from low-income countries at our annual meetings. MASCC provides travel scholarships for this purpose in cases where attendance would not be possible without financial assistance. For more information on applying and recent recipients, click here.

This month we highlight MASCC member Marina Čalamać, MD, of the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia in Belgrade. Marina’s Annual Meeting presentation is titled “Direct Collaboration Of A Multidisciplinary Tumor Board And Supportive Care Department For Patients With Advanced Cancer.”

Because the 2020 Annual Meeting was postponed this year (due to the pandemic), Čalamać will present at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Read more.

10th Annual TAO Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting

The 10th annual TAO Cancer Toxicity Management (CTM) meeting will be held December 3-4, 2020. The meeting, based in Paris, France, will be held virtually and focus on current events, with two sessions on “Cancer and COVID-19.” Sessions will address prehabilitation and rehabilitation. A significant place will be given to international experiences, with a focus on pain, genetics, and the microbiome. MASCC members are being offered a reduced registration rate.

“Traditionally, the management of different pathologies was done from the perspective of each concerned specialty,” says Florian Scotté, founder of the CTM meeting and MASCC board member. “Recently, a more holistic view of the patient’s journey is being considered by most players in the healthcare system. From the outset, this meeting has endeavored to show all facets of the patient journey in oncology, with supportive care as the point of entry, but also accommodating the cancer toxicity management dimension.” Read more.

MASCC Member Presentations from the 2020 ESMO and EONS Congress

Several MASCC members participated in the virtual 2020 Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the European Nursing Society (EONS). The conference focused on promising new developments aimed at improving cancer patient care and featured a COVID-19 and cancer research track. Two of the slide presentations by MASCC members are available here:

All presentations and webcasts are available to ESMO members and attendees according to the presenters' agreement to release them. Abstracts are open access. To view, click here.  Videos and presentations from the conference can also be found at eCancer.

IASCC 2nd Annual Meeting Videos and Presentations Available Online

On October 3 - 4, the Indian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer presented its 2nd Annual Meeting.  You can still view videos of speakers and meeting highlights (you will need to register for access to all materials – registration is FREE).  Abstract and video presentations are availableRead more.

MASCC Past-President Rajesh Lalla honored by the American Dental Association

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) announced the winners of the annual Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Faculty and Practice Awards. The awards are presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance EBD. The winners were recognized at a virtual booth hosted by the ADA Science and Research Institute at the 2020 ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, held Oct 10-13, during a joint meeting of the ADA and Florida Dental Association.

Among the award winners is MASCC Past-President Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD. Lalla received the 2020 EBD Accomplished Faculty Award. Lalla is a professor and associate dean for research at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He developed as well as teaches the school’s course on evidence-based decision-making, which emphasizes experiential learning and student participation with minimal lecturing. Lalla has published over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including 23 systematic reviews and evidence-based guidelines such as the 2020 "MASCC/ISOO clinical practice guideline for the management of mucositis secondary to cancer therapy" published in the journal Cancer. In June of 2020, he ended a distinguished term serving as MASCC President.

The European Cancer Organisation Launches A Catalyst for Change: the European Code of Cancer Practice

Earlier this fall, the European Cancer Organisation launched the European Code of Cancer Practice (The Code), a patient-centered initiative which identifies 10 key patient rights that underpin the delivery of good clinical cancer practice. The Code was created to improve patient survival and quality of life. The rights signpost what all cancer patients should expect from their health system and addresses inequalities in access to optimal high-quality cancer treatment and care. The initiative also highlights the need for public information about cancer, survivorship support, integrated cancer research, and innovative access to optimal high-quality cancer treatment and care.

“The European Code of Cancer Practice focuses on informing and supporting in a complete yet simple manner cancer patients at all stages of their cancer journey,” says Dr. Matti Aapro, MASCC member and President of the European Cancer Organisation. “It is an important complement to the European Cancer Organisation Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care publications. This powerful new tool sets out the core requirements for excellence in clinical cancer practice to improve outcomes for all cancer patients in Europe.”

The Code was developed with the input of leading oncology experts, patient advocates, policymakers, and politicians from across Europe. The project has its origins in the European Cancer Patient Bill of Rights, which was launched in the European Parliament on World Cancer Day 2014. The Code is available on the European Cancer Organisation’s website (available in 12 languages, with more coming soon). Updates and features of The Code will be featured at the European Cancer Organisation’s European Cancer Summit 2020, which will be held November 18 - 19. Read more.

Did You Know?  

Did you know that on November 11, 1848, classes began at Boston Female Medical College, the first female medical college in the United States. The college soon became the New England Female Medical College but quickly went bankrupt. In 1874, Dr. Israel Talbot, one of the founders of Boston University, brought together the neighboring Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital, the faculty, facility, and students from the New England Female Medical College, and Boston University to establish the Boston University School of Medicine.

Nursing and Allied Health Research Priorities in the Care of Patients With Thoracic Malignancies: An International Cross-Sectional Survey

MASCC recently participated in the research and practice study: “Nursing and Allied Health Research Priorities in the Care of Patients With Thoracic Malignancies: An International Cross-Sectional Survey." The study was carried out by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Nursing & Allied Health Professionals (N&AHP) committee.  The premise of IASLC’s survey was initiated to explore the lack of evidence of research priorities from nurses and allied health professionals working in the field of thoracic malignancies.  This research could provide strategic directions for funders, policy makers, and researchers.  The IASLC has recently published a full report of the survey and conclusions.  The conclusions state there is a clear focus (and need) for research in interventions to improve quality of life and symptom management, particularly for pain, dyspnea, and fatigue was also established, alongside healthcare system issues and screening research.   The full paper is available in open access.  To read, click here.

Free virtual events in November as part of 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. In honor of this celebration, MASCC members are invited to join a virtual event, “The Global Power of Oncology Nursing (GPON)” on Tuesday November 17. The conference will showcase the positive impact nurses are making on the growing burden of cancer in low- and middle-income countries. To register, click here.

GPON is one part of London Global Cancer Week 2020, November 15 - 20, which highlights the important contribution from the UK to support people with cancer in poorer resourced countries. The FREE event features a coordinated series of over 20 different events providing a 360° picture of the impact of the rising incidence of cancer in these emerging countries.

 Positions & Fellowships

Supportive Care Clinical and Research Positions

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity
T32 Clinical and Translational Cancer Control Research Training Program
Wilmot Cancer Institute
University of Rochester Medicine - Rochester, NY
The University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Institute seeks Candidates for Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical and Translational Cancer Control Research Training Program. 

Palliative Medicine Physician
Oncology Palliative Medicine at Levine Cancer Institute
Atrium Health - Charlotte, NC
The Section of Oncology Palliative Medicine at Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) within Atrium Health currently seeks a board-certified Palliative Medicine Physician to join their team with 7 BC Physicians and 3 Advanced Practice Providers in The Center for Supportive Oncology in Charlotte, NC.

Visit MASCC’s healthcare professionals employment and fellowship page for more listings.

For more information about this career service and related fees to post, please contact our office at [email protected].


 Upcoming Conferences

Note: Rescheduling and cancellations occur frequently due to COVID-19. Please double check conference home pages for latest updates.

November 15 – 20 – VIRTUAL EVENT
London Global Cancer Week 2020

November 18 – 19, 2020 - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
European Cancer Organisation - European Cancer Summit 2020: Working Together Against Cancer: Breaking Down Barriers & Saving Lives
Brussels, Belgium

November 19-21, 2020 - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
UKONS Annual Conference
Nursing at the Core of Cancer Care

10th annual TAO Cancer Toxicity Management (CTM) 
Paris, France

December 10 – 11 – VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
9th Annual Global Conference on Perioperative Care of the Cancer Patient
New York, NY

Annual Meeting Website

New MASCC Members

A warm welcome to the new members who joined us in October 2020! 

Tara Behroozian

Anne-Sophie Lefevre
Anouck Bonnet
Aurélie Revel
Caroline Basdevant
Cecile Rognoni
Célia Gounin
Chantal Bauchetet
Chloé Drozd
Christelle Zouari
Christian Le Marec
Christine Pichard
Claire Casail
Clemence Gros
Damien Tomasso
Eléonore Cornevin
Emmanuel Heuze
Fanny Giraud
Floriane Charnet
Frédérique Le Gal
Ingrid Lanno
Iulia Soare
Jesssie-Celia Lesieur
Joel Fleury
Laetitia Harmand
Laure Moan
Lauriane Coum-Mensler
Lucile Capron
Michele Iuncker-Cucchietti
Nathalie Chagnier
Nawal Ounacer
Olga Pitiot
Pascale Oriol
Patricia Bessiere
Sandrine Calendini
Sandrine Derhee
Stephanie Trager
Thierry Renier
Valentin Precourt
Véronique Frasie
Véronique Lefeuvre 

Sapna Paliwal

Akiko Hisano
Akitsu Murakami
Asao Ogawa
Atunori Hiasa
Eishi Baba
Eisuke Kobayashi
Hideki Uryu
Hiroaki Watanabe
Hiroshi Sato
Hiroshi Ueno
Hiroshi Yamasaki
Hiroyuki Fujita
Hitomi Sakai
Ikuo Sekine
Jichiro Sasaki
Junichi Nakazawa
Junji Furuse
Junji Uchino
Katsuko Kikuchi
Kazuhisa Katayama
Kazuya Mizuochi
Kenro Hirata
Kensuke Saito
Koji Fukuda
Koji Sugano
Koji Suzuki
Kumiko Karasawa
Maki Matoda
Makoto Ueno
Masaki Kaibori
Masayuki Ueno
Masayuki Yoshida
Miki Yamaguchi
Mizuka Miki
Motoki Endo
Naoko Mori
Naoko Sato
Nobu Akiyama
Nobuo Shinohara
nobuyuki yamamoto
Norie Jibiki
Osamu Nishikido
Riku Nagao
Ryo Morita
Ryuji Yamaguchi
Ryutaro Komuro
Sachiko Seo
Satoru Minei
Satoshi Hamauchi
Satoshi Kobayashi
Seichiro Tateishi
Seigo Kinuya
Shigeru Imoto
Shinji Ohno
Shiro Koizuka
Shoichi Deguchi
Shun-Ichi Kimura
Takaaki Fujii
Takashi Okino
Takehiko Majima
Takuji Mimura
Tetsuo Nishimoto
Tomoko Takayama
Tomoya Yokota
Toshio Kubo
Yasuo Hamamoto
Yoichi Nakamura
Yoko Kato
Yoshihiro Miki
Yoshinobu Kanda
Yuichi Sinkoda
Yuki Wakiguchi
Yukiko Namba

Tomasz Dzierżanowski

Russian Federation
Anastasia Surmach

Philip Larkin

United States
Carlton Brown
Derek Smith
Ellen Moore
Kelay Trentham
Mark Goldstein
Michael Kase
Rosilyn Gborogen


Future Meetings
Mark your calendar and watch for more news about future MASCC/ISOO Annual Meetings!


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Supportive Care Positions & Fellowships
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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].

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