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MASCC Society News - October Issue

October 2018

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From the Editor

This month, we bring you reports of two recent successful meetings of interest: the first-ever Best of MASCC meeting and the Third Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC). We also highlight the upcoming Second International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws. In this issue, MASCC President, Dr. Raj Lalla, discusses the Best of MASCC meeting and the formation of an Indian affiliate of MASCC. We also announce the evolution of the Bone Study Group to the Bone & Musculoskeletal Study Group and include a Study Group profile, featuring past and future activities. We're pleased to congratulate longtime MASCC member Dr. Judi Johnson on her recent Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota. We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in August. 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

Message from the President,
Dr. Raj Lalla

Raj Lalla

Dear Colleagues,

In the last issue, I wrote about the importance of partnerships to achieving MASCC's mission of promoting supportive care in cancer worldwide. In this issue, we present exciting information about such a partnership. As described in the following article, the first ever "Best of MASCC" meeting was recently held in Mumbai, India, and was attended by 270 delegates. By all accounts, this meeting was highly successful in promoting awareness about supportive care in cancer and about MASCC in the Indian oncology community.

Perhaps even more exciting is the announcement of the formation of the Indian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (IASCC), in affiliation with MASCC. We are currently working out the best structure for such partnerships with new country-level supportive care organizations, and with the expectation of developing a template that can then be applied around the world.

Although I am originally from Mumbai, the location of this first-ever Best of MASCC meeting is purely coincidental. In fact, this meeting occurred due to the efforts of a number of individuals who must be thanked. On the MASCC side, the driving force behind this meeting was Dr. Matti Aapro, a long-time leader within MASCC. Dr. Aapro truly epitomizes what it means to "be a voice for MASCC" and is always working to advance MASCC and its mission globally. His dedication to supportive care and MASCC is inspiring. I also want to thank Dr. Sandip Mukhopadhyay, MASCC Ambassador for India, for his efforts to increase awareness about MASCC in India. On the IASCC side, I sincerely thank the many Indian physicians who have partnered with us, including Drs. D.C. Doval, Sudeep Gupta, Shona Nag, and Vikas Ostwal. I also want to acknowledge Glenmark Pharmaceuticals for their support of this meeting. Working together, we can all make a difference in the lives of patients with cancer.

Best Wishes, Raj

Best of MASCC India, 2018
Based on a Report by Dr. Sandip Mukhopadhyay, MASCC Ambassador for India

Best of MASCC - IndiaThe first-ever "Best of MASCC" meeting in India took place September 1-2, 2018 in Mumbai.

Topics focused on fostering a basic understanding of supportive care issues, so as to increase awareness of supportive cancer care and of MASCC in India. The program featured a wide range of lectures, case presentations, and panel discussions on symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments and other drug-related issues. Faculty and panelists included MASCC members Dr. Matti Aapro (Keynote Speaker), Dr. Sandip Mukhopadhyay (MASCC Ambassador for India), Dr. Arun Ghoshal, and Dr. Manish Kumar. The meeting culminated in a proposal to establish a new society, the Indian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (IASCC), to be established under the aegis of Nag Foundation (an NGO) as an affiliate of MASCC.
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JASCC's Third Annual Meeting: Evidence-Based Supportive Care

JASCC 2018
The Third Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC) was held in Fukuoka City, Japan from August 31 to September 1, 2018. The theme of this year's meeting was "Evidence-based supportive care to establish the integration of oncology with supportive and palliative care." Designed to help JASCC establish evidence-based approaches to cancer treatment, the meeting provided a venue for discussions and collaborations aimed at improving the quality of medical care. Areas of particular emphasis were oral care for prevention and treatment of oral mucositis secondary to cancer therapy, pathogenesis of cancer cachexia syndrome (CCS), and precision medicine. Other topics included patient-reported outcomes, integration of oncology and palliative care, advance care planning, CINV, febrile neutropenia, and other problems related to cancer and its therapies. The conference also featured a guideline consensus meeting, a JASCC-MASCC Joint Symposium, and a JASCC-JAOSCC Joint Symposium. read more

Dr. Judi Johnson Honored for Outstanding Achievement

Judi JohnsonLong-time MASCC member Judith (Judi) Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, was awarded the University of Minnesota's 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award this past June. The award is conferred on graduates or former students who have attained unusual distinction in their fields and have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership. Dr. Johnson has had a long career as a tireless champion of patient education, which she believes is critical to successful cancer chemotherapy. Dr. Johnson served as Associate Director of MASCC from 2005 to 2011 and as a member of MASCC's Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004. She was one of the developers of the MASCC Oral Agent Teaching Tool (MOATT©) and a co-author of the MOATT© User Guide. As part of the Skin Toxicities Study Group, she was also involved in developing the MASCC EGFR Inhibitor Skin Toxicity Tool©. She is currently a member of MASCC's Study Groups on Geriatrics, Education, and Psychosocial Issues.  read more

Second International Symposium on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws (MRONJ)
November 2, 2018

The Second International Symposium on MRONJ will take place on Friday, November 2, in Copenhagen, Denmark, under the auspices of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. The symposium, chaired by Morten Schiødt, DDS, DrOdont, features a faculty of 10 highly recognized European experts in MRONJ, including MASCC and ISOO members Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS, MSc, DrDent, and Bente Herlofson, DDS, PhD. Topics will include distinguishing between periodontal disease and periodontal complications of MRONJ, prevention of MRONJ, conservative treatment, case studies, and education of healthcare providers and patients. read more

For more information and registration, go to or contact [email protected]

Profile: Bone and Musculoskeletal Study Group

MASCC's Bone & Musculoskeletal Study Group (BMSG) represents a natural evolution of the former Bone Study Group, which was founded in the 1990s under the direction of Chair Jean-Jacques Body, MD. The BMSG is currently chaired by Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS (Greece), who is assisted by Vice-Chairs Winston Tan, MD (USA) and Beatrice Edwards, MD (USA). With this change, the Study Group has expanded its sphere of interests and activities to advance understanding of bone and musculoskeletal health in cancer patients. Its mission is to conduct research and develop guidelines for the prevention and treatment of skeletal complications associated with cancer and its treatments-complications that can affect quality of life and shorten survival. The BMSG seeks to identify new methods for preventing, identifying, and treating bone metastases, to establish guidelines for the management of skeletal complications (such as osteonecrosis of the jaw), and to advance prevention of atypical fractures in patients treated with antiresorptive therapies. It also serves as a resource for multicenter clinical trials and translational studies and aims to improve patients' knowledge of bone health as well. read more

Upcoming Conferences

October 19-23, 2018
ESMO - European Society for Medical Oncology,
2017 Congress Securing access to optimal cancer care.
Munich, Germany

October 26, 2018
2018 Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, USA

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
Reservation and Early Registration Deadline: October 10, 2018

November 16-18, 2018
SIOG 2018 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Late Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018

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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, an exception from our usual Thursday-to-Saturday schedule.

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

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 August!

Sophie Beaumont
Catriona Parker

Ines Schindler
Jutta Umfahrer

Jose Tinoco-Araujo

Czech Republic
Renata Kellnerova

Marianne Kristensen

Shawkat Ahmed

Manish Kumar

Hajime Higuchi

Dora Revesz

Gul Merve Yalcin-Ulker

United States
Patricia Kruger
Emily McLeod
Beth York


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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 Facebook, Twitter 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.

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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