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MASCC Society News - September Issue

September 2018

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From the Editor

This month, MASCC President Raj Lalla talks about the importance of partnerships to achieving MASCC’s mission. Meet MariaLuisa Vigano, the youngest investigator to present research at the MASCC Annual Meeting, and Paulina Ackley Akpan IdioK, winner of this year’s Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship. We’ve included an updated list of Study Group leaders, since there have been several recent changes. It’s not too early to start thinking about our next Annual Meeting. We have information and tools to help, and Meeting Chair Andrew Davies invites everyone to MASCC/ISOO 2019. We extend a warm welcome to all the new members who joined us in July. 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,
Raj Lalla

Raj Lalla

Dear Colleagues,

For those of you in the northern hemisphere, I hope you have had a rejuvenating summer and a chance to spend some quality time with family and friends.

In this message, I want to talk about the importance of partnerships to achieving MASCC’s mission of promoting supportive care in cancer. A major focus of our efforts will be to strengthen existing partnerships and establish new ones. In addition to our special relationship with ISOO, MASCC already has MOUs with a few partner organizations. These MOUs promote mutual support and collaboration and include having a presence at one another’s meetings. I’d like to further develop these relationships. We are also pursuing membership agreements with national-level supportive care organizations, similar to those we have with the Italian Network of Supportive Care in Oncology (NICSO) and the Danish Society for Clinical Oncology (DSKO). Our agreement with NICSO was developed with the work of MASCC members Paolo Bossi, Carla Ripamonti, Fausto Roila, and others, while that with DSKO has come about with the efforts of Jørn Herrstedt and Dorothy Keefe. We are looking into expanding this model so that we can partner with other existing national-level groups and help establish new groups where none exist. My long-term vision is of MASCC as the umbrella, international-level, organization with national organizations across the world as partners or affiliates. This could significantly grow our community and increase awareness about supportive care in cancer globally.

Clearly, this will not happen overnight but we are taking some initial steps. More to come on this in the next issue.

Best Wishes, Raj

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Meet Your Study Group Leaders

Since we have had some recent changes in Study Group leaders, it's a good time to provide an updated list. Stay in touch with your Study Groups and get involved in their projects. It's the best way to take full advantage of your MASCC membership and work with like-minded colleagues around the world. Contact Study Group Coordinator Leslie Johnson for more information.

Chair: Matti Aapro, MD - Switzerland
Vice-Chair: Bernardo Rapoport, MD - South Africa
Vice-Chair: Rita Wickham PhD, RN, AOCN - USA

Bone and Musculoskeletal
Chair:  Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis, DDS - Greece
Vice-Chair:  Winston Tan, MD - USA
Vice-Chair: Beatrice Edwards, MD - USA

Chair: Paz Fernández-Ortega, RN, MSc, PhD - Spain
Vice-Chair: Manon Lemonde, PhD, RN - Canada
Vice-Chair: Judy Phillips, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN - USA

Chair: Karen Mustian, PhD - USA
Vice-Chair: Stephen R Samuel, PhD, MPT - India

Chair: Christopher Steer, MBBS, FRACP - Australia
Vice-Chair: Sriram Yennu, MD - USA

Chair: Carmen Escalante, MD - USA
Vice-Chair: Thomas Butler, MD - USA
Vice-Chair: Carme Font, MD - Spain

Chair: Sharon Elad, DMD MSc - USA
Vice-Chair: Paolo Bossi, MD - Italy 
Vice-Chair: Karis Cheng, PhD, RN - Singapore

Neurological Complications
Chair: Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH - USA
Vice-Chair: Alex Chan, PharmD - Singapore

Neutropenia, Infection & Myelosuppression
Chair: Bernardo Rapoport, MD - South Africa
Vice-Chair: TBD

Nutrition and Cachexia
Chair: Liz Isenring, PhD - Australia
Vice-Chair:  Egidio G. Del Fabbro, MD - USA

Oral Care
Chair: Kivanç Bektaş Kayhan, PhD, DDS - Turkey
Vice-Chair: Deborah Saunders, DMD - Canada 

Palliative Care
Chair: Gregory Crawford, MD - Australia
Vice-Chair: David Hui, MD - USA

Chair: Andrea Orsey, MD, MSCE - USA
Vice-Chair: Jason Freedman, MD MSCE - USA

Chair: Lidia Schapira, MD - USA
Vice-Chair: Bogda Koczwara, BMBS, FRACP, MBioethics, FAICD - Australia

Rehabilitation, Survivorship & Quality of Life
Chair: Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BN, RN, FACN - Australia
Vice-Chair: Margaret Fitch, RN, PhD - Canada

Skin Toxicities
Chair: Jennifer Choi, MD - USA
Vice-Chair: Mario E Lacouture, MD - USA

Meet Our Youngest Investigator, MariaLuisa Vigano

MariaLuisa Vigano

At the 2018 Annual Meeting’s Parallel Session on Cannabinoids for Symptom Management, MariaLuisa Vigano delivered a paper on cannabis-based treatments for improving appetite in cancer patients and others with nonmalignant chronic diseases. MariaLuisa is the 17-year-old daughter of MASCC member Antonio Vigano, who encouraged her to submit an abstract to MASCC's Annual Meeting. MariaLuisa told us: “I picked the topic of medical cannabis because over the past three years, I have witnessed, through my father's work, the revolution it is creating in the field of medicine around the world and particularly in Canada. The results of her study support the administration of cannabis-based medicines for improved appetite and weight maintenance in patients with anorexia due to cancer or nonmalignant chronic diseases.  read more 

Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship Winner
Paulina Ackley Akpan-IdioK

Paulina Ackley Akpan-IdioK

Paulina Ackley Akpan-IdioK, PhD, of Nigeria was awarded MASCC’s 2018 Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship for her research on the influence of supportive care intervention on the caregiving burden. A lecturer in Nursing Science at the University of Calabar, Paulina has also worked as a bedside registered nurse-midwife, a public/community health nurse, and a primary healthcare tutor for over 30 years. Paulina is passionately committed to promoting supportive cancer care in developing countries. She is active in several professional organizations and the recipient of many awards and scholarships.  read more

Annual Meeting
June 21-23 - SAN FRANCISCO

Plan Ahead for MASCC/ISOO 2019!
Plans for MASCC/ISOO 2019 are well underway. 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, as well as 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

2019 Meeting Chair and
Local Organizing Committee

Annual Meeting Chair: Andrew Davies
Annual Meeting Administrator: Emma Dillsworth
Local Organizing Committee:
Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO (Chair)
Hope S. Rugo, MD (Co-Chair)
Joel Epstein, DMD, MSD
Betty Ferrell, PhD
Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN
Oxana Palesh, PhD, MPH

A Message from Annual Meeting Chair, Andrew Davies

Dear Colleague,

I would like to personally invite you to the next joint Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) in San Francisco, California from June 21 to 23, 2019. Since the meeting is being held close to Silicon Valley, a major theme in 2019 will be the interaction of digital technology and supportive care. We aim to partner with major technology companies involved in oncology. Other themes are New Treatments / New Toxicities, Sexual Health, Biosimilars, and Cancer Survivorship. Along with a cutting-edge program, the meeting will include some new interactive features and many opportunities for networking and collaboration. read more

Upcoming Conferences

September 17-18, 2018
33rd International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care
Tokyo, Japan

September 23-26, 2018
International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN)
Auckland, New Zealand

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

November 16-18, 2018
International Society of Geriatric Oncology SIOG Annual Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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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 July!

Christine Nemeth

Maria Da Gloria Melo

Christine Reudelsterz

Chia Jie Tan

Yi Long Toh

Carmen Beato

United States
Elizabeth Arthur
Mary Baker
Noah A. Levit
Michael Richardson


2018 Meeting Photo Gallery 

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, TBA, 2020
Seville, Spain

June, TBA, 2021
Yokohama, Japan

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