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MASCC Society News - September Issue

September 2019

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From the Editor

This month, we bring you exciting news about two clinical practice guidelines: a new MASCC/ISOO/ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, and the latest update of the MASCC/ISOO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Mucositis Secondary to Cancer Therapy. We announce the 2019 Best of MASCC India meeting, joint sessions featuring MASCC at both EONS and ESMO, and educational programs in supportive and palliative care at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. MASCC President Dr. Rajesh Lalla discusses the importance of clinical practice guidelines to the MASCC mission. As usual, we include several conference reminders and deadlines. We extend a warm welcome to 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, Editor

Message from the President,
Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

The two clinical practice guidelines projects described in this issue are important for several reasons. First and foremost, they will directly contribute to patients receiving evidence-based clinical care, which can improve clinical outcomes. They will be very helpful to the busy clinician, who may not have the time to review all the underlying literature to determine which interventions are supported by evidence and which are not. Thus, these guidelines will improve supportive care for cancer patients, which is the essence of our mission.

These guidelines also advance the MASCC mission in other ways. They increase awareness about supportive care, advance the state of the science, and help to establish best practices and a research agenda for future work. They also raise the profile of MASCC and ISOO and help strengthen relationships with important partners. For example, the MRONJ guideline is the first ever MASCC/ISOO guideline developed jointly with ASCO. The previous version of the MASCC/ISOO Mucositis Guidelines was adopted by ESMO and other groups. And the MASCC/ESMO Antiemetic guidelines were developed jointly with that organization. All of these collaborations help to enhance the visibility and world-wide impact of these guidelines, with benefit to our patients.

I would like to thank several individuals and groups for these two recently published projects. Our partner ISOO was the driving force and put in most of the effort behind the MRONJ guideline. My thanks and congratulations to ISOO and all those involved in this project. In particular, I would like to mention Drs. Deborah Saunders and Noam Yarom for their leadership on this project and Dr. Douglas Peterson who has played an important role in establishing this collaboration with ASCO. For the Mucositis Guidelines, I thank Dr. Sharon Elad for her tremendous hard work and leadership, as well as Drs. Paolo Bossi and Karis Kin-Fong Cheng and all of the Mucositis Study Group members involved in the project.

Another important group that has contributed to these guidelines is the MASCC Guidelines Committee. This group has reviewed all the guidelines to ensure that they meet the MASCC Guidelines Policy and made useful suggestions to improve the publications. My sincere thanks to Dr. Fred Ashbury, Chair of the MASCC Guidelines Committee and the other members of the committee, Drs. Matti Aapro, Elaine Boland, Alex Molassiotis, Douglas Peterson, Bernardo Rapoport, and Mario Lacouture, and Ms. Leslie Johnson. These projects demonstrate that great things can be accomplished when a committed group of volunteers is united by a common mission. Together, we are making a difference.

Best Wishes,

New Clinical Practice Guideline on MRONJ

A new MASCC/ISOO/ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline on Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. (Yarom N et al, J Clin Oncol 2019 Jul 22:JCO1901186. Epub ahead of print). The new Guideline specifies best practices in the prevention and management of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) in patients with cancer. A multidisciplinary Expert Panel convened jointly by MASCC, ISOO, and ASCO evaluated evidence and formulated recommendations. The literature review included studies of the prevention and management of MRONJ related to bone-modifying agents (BMAs) for oncologic indications published between January 2009 and December 2017. Results from an earlier systematic review (2003 to 2008) were also included. Read more

2019 Update: MASCC/ISOO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Mucositis Secondary to Cancer Therapy

MASCC's Mucositis Study Group (MSG) has announced the latest update of the MASCC/ISOO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Mucositis Secondary to Cancer Therapy. An editorial by MSG Chair Sharon Elad, DMD, MSc, and seven articles have been published (July 2019) in a Special Section of Supportive Care in Cancer (SCC), available here via open access until August 8, 2020. This is the first set of papers generated as part of this guideline update and it represents several types of interventions for oral mucositis: anti-inflammatory agents; photobiomodulation; vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements; and protocols categorized as basic oral care. An entire paper is dedicated to interventions for the management of gastrointestinal mucositis. The complete set of guidelines on the management of mucositis will be available after a second set of papers is published in a future volume of SCC. These guidelines provide the current evidence-based standard of care for mucositis and represent the benchmark for future trials.  Read more

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. 

Tell Your Colleagues

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.


MASCC will have an exhibit at the 2019 Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the European Nursing Society (EONS), both of which take place September 27th to October 1st in Barcelona, Spain. If you are there, please stop by and say hello at Booth S21 in the Society Village!

Joint Sessions at ESMO and EONS

Don't miss these joint sessions at upcoming meetings!

ESMO-MASCC Session on Management of Cancer and Anticancer Therapy-Induced Side Effects at the ESMO 2019 Congress in Barcelona. September 27, 16:00-17:30. Cartagena Auditorium (Hall 3). The session will be chaired by MASCC members Karin Jordan, MD, and Rajesh Lalla, DDS, PhD. MASCC member Matti Aapro, MD, is also among the speakers. For information and registration: ESMO Congress 2019.

EONS-MASCC Session on Cancer Survivor vs. Survivorship: Clash of Cultures or Words? at ESMO 2019 in Barcelona, September 29, 17:00-18:00. Oviedo Auditorium (CC5). The session will be chaired by Harald Titzer, RN, MSc. MASCC member Raymond Chan, RN, PhD, is among the speakers. For information and registration: EONS12 (2019).

2019 Best of MASCC, India

The second Best of MASCC India meeting, hosted by the Indian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (IASCC), will be held September 14-15 at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. The program will include presentations, workshops, and discussions on treatments and techniques for minimizing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments, including the psychological, social, and economic dimensions of cancer diagnosis and treatment. The meeting is intended for physicians, nurses, and other oncology professionals. For more information about the program, faculty, and registration, see Best of MASCC/IASCC 2019 or contact [email protected]. Read more

Supportive and Palliative Care Education at the MD Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson Cancer Center offers a course on Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physician Board Review, September 24-26, 2019, with both in-person and online options. See Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physician Board Review Course for information on CME and MOC credits. Read more

23rd Annual Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center

The 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine will be held October 18-19, 2019 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA. The conference will help participants learn how to implement new techniques and treatments in clinical practice to improve patient care and outcomes. Featured speakers include Jennifer Temel, MD, Karen Mustian, PhD, and Eduardo Bruera, MD. For more information, including accreditation and registration, see 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. (Complimentary registration for September 2019 Board Review Attendees!) Read more

Upcoming Conferences

September 6-7, 2019
The 4th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Aomori, Japan

September 14-15, 2019
2019 Best of MASCC, India
Mumbai, India

September 24-26, 2019
Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
And Intensive Physician Board Review
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2019
EONS12 - European Oncology Nursing Society
At ESMO2019
Barcelona, Spain

Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2019
ESMO 2019 Congress
Translating Science into Better Cancer Patient Care
Barcelona, Spain

October 4, 2019
III International Symposium - Supportive Therapy in Oncology: From Theory to Practice
Chelyabinsk, Russia

October 18-19, 2019
23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

October 19-21, 2019
16th International Conference on Integrative Oncology
Advancing the Science & Art of Integrative Oncology
New York City, New York

October 25-26, 2019
Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

October 25-26, 2019
ASCO Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium
Advancing Palliative Research Across the Care Continuum
San Francisco, California

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

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Seville, Spain
June 25-27, 2020

New MASCC Members

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

Caleb Economou
Michael Jefford
Claire Kelly

Renata Camilotti

Maya Prasad
Aniket Thoke

Simona Carnio
Giovanna Catania
Laura Cavalli
Roberta Cherubini
Tiziana Falbo
Lorenza Garufi
Arianna Marinello
Andrea Rocchi
Lucianna Russo
Agnese Vannini
Clizia Zichi

Kathrin Vollmer

United Kingdom
Stephanie Pearson

United States
Lori Burckhardt
Blair Ettles
Jin-ah Sim

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Our 2020 Annual Meeting will take place on June 25-27 in Seville, Spain.
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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.

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