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New Subgroup in Exercise Oncology

2021     We’re excited to announce that our Survivorship Study Group is launching a new Subgroup in Exercise Oncology. Led by Prof Ray Chan and Dr Marg Fitch, the new Subgroup is already generating a lot of interest among members, with a number of intriguing research areas proposed. The group plans to initially focus on: 1) research on people with metastatic disease, 2) implementation science in exercise oncology, and 3) research on clinical outcomes through exercise for cancer survivors. Collaboration with other Study Groups will be a priority for the new Subgroup, including the Fatigue, Geriatrics, and Neurological Complications Study Groups, among others.

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In Memory of Ed Rubenstein

Edward Rubenstein2021    A long-time member, leader, and advocate for MASCC, Ed Rubenstein sadly passed away recently at the age of 63. As well as being instrumental in the development of MASCC’s mucositis and febrile neutropenia guidelines, Ed was also a warm and charismatic person who will be greatly missed by many. Many of our long-time members have shared their remembrances of Ed, his life and his work.

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Congratulations to our Newest MASCC-Designated Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

2021    We’re delighted to announce three new MASCC-Designated Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer:

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New Partnership with SBOC

Brazilian Society of Clinical Oncology 2021    We’re excited to announce our most recent MOU partner: the Brazilian Society of Clinical Oncology (Sociedade Brasileira de Oncologia Clínica, or SBOC). SBOC is the national organization representing clinical oncologists in Brazil. Founded in 1981, it operates in many areas, including training and research, continuing education, health policies, professional advocacy, and national and international relations. In view of the growing importance of this specialty, SBOC seeks to constantly improve itself as a reflective, purposeful, collaborative and enterprising organization, aiming to contribute to the strengthening of oncology in Brazil and around the world. Brazilian members of MASCC are invited to learn more about the benefits of SBOC membership at https://www.sboc.org.br/associe-se.

MASCC Staff Updates

2021    MASCC Staff Updates: We’re pleased to introduce our newest team members Ruxandra Nedu - MASCC Associate Director, Jocelyn White - Events and Marketing Manager and Sylvia Black our Communications Specialist. 



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Oral Mucositis Awareness Day April 6

2021    Participate in Oral Mucositis Awareness Day this coming Tuesday, April 6!  This is an advocacy effort in support of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week and in support of Esophageal, Oral, and Head & Neck Cancer Awareness month. Oral Mucositis can take cancer patients by surprise. Many report that when it comes to this side effect, they feel lost, in pain, isolated, unsupported, and on their own. Help raise awareness by posting the Oral Mucositis Awareness Circle on social media, along with Oral Mucositis tips and information - use the tags #MoreThanASore,  #OMAD21,  #OralMucositis. Visit MucositisAwareness.org for more information and to download the Oral Mucositis Awareness Circle.

Upcoming Webinar: Geriatric Oncology During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EDT.  Join this webinar hosted by the MASCC Geriatrics Study Group (GSG) for a timely and informative discussion on supportive care in older cancer patients during the pandemic. Featured Speaker: Dr Armin Shahrokni - Supportive Care in Older Patients with Cancer: Virtual Care, its Innovations and Challenges in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Learn more and reserve your spot.

Now we are 30: 10 more years of MASCC - Ian Olver

2021    Now we are 30: 10 more years of MASCC - Ian N. Olver, Melissa Chin, Rajesh V. Lalla
Supportive Care in Cancer Journal 2021. 29:1713-1718

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MASCC President Elect and Board Member Maryam Lustberg Named Director of The Breast Center and Chief of Breast Medical Oncology

2021    MASCC President Elect and Board Member Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH, has been appointed Director of The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Chief of Breast Medical Oncology at Yale Cancer Center. She will also join the faculty at Yale Cancer Center as an Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology).

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MASCC/ISOO 2021 Annual Meeting - Help Spread the Word!

2021    Our 2021 Annual Meeting will take place virtually on June 24-26.  A Promotional Toolkit is now available - here will 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. 

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We Wish You Well, Leslie Johnson!

2021    Leslie Johnson will be departing MASCC, her last day will be February 19, 2021. As of February 20, 2021, please direct any questions related to Study Groups and Sponsorship to Melissa Chin at [email protected] until we are able to secure a replacement. We appreciate your patience during this transitionary period. 

Leslie has conveyed her enjoyment in working with MASCC and our members. We thank Leslie for her contributions to MASCC to-date and wish her the best of success in all future endeavors.

Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels Recognized as a MASCC Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

2021    

MASCC is proud to announce that the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, Belgium has been recognized as a MASCC-Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. The hospital is a research institute of the Université libre de Bruxelles and specializes in oncology. The Institute hosts various multi-professional teams for supportive care, including a Pain and other symptoms Management Team, a Psycho-oncology Unit, a Nursing and palliative Care Unit, and a Physiotherapy Unit. Occupational therapy and end-of-life care are offered in the Institute. The application was organized by MASCC Member, Dominique Lossignol, MD, Head of the Supportive Care Unit at the Institute. Lossignol is responsible for clinical and administrative supervision of the unit.

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MASCC/ISOO members invited to submit MRONJ

2021    MASCC/ISOO members invited to submit MRONJ research to Frontiers in Oral Health and Oral Surgery
Guest Editors: Josiah Eyeson, Vinod Patel, and Ourania Nicolatou-Galitis

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Job Postings: New Career Opportunities and Fellowship Listings

2021    MASCC Career Opportunities and Fellowship Listings

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Special Announcement: MASCC/ISOO 2021 Annual Meeting Moves to a Virtual Experience

2021    The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to postpone the MASCC/ISOO 2020 Annual Meeting, and it has forced us to convert the 2021 Annual Meeting into a totally virtual event. The dates of the Annual meeting are unchanged (June 24-26, 2021), and each day will have a “live” program timed to specific time zones (i.e., Day 1 – British Summer Time; Day 2 – Eastern Daylight Time; Day 3 – Australian Central Standard Time). In addition, there will also be many more pre-recorded sessions (e.g., “parallel sessions”, “meet the expert sessions”), and all of the live / pre-recorded sessions will be accessible during and after the Annual Meeting. The e-poster sessions will now be e-video sessions (see below). Obviously, the social events will now be virtual, but we hope just as entertaining as in previous years!

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Call for members to Join MASCC’s Newly Established Consumer (Patient Advocate) Engagement Committee

2020    MASCC announces the launch of its newly formed Consumer Engagement Committee, chaired by long standing MASCC member and consumer engagement champion, Anna Boltong, PhD. Reporting to the MASCC Board, the committee was established to build a framework for meaningful consumer engagement that aligns with MASCC’s current and future strategies. The ethos of the committee is to provide a platform through which the lived experience of cancer can be leveraged to inform best practice activity and to optimize benefits to current and future MASCC community members. 

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Become a reviewer for the journal, Supportive Care in Cancer

2020     MASCC/ISOO members are invited to assist our journal’s editorial board by reviewing articles in their areas of expertise.  Log in to sign up through the “Become a Reviewer” form. You will be able to choose among 28 categories. Please select from this list the papers you feel you would be interested in reviewing. To log in and sign up, click here

10th Annual TAO Cancer Toxicity Management Meeting

2020    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.  

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

2020    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.

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

2020    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.