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World Cancer Day is February 4th

2020   World Cancer Day is a global observance that helps raise people’s awareness of cancer and how to prevent, detect, and treat it. This event is held each year on February 4 — a time when people, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations work together to help the general public learn more about the different types of cancer, as well as prevention, treatment, and support. The 2019-2021 campaign theme, “I Am and I Will,” stresses empowerment and personal commitment and is intended to inspire change and mobilize action long after the official day has passed. This is also a good time to help spread the word about the importance of supportive cancer care — for people living with cancer, for cancer survivors, for caregivers and for loved ones.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Oral Medicine - Atrium Health, Charlotte, North Carolina

2020    The Oral Medicine Research Laboratory at Atrium Health, North Carolina, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. This individual will conduct basic and clinical translational research for genomics related biomarker discovery for oral and systemic diseases, using molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, and microbiology investigation methodologies. Responsibilities include all aspects of research, including protocol and experimental design, study implementation in the laboratory, data analysis and interpretation, grant writing, abstract and manuscript preparation, and presentation at meetings. For further information about essential functions and responsibilities, see Postdoctoral and Research Fellowships. Or contact Dr. Jean-Luc Mougeot (Tel. 1-704-355-4279).

DSA Nominations Deadline - April 1, 2020

2020    The MASCC Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes meritorious achievement, exemplary leadership, and outstanding contributions to MASCC and its mission. Any MASCC member can nominate a candidate for this award. Nominees must be current members of MASCC in good standing and must have made a significant contribution to research, education, and/or clinical supportive care in cancer. The DSA is presented each year at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. The most recent recipients include Drs. Rachel Gibson (2019), Charles Loprinzi (2018), David Warr (2017), Matti Aapro (2016), Jørn Herrstedt (2015), Dorothy Keefe (2014), Declan Walsh (2013), and Paul Hesketh (2012). Nominations for the 2020 DSA are due by April 1st. See the award policy, selection process, and nomination form at MASCC Policies and Forms.

Four Centers Named Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

2020    MASCC is pleased to announce the first four MASCC-Designated Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. MASCC’s certification program, initiated in February 2019, aims to promote and recognize oncology centers around the world that demonstrate best practices in supportive cancer care by successfully integrating oncology and supportive care, upholding high standards, and maintaining comprehensive supportive care services. MASCC’s certification program also aims both to educate and to encourage a supportive care focus among oncology healthcare professionals globally. Certification criteria include a supportive care focus in clinical activities, research, and educational initiatives, as well as adherence to international guidelines. Qualifying Centers may apply to MASCC’s Certification Program.

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New MASCC Subgroup on Digital Health

2020    Digital health — the use of technology to improve health and healthcare — is a simple concept, but a broad field that encompasses telehealth and telemedicine, health information technology, mobile health, and personalized medicine. One of its prime aims and benefits is the empowerment of all individuals to make better-informed health decisions by providing accurate and appropriate information as well as options for prevention, early diagnosis, and disease management outside traditional healthcare settings. Digital health products include mobile medical apps, decision support software, wearable devices, and more.

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2020 Pre-Conference Workshops Announced

2020    MASCC is pleased to announce four exciting Pre-Conference Workshops to be held at the 2020 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting. All of the workshops will take place on Thursday, June 25, from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Workshop attendance requires registration in addition to registration for the Annual Meeting. Register at the official 2020 Annual Meeting website. Early-bird registration rates (for both the conference and the workshops) are in effect until March 10.

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Sapporo Conference 2020

2020    The Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer will be held on August 21-22, 2020 in Sapporo, Japan. The meeting will feature a symposium on opioids and cancer pain, as well as sessions focusing on the integration of oncology and palliative care, spiritual issues in palliative care, and psycho-oncology. Among the featured speakers are MASCC members Eduardo Bruera, MD, FAAHPM, Marvin Delgado-Guay, MD, Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, Thomas W. LeBlanc, MD, MA, MHS, FAAHPM, and Takao Takahashi, MD, PhD. The deadline for abstract submission is January 23, 2020. For more information, see Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer.

Funding Opportunity for Oncology Nurses

2020    Do you have a great idea to improve oncology care? Together with the Oncology Nursing Society, Johnson & Johnson announces the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in Oncology. Nurses worldwide are invited to submit their innovative ideas aimed at improving oncology care — novel concepts, protocols, treatment approaches, and device ideas that may have the power to profoundly change human health. The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding and access to mentoring and coaching from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to help bring their ideas to life.

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Call for volunteers! Working Group on MASCC App

2020    MASCC is considering the development of an app to allow healthcare professionals to quickly search for guidelines and expert opinions on managing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments. We would like to put together a MASCC Working Group to explore the possibility of developing such an app and provide input on desirable features. The objective is an easily searchable resource that can be used in the clinic or at the bedside to access current management practices in supportive oncology at the point of care. If you are interested, contact Melissa at [email protected].

Farewell to Toni Clark

2020    MASCC is sad to announce that Toni Clark, MASCC Web and Society News Editor, will be retiring.  We thank her for her many contributions.  Her MASCC family sends wishes for much good fortune, safe travels and the best of luck.

A Personal Note on My Retirement

I will be retiring from MASCC and concluding my medical writing career at the end of January but will be on hand for a few weeks to help with the transition to our new Communications Manager. For those who don’t know me well, I’ve had a long career as a medical writer and editor before joining the MASCC team in September 2014 — first in academic research centers and later in private industry at companies that produced diagnostic and management decision-making software. While both settings afforded numerous challenges, opportunities, and great personal satisfaction, MASCC has been the best fit for me — the most congenial atmosphere and the most rewarding work. I’m really happy that the conclusion of my professional work-life has been so gratifying.



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Karen Mustian Receives the 2019 Debra Sivesind Career Award

2019    Karen Mustian, PhD, MS, MPH, ACSM, FSBM, received this year’s Debra Sivesind Career Award at the 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, held October 18-19, 2019 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The Debra Sivesind Career Award recognizes outstanding contributions to palliative care, and Dr. Mustian was recognized for her numerous contributions to symptom management in cancer patients and survivors. Eduardo Bruera, MD, introduced the Award and Dr. Mustian delivered the Award Lecture, “Treatment of Cancer-Related Fatigue in Advanced Patients: What Can We Do Now?”

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MASCC’s Newest Affiliate: Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC)

2019    In November 2019, the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC) became MASCC’s newest affiliate. This affiliation allows for joint membership in both organizations with all membership benefits. MASCC’s affiliate program was designed to strengthen relationships with national associations of supportive care in cancer around the world. Partnering with other organizations helps to promote supportive care at the local level with special attention to each nation’s particular needs and resources, as well as economic and cultural issues. The aim is to create a global network of supportive care organizations that allows for international collaboration, as well as enhancing the experiences of cancer patients worldwide.

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MASCC and Social Media, Part II: MASCC’s Social Media Strategy

2019    Our October issue carried the article “MASCC and Social Media, Part I: Why Social Media Matters,” which considered the importance of social media to healthcare organizations, including MASCC. From its origins as a means of social exchange and keeping in touch with friends, social media has rapidly evolved to become a powerful platform for sharing information with customers, clients, and colleagues. In the healthcare sphere, it now provides a major means of disseminating best practices and the latest clinical and research findings and is also rapidly becoming an extension of the patient-provider relationship. MASCC has made a commitment to using social media to advance knowledge of supportive cancer care, connect with professionals and patients alike, and increase its visibility as the prime international and multidisciplinary organization devoted to supportive care in cancer.

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University of Rochester Post-Doc Position: Cancer Control and Prevention

2019    The NCI-Supported Clinical Research Training in Cancer Control Program at the University of Rochester provides post-doctoral MD or PhD researchers with knowledge and experience to establish careers as outstanding independent investigators in cancer control and prevention research. For more information, see www.futureresearchers.org. Or contact Program Directors, Drs. Michelle Janelsins and Gary Morrow, or Program Director Kate Kessler, at [email protected].  A description is also listed at Supportive Care Clinical and Research Positions.

Ian Olver Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care

2019    Ian Olver, AM, MD, PhD, has been awarded the Tom Reeve Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). The award, announced in September 2019 by COSA CEO Marie Malica, is the most prestigious national award in Australia in the field of clinical oncology.

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Survey Participants Wanted: Practitioners' Views on PROs

2019    MASCC’s Survivorship Study Group invites healthcare professionals involved in the care of cancer patients to share their experiences and perceptions regarding patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in a 10-minute online survey. The Study Group is investigating oncology practitioners' current strategies and experiences in applying PROs in clinical practice, performance measurement, and research. The aims are (1) to explore practitioners’ experiences and perceptions on the use of PROs in routine clinical care at the patient level and (2) to assess the value of PROs as a performance or quality-of-care indicator at the system level. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards of Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.
If you are interested in participating, please follow this link for more information and the online survey by July 31, 2020: Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Data Collection in Routine Care: An International Survey of Oncology Practitioners.

2019 Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium

2019    The 2019 Annual Cancer Treatment-Related Adverse Events Symposium will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 and Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, New York, NY. The course is directed by MASCC member Mario E. Lacouture, MD, who is the Director of the Oncodermatology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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MASCC and Social Media. Part 1: Why Social Media Matters

2019    Social media is the process whereby people use online tools and platforms to share content and information. Social media platforms include websites where users share, exchange, discuss, and sometimes create or modify content (in the form of text, images, audio and video) in virtual communities on the Internet.

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AICSO - A New MASCC Affiliate

2019    MASCC has just signed an affiliate agreement with the Associação de Investigação e Cuidados de Suporte em Oncologia (AICSO), the Oncology Supportive Care Research Association in Portugal. AICSO Board member Dr. Andreia Capela has been instrumental in bringing about this partnership, which will increase the memberships of both organizations, support collaboration, and help to promote the goals of supportive care in cancer. AICSO, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit, public interest institution. Its aim is the integration of supportive care resources for cancer patients all along the cancer continuum. In recent years, the organization has been active in promoting an active lifestyle for all patients living with and beyond cancer. To meet its goals, AICSO promotes research programs and professional development in supportive cancer care, as well as helping to educate the public about the importance of supportive care for all cancer patients and survivors. AICSO is led by President Dr. Ana Joaquim and Vice-President Dr. Sandra Custódio who, as well as Dr. Capela, are medical oncologists. Find out more at http://www.aicso.pt.

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MASCC/ISOO 2019 Meeting Slides and Videos

2019    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)

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