IASCC — A New MASCC Affiliate

2019    In May 2019, MASCC signed an affiliation agreement with the Indian Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (IASCC). IASCC is a subdivision of Nag Foundation, a public charitable trust in Pune, Maharashtra, India, with a mandate of cancer care, research, and education. The IASCC’s mission is to promote research and education in the field of oncology supportive care among Indian healthcare providers. Its specific objectives are (1) to promote and undertake supportive care education for oncologists, nurses, and other oncology professionals through courses, modules, and meetings and (2) to collaborate with MASCC on research projects. Through its affiliate program, MASCC aims to create a global network of supportive care organizations that allows for international collaboration, as well as enhancing the experiences of cancer patients worldwide.

Through this reciprocal agreement with IASCC, MASCC members residing in India automatically become members of IASCC. Similarly, all members of IASCC become full members of MASCC with all membership benefits, including electronic access to the MASCC journal, Supportive Care in Cancer, discounted registration fees to MASCC Annual Meetings, membership in MASCC Study Groups, opportunities to participate in international projects (such as guideline development), and the MASCC Society News. MASCC membership also ensures opportunities for mentorship and opportunities for networking with international leaders in the field of supportive cancer care.

IASCC is led by Dr. Dinesh C. Doval, President, Dr. Shona Nag, Vice President, Dr. Sudeep Gupta, Vice President, and Dr. Vikas Ostwal, General Secretary.


Dr. Dinesh C. Doval is Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of Breast and Thoracic Services at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute in New Delhi.



Dr. Shona Nag, a Nag Foundation Trustee, is a medical oncologist and Director of Oncology at the Sahyadri Hospitals, Pune.



Dr. Sudeep Gupta is a medical oncologist on the board of the Nag Foundation and is a Professor of Medical Oncology at the Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai.



Dr. Vikas Ostwal is a medical oncologist and an Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai.

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