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Strategic Plan

Consensus on the Core Ideology of MASCC 

Definition of Supportive Care

Supportive care in cancer is the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. This includes management of both physical and psychological symptoms and side effects across the continuum of the cancer experience from diagnosis, through anticancer treatment, to post-treatment care. Enhancing rehabilitation, secondary cancer prevention, survivorship, and end-of-life care are integral to supportive care.

Benefits of Supportive Care

The following are just a few of the ways that supportive care makes excellent cancer care possible:

  • Alleviation of symptoms and complications of cancer
  • Prevention or reduction of treatment toxicities
  • Improved communication between patients and caregivers
  • Increased tolerance, and thus benefits, of active therapy
  • Easing of the emotional burden for patients and caregivers
  • Psychosocial support for cancer survivors

Core Purpose of MASCC

MASCC was established to promote optimal supportive care for all people around the world who are experiencing cancer, its treatment, or it's long-term effects.

MASCC Core Values

  • Quality
  • Ethics & integrity
  • Implementation
  • Multidisciplinary Emphasis
  • Evidence-based Research
  • Maximized Quality of Life
  • Education
  • Multiple Constituencies
  • Communication and Access
  • Advocacy
  • Independence
  • Respect for Cultural Diversity

Goal Areas

  • Education of MASCC members and other professionals to promote the concerns of MASCC in healthcare
  • Visibility and communication with members
  • Provision of financial resources to pursue supportive care goals
  • Research to enhance evidence-based knowledge of supportive care in specified areas of interest to members, as defined by study sections
  • Effective organizational structure