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AgeCare is an Elite Research Center based in the Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark, and is directed by Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSc. The center aims to optimize cancer therapy and supportive care for older cancer patients through a wide range of research projects. Its staff and collaborators include physicians, medical physicists, nurses, translational researchers, molecular biologists, and clinical pharmacologists. AgeCare works with other groups and societies at the intersection of geriatric oncology and supportive care, including the Cancer and Aging Research Group, the International Society for Geriatric Oncology, and MASCC.

Cambridge Research Centre
The Cambridge Research Centre is an independent healthcare publisher that produces a Treatment Strategies Newsletter in oncology, as well as Treatment Strategies – Oncology, a free annual eBook containing articles on therapeutics and technological advances by leaders in the oncology field. The eBooks also contain information from recent oncology meetings and congresses.

CME Zone
CME Zone was created by Applied Clinical Education (ACE), which develops educational initiatives to meet the needs of practicing clinicians. Individual activities focus on maintaining, developing, or increasing the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of oncology physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other specialists. All activities are free and can be completed online. Certificates of completion are available for printing.
ecancer, an oncology channel, founded by the European Cancer Organisation and the European Institute of Oncology, provides current oncology news and videos as a service to the global cancer community. The site is committed to improving cancer communication and education with the goal of optimizing patient care and outcomes.

ECRI Guidelines Trust®
The Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) is a worldwide non-profit organization that conducts independent medical device evaluations, with labs located in North America and Asia Pacific. ECRI is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ECRI serves the healthcare industry, from providers and insurers to government agencies, and medical associations. Their areas of focus include:

  • Patient Safety: empowering leaders to eliminate patient harm through the dissemination of best practices, guidance, benchmarking, and recommendations.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine: providing clinical evidence to inform and support decisions on the effectiveness of medical technologies, procedures, genetic tests, and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Technology Decision Support: arming hospital systems with unbiased insights, so they can optimize their supply chain.

European School of Oncology
The European School of Oncology, in collaboration with Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology and Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, holds web-based distance learning programs available for CME credit for health professionals. These include e-sessions, e-grandrounds, and e-oncoreviews.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) maintains an extensive website with resources for health professionals, researchers, advocates and policymakers, international partners, and industry, as well as patients. For professionals, NCI provides news and events, research information, and funding and training opportunities.

Palliative Care Network and Palliative Care Network Community
Palliative Care Network provides a platform for palliative care professionals to teach, interact, and exchange ideas with fellow colleagues in places around the world where the knowledge gap is wider than the technology gap.

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is the leading international nongovernmental organization dedicated to the global prevention and control of cancer. UICC’s mission is to connect, mobilize and support organizations, leading experts, key stakeholders and volunteers in a dynamic community working together to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations.

A core activity of UICC is its Fellowships Programme, which currently administers five international fellowships. It plays a major role in UICC’s mission and vision to build capacity and contribute to the professional development of cancer investigators, clinicians, nurses, cancer society staff, and volunteers, with a focus on countries with low or middle incomes. Read more about the Fellowship Programme at

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Professional Organizations: International

Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)
The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is a nonprofit international organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer, their families, and caregivers. Established in 1984, AOSW has become the world’s largest professional organization entirely dedicated to the psychosocial care of people affected by cancer. Activities include networking, education, advocacy, research, and resource development. Its members include professionals and students who practice in hospitals, cancer centers, home care agencies, hospice, community-based oncology practices, community programs, patient advocacy organizations, educational institutions, and other settings. 

International Academy of Oral Oncology (IAOO) 
The International Academy of Oral Oncology (IAOO) draws together clinicians and scientists worldwide to work on issues relating to the causes, epidemiology, prevention, and management of oral and perioral tumors and of oral disease in patients with malignancies. 

International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC)
The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is dedicated to improving palliative care worldwide. IAHPC promotes the relief of pain and suffering by advocating adequate treatment, including access to potent analgesics and the inclusion of palliative care in the public health agenda. IAHPC works with other associations and agencies, as well as individuals, to improve communication and access to resources and to foster opportunities in education and training around the globe. 

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is a global organization of nearly 4,000 lung cancer specialists in 80 countries. IASLC members work to enhance the understanding of lung cancer among scientists, the medical community, and the public. IASLC publishes the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, a valuable resource for medical specialists and scientists who focus on the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer. 

International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)
The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) fosters multidisciplinary communication about clinical, educational, and research issues related to the psychosocial dimensions of cancer. IPOS provides resources for both professionals and patients. Areas of particular emphasis are the response of patients, families, and staff to cancer and its treatment at all stages, and the psychological, social, and behavioral factors that influence tumor progression and survival.

International Society of Geriatric Oncology
Société Internationale d’Oncologie Gériatrique (SIOG)
The International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) is a multidisciplinary society of physicians and other healthcare professionals in the fields of oncology and geriatrics in more than 40 countries around the world. SIOG seeks to advance the art, science, and practice of geriatric oncology to ensure a high standard of healthcare for older cancer patients. 

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC)
The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) is dedicated to improving standards of cancer care through education, research and training. The Society recognizes and promotes the critical role of nurses in reducing the global burden of cancer and fosters international networking and interaction among cancer nursing groups and individuals. 

International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP)
The International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP) helps to connect oncology pharmacy experts around the world. Members share a common interest in providing optimal drug therapy to cancer patients. Through the Society’s symposia, journal, newsletter, and website, members can access leading-edge oncology knowledge, best practices, and professional networks.

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional association of more than 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. The ONS provides a professional community for oncology nurses, develops evidence-based education programs, provides treatment information, and advocates for patient care. Based in the United States, the ONS is involved in capacity-building programs on a global level and works closely with several international organizations, including MASCC.

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Professional Organizations: National and Regional

African Palliative Care Association (APCA) 
The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) is dedicated to promoting affordable and culturally appropriate palliative care throughout Africa. APCA aims to ensure that palliative care is widely understood, underpinned by evidence, and integrated into health systems at all levels. The organization works to raise awareness, develop skills, connect people, open minds, and secure resources.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a leading professional organization of physicians who treat people with cancer. ASCO’s members set the standard for patient care worldwide and carry out clinical research aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. ASCO also advocates for policies that provide access to high-quality care for all patients with cancer and increase funding for clinical and translational research.

European Association of Oral Medicine (EAOM)
The European Association of Oral Medicine (EAOM) represents a majority of European countries. It aims to improve the recognition, prevention, and treatment of oral diseases through clinical practice, research, and education.

European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS)
The European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) is dedicated to developing, enhancing and promoting cancer nursing in Europe through educational, research, and practice-based initiatives. The Society comprises individual cancer nurses, national oncology nursing societies and institutions, and agencies in Europe involved in cancer care. EONS has a membership of over 50 organizations, representing about 15,000 nurses in 25 European countries.

European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) is Europe’s leading medical oncology society. It provides a professional network for members and works with national societies across Europe and around the world. With a commitment to promoting a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and care, ESMO connects colleagues through congresses, publications, meetings, and online. 

Hellenic Association of Supportive Care of the Oral Cavity in Cancer (HASCOCC)
The Hellenic Association of Supportive Care of the Oral Cavity in Cancer (HASCOCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting supportive care of the oral cavity in patients with cancer. Members include dentists, oncologists, and other healthcare providers. The Association promotes oral-health quality of life for people undergoing cancer therapy and works closely with the Dental Oncology Unit of the School of Dentistry, University of Athens, Greece.

Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC)
JASCC English Website
The Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC), founded in 2015, is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to scientific activities of supportive care for people with cancer. JASCC promotes interdisciplinary research and education with the goal of contributing to national welfare through safe and effective supportive cancer care.

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
The mission of the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association is to promote and support acceptable, accessible, and affordable quality palliative care throughout Kenya, with the goal of improving quality of life for those with life-threatening illness and their families.

The Latin American and Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM)
The Latin American and Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM) aims to improve cancer care and prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its long-term goal is to build a strong Latin American professional medical oncology society, representing members from all countries in the region.

North-Eastern German Society of Gynecologic Oncology (NOGGO) 
The North-Eastern German Society of Gynecologic Oncology (NOGGO) isan international association of hospitals, medical specialists, industry representatives, and medical institutes. Its mission is to provide state-of-the-art information to healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with gynecologic malignancies. NOGGO supports research on common gynecologic cancers and provides education and training of medical professionals. NOGGO also provides education and support to patients and their families. 

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