Program Highlights


Models of Supportive Care

Lecture 1: “Supportive care – 30 years of MASCC” with: Prof Dorothy Keefe (Australia)

Lecture 2: “Models of supportive care – what’s the evidence?” with: Dr Florian Scotté (France)

Lecture 3: “Supportive care – a luxury in lower middle-income economies?” with: Dr Enrique Soto Perez de Celis (Mexico)


Lecture 1: “Cardio-oncology: beyond left ventricular dysfunction” with: Dr. Thomas Suter (Switzerland)

Lecture 2: “Looking at cardiotoxicity in the clinical and research setting” with: Dr. Michael Ewer (USA)

Lecture 3: TBC


Chair with: Dr. Andrew Davies (UK)

Lecture 1: “Ethical principles – one size fits all?” with: Dr. Richard Huxtable (UK)

Lecture 2: “New treatments, new ethical challenges” with: Dr. Ian Olver (Australia)

Lecture 3: “Ethical challenges of digital health revolution” with: Dr. Sarah Boers (Netherlands)


Patient Engagement

Speakers: Anne McKenzie and Anna Boltong (Facilitator)

Writing for Supportive Care in Cancer

The objectives of this workshop are to facilitate participants’ understanding of the requirements for preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication consideration to MASCC’s journal, Supportive Care in Cancer.  The presenters will describe key issues and lessons learned from three perspectives: editor, author, and that of the peer reviewer.

The objectives of the workshop include: Understanding the journal’s requirements, submission process and positioning your paper properly, preparing the manuscript, elements of successful writing, reviewing for the journal and assessing the manuscript, and responding effectively to decisions and recommendations. This workshop will be particularly useful for people who are less familiar with the journal, Supportive Care in Cancer, and/or who have limited experience with writing articles for peer-reviewed journals.

Speakers: Fred Ashbury, Jørn Herrstedt and Ian Olver

How to become a MASCC Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

The treatment  of patients with complications and/or toxicities from cancer and cancer therapies  is usually managed in the context of an ED or through hospitalization in a medical ward (i.e. oncology, hematology, or internal medicine). As a consequence, in addition to supplementary costs for the Health Care System, there is considerable distress for the patients  and their caregivers, since Ed id often an uncomfortable place for most patients, and the visit is usually performed by physicians who are strangers to the patients.

In the last years new dedicated acute Supportive Care Units were born around the world with the aim to treat patients with adequate treatments for uncontrolled symptoms or oncologic therapy-related  toxicities in planned/unplanned situations starting from diagnosis and during the course of anticancer therapies.

The aim of this Meet the expert is to widespread the culture and organization of acute dedicated Supportive Care units according to the needs of each single reality and how to become a MASCC Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer.

Speakers: Carla Ida Ripamonti, Inessa Kononenko and Andrea Antonuzzo