The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to research and education of supportive care professionals worldwide. The mission of MASCC is to improve the supportive care of people with cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment and survival, to end of life. Founded in 1990, MASCC now includes members from more than 70 countries and 6 continents.
Because supportive care encompasses all aspects of care, it involves a variety of disciplines and specialists. Membership is open to medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, outcomes specialists, psychologists, statisticians, infectious disease specialists, educators, representatives from industry and nonprofit sectors, and others interested in supportive care. MASCC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.
In 1998, MASCC joined forces with the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO), an organization that addresses the management of complications arising in oral tissues secondary to cancer and its treatment.
Rajesh V. Lalla
MASCC President Rajesh V. Lalla, DDS, PhD, is a Professor of Oral Medicine and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Farmington, Connecticut, USA. Actively involved in clinical care, teaching, and research, he specializes in oral complications of cancer therapy. Dr. Lalla has served on MASCC's Board of Directors since 2012 and is a past Chair of the Mucositis Study Group, where he led the development and publication of the 2014 MASCC/ISOO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Mucositis Secondary to Cancer Therapy. Dr. Lalla is the first non-physician to serve as President of MASCC.
What is Supportive Care?
Supportive care in cancer is the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. This includes management of physical and psychological symptoms and side effects across the continuum of the cancer experience: from diagnosis, through 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
- 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
The MASCC Journal: Supportive Care in Cancer
The official journal of MASCC is Supportive Care in Cancer. Here you can read about the latest advances in management of symptoms and side effects of cancer therapies, as well as numerous other aspects of supportive care for patients, their families, and caregivers.
MASCC Guidelines and Tools
Through its Study Groups, MASCC has produced a wealth of guidelines and tools, including Mucositis and Antiemetic practice guidelines, assessment tools, and apps. See our Practice Resources page for the latest workshops, books, and other supportive care links.
MASCC Study Groups and Research
Our 16 Study Groups are the lifeblood of MASCC and offer a way for MASCC members to participate in an international community of researchers and clinicians. Study Groups work together to conduct literature reviews, surveys, research, and practice guidelines.