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Supportive Care Makes Excellent Cancer Care Possible

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) is an international, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the practice, education and research of supportive care in cancer. Our mission is to continually improve the supportive care of people with cancer – from diagnosis through to survival or end-of-life care.

What is Supportive Care?

Supportive care 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 journey from diagnosis through treatment to post-treatment care.

At MASCC, We Believe In:

  • Person-centered care: putting the individual’s care needs first;
  • Working together across disciplines to develop evidence-based clinical practice;
  • Professional support, mentorship, and friendship: great careers are built at MASCC;
  • Working jointly with patient advocates, other societies, and institutions so that we can achieve more.

Our Story

Founded in 1990, MASCC now includes members in over 70 countries around the world. 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. MASCC and ISOO hold a joint Annual Meeting each June where we showcase the latest ideas and research in supportive care.

Read more about our history until 2009 and from 2010 to 2020

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Our Membership

Because supportive care encompasses all aspects of care, it involves a variety of disciplines and specialists, and this diversity is reflected in our membership. Whether you are a healthcare professional, researcher, educator, industry or nonprofit representative, student or trainee, MASCC membership is a great way to:
  • Stay up to date with latest advances in supportive care in cancer through exclusive educational events, resources, and access to our flagship scientific journal, Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Collaborate with colleagues on clinical and basic science research
  • Help to improve clinical practice through guideline development and promotion of evidence-based medicine