The National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) hosted the inaugural Best of MASCC Singapore meeting on November 30, 2019, with the theme of “Supporting Cancer Patients and Survivors.” MASCC Board member Alex Chan, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS, BCOP, played a key role in organizing this event, the goal of which was to increase awareness of supportive and survivorship care and to advance supportive care practices in Singapore. Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BNurs, RN, MCNSA, Chair of MASCC’s Survivorship Study Group, delivered the Keynote Address on “Survivorship Issues across the Age Continuum.” Dr. Chan is Chair of Cancer Nursing, Queensland University of Technology and Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Topics addressed survivorship care in the community, symptom management in cancer patients and survivors, and exercise and rehabilitation in cancer survivors. Speakers included Alexandre Chan, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS, BCOP, Irene Teo, PhD, Noreen Chan, MD, Terina Tan, Medical Social Worker, Grace Yang, MBBCh, MPH, Mothi Babu Ramalingam, MBBS, Tan Quan Ming, BSc, BMed, and Wong Chinn Jung, MBBS, MRCP. William Hwang, MBBS, MMed, MRCP, Medical Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore, delivered the Welcome Message and Guest of Honor Amy Khor, PhD, Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, also spoke.
Best of MASCC meetings are MASCC-endorsed conferences held to disseminate the most recent supportive cancer care advances and updates to local and regional healthcare professionals. Alex Chan has reported that there is great interest in supportive and survivorship care in Singapore and that the first Best of MASCC Singapore meeting was attended by over 200 participants.