The Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to scientific activities of supportive care for people with cancer. It aims at developing safe and effective supportive care, promoting inter-disciplinary research and education and contributing to national welfare.
High level supportive care has realized safe and effective cancer treatments and succeeded to improve patient survival. When cure is difficult, palliative treatments, particularly chemotherapies, require high level supportive care to get longer survival with maintained QoL. MASCC is an international organization dedicated to research and education of supportive care for cancer patients regardless of their disease stages. JASCC is also working in focus on supportive care of cancer patients in collaboration with medical organizations aiming research and education of cancer treatments such as ESMO, ASCO and etc. Several organizations in Japan have been working for scientific activities of cancer treatment and supportive care including JSCO, JSMO, JASTRO, JSH and JSPM, but there was no organization like MASCC in Japan. JASCC was founded in 2015 for interdisciplinary activities of supportive care which plays an equivalent role to cancer-aimed treatments, in focus on multidisciplinary researches, publications and scientific meetings.
However, supportive care is usually given to patients by medical staff who may not be well trained for cancer care in general. As compared to enthusiastic research on cancer-targeted treatment, there are only a few researchers who devote themselves to contribute to delineate pathogenesis of signs & symptoms or syndrome associated with cancer, produce new drugs and instruments, and organize a treatment team to apply evidence-based supportive care in cancer.
3. Definition of Supportive Care
It is our mission to organize professionals working in oncology fields, to collaborate with cancer-related societies, especially Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), to establish basic as well as clinical research, to educate medical staff and people suffering from cancer, and to transmit evidence-based supportive care throughout the world leading to improvement in patients’ quality of life and overall survival, and freedom from cancer.
4. Ways of Supportive Care
- Education of patients about disease and prognosis
- Alleviation of symptoms and complications of cancer
- Prevention or reduction or treatment toxicities
- Education to bridge psychological gaps between patients and caregivers
- Psychosocial support for cancer survivors
Membership of JASCC is open to; Medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, clinical psychologists, bio-statisticians, infectious disease specialists, educators, representatives from industry and nonprofit organizations and others interested in supportive care.
6. Secretariat Office
1-8-17-204, Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0004 JAPAN
MASCC: The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
ESMO: The European Society for Medical Oncology
ASCO: The American Society of Clinical Oncology
JSCO: The Japan Society of Clinical Oncology
JSMO: The Japanese Society of Medical Oncology
JASTRO: The Japanese Society for Radiation Oncology
JSH: The Japanese Society of Hematology
JSPM: The Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine