Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 775–784

An oral history of MASCC, its origin and development from MASCC's beginnings to 2009

  • Cynthia N. Rittenberg
  • Judith L. Johnson
  • Gerald M. Kuncio
Special Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00520-010-0830-0

Cite this article as:
Rittenberg, C.N., Johnson, J.L. & Kuncio, G.M. Support Care Cancer (2010) 18: 775. doi:10.1007/s00520-010-0830-0



This paper presents an oral history from the mid-1980s to 2009 of the start and evolution of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) as seen through the recollections of the founders and early leaders. The growth of the supportive cancer care movement and MASCC’s contribution to oncology supportive care is described.


As science was making progress towards better cancer treatment, a group of professionals began to research ways to prevent or mitigate the symptoms and side effects that accompany the disease and its treatments. Joining forces, they created an international, multidisciplinary organization to address and promulgate evidence-based practices of cancer supportive care. Through annual international scientific symposia, a peer-reviewed journal, an accessible website, and study group projects such as guidelines and tools, MASCC is accomplishing its mission.


MASCC Oral history Oncology supportive care Evidenced based practice Symptom management 

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© Springer-Verlag 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia N. Rittenberg
    • 1
  • Judith L. Johnson
    • 2
  • Gerald M. Kuncio
    • 3
  1. 1.MASCCMetairieUSA
  2. 2.MASCCRichfieldUSA
  3. 3.PittsburghUSA