International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners
Vol 19, No. 3 September 2017
Message from the President 


As always our Enewsletter connects us with our colleagues from around the world and informs us through stories and the meetings we attend.  Another opportunity to connect and inform is at our annual Symposium taking place in China for the first time in our history.  Dates are April 11-13, 2017 and the venue is the Kerry Hotel Pudong, conveniently located in the heart of Shanghai's business district.
Another first for ISOPP is the presentation of two Masterclasses led by experts on the topics of Safe Handling and Supportive Care. These take place immediately following the Symposium on April 14 . That is three and a half days of leading edge education to advance your oncology pharmacy knowledge!
The local host is the Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association (SACA) and its members are ready to welcome you. So submit an abstract and come experience China's warm and generous hospitality!
Are you attending an oncology pharmacy meeting in the next few months? If yes, plan on submitting your story and/or meeting update with photos for the December Enewsletter. The deadline to submit to is November 25th. 
In the meantime, enjoy the stories and meeting update articles submitted by your fellow members and included in this edition.  And many thanks to Evelyn Handel, our Newsletter Editor, for all her hard work in collecting and compiling the newsletter.


Harbans Dhillon
ISOPP President

PS If you missed reading July's Staying in Touch Enews or any other issue this year, visit the  Staying in Touch archive page  on ISOPP's website to catch up. A reminder too, that past editions of the Newsletter are also available on ISOPP's website on the  Newsletter page .
OncologyOncology Around the World
Dr. Jung-woo Chae is receiving his young investigator award from MASCC
By Alex Chan, National University of Singapore, Singapore

The 2017 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer was held in Washington, DC, from June 22-24, 2017. There were a total of 961 delegates at the meeting, representing 53 countries. The meeting featured five pre-conference Study Group workshops, plenary sessions on financial toxicity, immunotherapy side effects and precision medicine. There were also 25 parallel sessions of various topics in cancer supportive care and survivorship.

By Manit Saeteaw, Faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand

Speakers of oncology preconference workshop (from left: Mr. Manit Saeteaw, Dr. Rizka Andalusia, A/Prof Alexandre Chan and Dr. Jung-woo Chae)
Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is an annual conference where Asian pharmacists can exchange and share many aspects of clinical pharmacy. This conference has been hosted by many Asian countries. Indonesia organized the 17th ACCP in Yogyakarta this year during 28-30 July 2017. It was a great occasion for celebrating 20 years of ACCP. The conference theme "Unity in Diversity and the Standardization of Clinical Pharmacy Services" emphasized the diversity of pharmacy services in different countries and how to integrate standard practice guidelines to strengthen pharmacy practice. There were numerous oral and poster research presentations that introduced applying standard practice guideline and integrating local wisdom toward patient-centered care. The scientific program was packed with a number of up-to-date sessions such as "Enhancing and amalgamating medication therapy management through cross-cultural unification and teamwork" and offered 6 preconference workshops (including oncology) for those who would like to improve clinical skills. 

By Evelyn Handel, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Willow Grove, PA, United States
Evelyn Handel presenting at the Australasian ISOPP

The 2017 Australasian ISOPP Symposium was held in Melbourne, Australia from August 26-27th, 2017 at St. Vincent's Hospital. The educational sessions were very timely and informative, and included updates in multiple tumor types including non-small cell lung cancer presented by Assoc Prof Tom John, gynaecological oncology by Dr. Geraldine Goss, leukemia by Dr. Jake Shortt, myeloma/amyloidosis by Dr. Simon Gibbs, brain tumors by Assoc Prof Hui Gan, and breast and colorectal cancer screening by Dr. Shirley Wong and Dr. Suzanne Kosmider. Another central topic was good clinical governance in cancer care as well as an overview of the role of electronic systems and clinical practice guidelines in improving patient care, with presentations by Prof David Currow, Jim Siderov, Evelyn Handel, Thu Vo, Kaitrin Souphan, Michelle Hong, Sarah Kouw, and Julia Shingleton. Additional "hot topics" that were covered included medical cannabis presented by Dr. Grace Walpole, and chemotherapy-induced alopecia and immunotherapy/targeted therapy-associated skin toxicities presented by Dr. Milan Anadkat. 

20 th Anniversary of the BOPA Conference BOPA20
By Steve Williamson, Consultant Cancer Pharmacist and BOPA Chair, England, UK
BOPA attendees ready to enjoy a session

The 20th Anniversary Conference of the British Oncology Pharmacy Association was held in Glasgow over the weekend of 6th to 8th October.  The conference was a great success, with well over 500 delegates and a packed clinical agenda. 

The weather in Glasgow was good and we were warmly welcomed by the Provost (Lord Mayor) of the city.   The theme of the conference was looking back and looking forward, with time to reflect on the changes in Oncology Pharmacy in the UK over the last 20 years as well as looking forward to future.  We have a very active 'online participation' meeting via our twitter #BOPA17 which you can check out. 

We were also proud to have organised a world record attempt to raise money for UK cancer charities and I'm pleased to report that BOPA is now the world record holder for 'most coins thrown into a bucket in one minute'.  It was great to beat the record, not as easy as it sounds but the best bit was all our members joining in to do something fun and give back to cancer charities.  We hope to have a full report on our meeting in future newsletter.

newsISOPP Business and News

ISOPP18ISOPP 2018 Symposium
Be part of the XVII International Symposium on Oncology Pharmacy Practice (ISOPP 2018) scientific program as a poster or platform presenter: S ubmit your abstract(s) online by  Tuesday,  November 7, 2017.

The Symposium takes place April 11 to 13 at the   Kerry Hotel Pudong   located in the heart of Shanghai's business district. Two concurrent Masterclasses follow on April 14, 2018. Plan your visit early; there are many reasons to attend .
Visit the ISOPP 2018 website for information about Shanghai , the Symposium venue , the program, travel grants information, accommodation and key dates Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities  are also available.
Two masterclasses are scheduled on April 14, 2018 organized by ISOPP and the Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association (SACA) . These full day practical workshops, specific to the needs of oncology pharmacy practitioners, will be facilitated by ISOPP leaders and oncology pharmacy experts.
Masterclass #1: Safe Handling
This masterclass will be a basic masterclass based on safe handling and facilities, equipment and ways to minimise exposure to hazardous drugs.
Masterclass #2: Supportive Care
This masterclass is the first part of a cancer supportive care masterclass series, with the goal to introduce the management of commonly encountered chemotherapy-induced toxicities in clinical practice, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, myelosuppression and hypersensitivity.
In case you missed the email, read the latest edition of the Staying in Touch Enews on the ISOPP website.  

"Staying in Touch" is a communication from the ISOPP Secretariat to you, the member, who we serve.  The purpose of the communication is to keep you informed of the work the ISOPP leadership is doing on your behalf, and complements the quarterly newsletter that you receive in March, June, September and December.
VJCVirtual Journal Club    
Accessing JOPP is easy! Log in as a member, go to the  JOPP Access page and click the Access JOPP button. You have instant access.

The  forty-third issue of the  Virtual Journal Club (VJC)  is available on the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP) website. To access it, visit the Virtual Journal Club Surveys page  or follow the  direct link  to the survey. 
"Association of hypertension and treatment outcomes in advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with bevacizumab or non-bevacizumab containing regimens"

Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Lily Z Yan, Emily V Dressler, and Val R Adams
JOPP First Published 21 Feb 2017

Bevacizumab induced hypertension (HT) is suggested, in several studies and several tumour types, to be a good prognostic indicator showing improved response rates (RR) and overall survival (OS). However, maybe HT per se is the key to this improvement. The authors of this small, single-site chart review study in non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) set out to examine this premise. With the primary endpoint of improved RR in patients with any HT and two secondary endpoints. These being the effect of HT on OS in all patients and the effect of HT on overall RR in bevacizumab treated patients. The authors found HT per se did not improve RR nor did HT per se have any effect on OS. However, in the bevacizumab treated patients with HT, RR showed significant improvement as well as an improvement in survival duration. What is needed now is an international multi-centre study to accurately define the benefit. What a great opportunity for ISOPP members to collaborate in research!
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the mechanism of action of bevacizumab;
  2. Describe previous evidence supporting association of bevacizumab-induced hypertension with improved treatment outcomes in a variety of disease states; and
  3. Summarize evidence supporting association of bevacizumab-induced hypertension with treatment outcomes in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
As a reminder, ISOPP's Virtual Journal Club features online articles from the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice ( JOPP ). Members are encouraged to read articles and then answer a series of multiple choice questions through the  Virtual Journal Club Surveys

After completing the questionnaire, a certificate will be emailed to you. Although not formally accredited for continuing medical education (CME) points, participation is equal to one hour of CME activity.  

Members are also encouraged to use the Member Discussion Forum to stimulate discussion about articles they have read. Your  ISOPP membership  provides many great benefits and we are hopeful you will find the Virtual Journal Club another asset to your oncology pharmacy practice.


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In This Issue
Newsletter Summary
This  Newsletter Summary  provides a brief introduction/summary to each article. In order to access the full article, login to the website then click on the 'read more' button at the end of each article's introduction. In addition, at the end of each full article there is the opportunity for you to write comments about the article and start up a discussion forum.

JOPP Access
Accessing JOPP is easy. Log in as a member, go to the   JOPP Access page and click the Access JOPP button. You have instant access.  
NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates
The purpose of the NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates is to enhance patient safety by allowing you to standardize patient care, reduce medication errors, and anticipate and manage adverse events. The NCCN Templates include systemic therapies such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy (along with information such as dosing, route of administration, and duration of infusion), supportive care recommendations, monitoring parameters, and safety instructions.
E-learning tool Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
The purpose of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) E-learning Tool is to provide basic knowledge to hospital and community pharmacists involved in the pharmaceutical care for HSCT patients. Different topics will be discussed including: hematopoiesis, different types and sources of HSCT, process of HSCT, early and late complications, drugs used during conditioning regimens, drugs used in prevention and treatment of complications. The tool takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete, depending on the knowledge and experience of the user.
ISOPP Policy on Endorsement of Guidelines
Do you have a guideline that you would like to submit for ISOPP's endorsement? As per the National Guideline Clearinghouse, guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. For further details on eligibility and the evaluation process, review the  ISOPP Policy on Endorsement of Guidelines .
Host a Future 
ISOPP Symposium
Would you like to see one of ISOPP's Symposium held in your city or country?  Review the Destination RFP .

Meet n' Greet
Did you know that you can gather colleagues for an ISOPP "meet n' greet" at a conference you attend to say hello and share the benefits of ISOPP membership? 

Contact   to find out more.
Spread the Word
Spread the word   to promote the Symposium and Masterclass to your network  by using #ISOPP2018 and an array of various promotional materials available on ISOPP's website.
ISOPP Sponsored Membership Program
The  Sponsored Membership Program  exists  to support 
members who, given their 
personal or regional financial situations, may not be able to become an ISOPP member or continue their ISOPP 

Thanks to the generosity of members who have made 
additional payments, there is 
a pool of money to help support others in the field of oncology pharmacy pay membership fees. Do you know someone who would like to join ISOPP? 


Read more on the program.
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