Volume 20 | No. 4 | December 2018

Firstly, I want to say that it has been great having you as a member of ISOPP! As the year comes to a close, I must give special thanks to you and all those who volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise. It is through these volunteer efforts that so much of what ISOPP does comes to fruition.
For example, ISOPP’s first ever Africa Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium (AROPS 2019)   will take place on May 16-17, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. This two day event is hosted by The Hospital Pharmacists Association of Kenya (HOPAK)   and will be followed by Masterclasses on May 18 th . We are expecting about a hundred oncology pharmacy practitioners from Kenya and the surrounding African countries to participate.
Another Regional Symposium happening in 2019 is the Australasia Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium (AusROPS 2019) , in Melbourne. It has been taking place every other year since 1999 and this will be the 11th Symposium! The dates are April 6-7.
The above two events will be in addition to ISOPP’s International Annual Symposium , hosted by the British Oncology Pharmacy Association,   and taking place October 10-13, 2019 in London, UK.
Other recent education activity is the work of the Education Committee and the Biosimilars Task Force. You will have noticed two Education Needs Assessment Surveys arrive in your in box recently. One assessing general educational and training needs and the other assessing needs specifically for Biosimilars. From these surveys results, ISOPP will have a better understanding of your current educational needs, assisting us in our work of developing educational activities and resources, tailor made for you.
And the list keeps going. The ISOPP Awards and Research Grant call for nominations and applications   is open! ISOPP supports and rewards the vital work that you as members do, so nominate yourself and/or another ISOPP member. You will find more information below.
Lastly, under Harbans Dhillon’s leadership in her role as Past President, we are forming the 2019 Nominations Task Force in preparation for the 2019 Elections when there will be four positions open. Are you available to be a member of the Task Force? Read below for more information on how to respond.
So you see, much has been done and there is much still to do.  With all the volunteer support and the support of our Society Management Office, progress will continue to be made.

Membership renewal will take place early in the new year and we hope to see you continue to be part of the ISOPP community advancing oncology pharmacy care around the world.

Enjoy the December edition of our Newsletter and continue to spread the word about the value of ISOPP and encourage others to become members.

All the very best for a relaxing holiday season and prosperous new year!
Alex Chan
ISOPP President
Oncology Pharmacy Around the World
British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA) 21st Symposium
By Emma Foreman, Symposium Lead - BOPA Executive Committee

The 21st British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA) annual symposium took place this year at the ICC Birmingham, with an exciting and thought-provoking agenda, and the chance to attend a variety of sessions including pre-conference workshops, industry-led satellites, breakout sessions, exhibitions, and, of course, plenary sessions from the top experts in the field of oncology. As in previous years, talks were fully interactive. Delegates were provided with remote keypads to answer speaker questions and had the opportunity to discuss their novel research during the poster presentations and debate sessions.  

2018 Congress of Hospital Oncology Pharmacy of INCA Summary
By Rafael Oscar Risch, SOBRAFO Director of Regional Affairs

The city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, also known as the Marvelous City, world famous for its carnival and beaches (Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema) whose setting was the inspiration for Tom Jobim's Garota de Ipanema music, is also the city where INCA (National Institute of Cancer) is installed. This institute of the Health Ministry acts in the development and coordination of integrated actions for the prevention and control of cancer in Brazil, being the largest and most important in this area in the country.

Spanish Oncology Pharmacist Group (GEDEFO) Activities
By Irene Mangues, Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova

The 63rd Congress of the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacy (SEFH) was held in Palma de Mallorca from November 8 to 10, 2018 with the slogan ‘Health Moves Us’. The Oncology Pharmacy group of the SEFH (GEDEFO) developed two workshops. The first workshop was entitled “Stratification and pharmaceutical care in oncohematological diseases”, and the objective was to familiarize the audience with a stratification model based on the complexity of the patient and its treatment in order to offer customized pharmaceutical care.

Chilean Congress of Medical Oncology 2018
By Marliese Alexander, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

It was my privilege to be invited by the Chilean Chapter of Oncology Pharmacists to present at the 2018 Chilean Congress of Medical Oncology, held in Vina del Mar, Chile November 19-21, 2018. The conference was an integrated symposium including streams for Oncology Pharmacy, Medical Oncology and Oncological Kinesiology. The event was held on the Chilean coast, just over an hour’s pleasant drive through wine country from Santiago.

TUKED - ISOPP Masterclass In Turkey In October 2018
By Gamze Korubuk, Hacettepe University Hospital and Anil Ozyaman, Kent Hospital  

Within the scope of the cooperation of TUKED-ISOPP which is to improve oncology pharmacy practices, the ‘Safe Handling and Supportive Care’ Masterclass training was organized in Izmir-Turkey on 5-6 October 2018 with participation and contribution of the ISOPP Secretariat, the Past-President Harbans Dhillon and the Secretary Evelyn Handel.

Daily Oncology Pharmacy Practice at National Cancer Centre, Singapore
By Khoa Phan, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)

I would like to share about the daily work routines of an oncology pharmacist. The pharmacy in NCCS is divided into 2 sections: Oncology Pharmacy and Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOC) Pharmacy. Oncology Pharmacy prepares and dispenses intravenous (IV) chemotherapy and chemo-related supportive medications (anti-emetics, anti-allergy) while SOC Pharmacy dispenses oral cancer medicines, pain-killers including controlled medicines and other general medicines.

Highlighted Education Resources
Education Needs Assessment Surveys
Did you receive both Education Needs Assessment Surveys in your inbox, which were recently distributed? If not, please contact  services@isopp.org

Why two you ask?  Both are requesting information from you in order to assess your education and training needs: one generally and the other in relation to the introduction and use of biosimilars in your practice.
The information will inform both the Education Committee's and Biosimilars Task Force’s development of educational activities and resources. Each survey will take 15 minutes to complete and we ask for a response by Monday, January 7, 2019.  
Call for Oncology Pharmacy Educational Resources

Would you like to share an Educational Resources with ISOPP members?
The Education Committee has developed an Education Resources Review Policy to determine if proposed resources are useful to ISOPP members.
ISOPP hosts online resources and links to external educational materials on its  Oncology Pharmacy Resources  web page with the aim to expand the reach of educational content relevant to Oncology Pharmacy practitioners.
We encourage all members to review the policy and share their Education Resources with ISOPP members and others.
If you attended the 2018 Symposium or have previously purchased  Virtual Library  access, log in to the  ISOPP website  and visit the Virtual Library to view the new video presentations. Symposium participants receive complimentary access to the 2018 content for one year until May 2019!
The fifty-sixth  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.
ISOPP Business and News
Call for Nominations Task Force Members

We are seeking ISOPP members who are interested in volunteering as of member of the 2019 elections Nominations Task Force (NTF).

This year, the Task Force is chaired by the ISOPP Past President, and as usual overseen by the Governance Committee. The work of this task force is outlined below, and will occur in January 2019.

As a member of the NTF, ISOPP will ask you to:
  • Identify possible ISOPP members to be candidates for open Secretariat positions;
  • Contact potential candidates to speak about the opportunities of serving on the Secretariat; and
  • Review the curriculum vitae of potential candidates. 
Note: As a Task Force member, you are ineligible to run for any position in the 2019 election.

Since, it is optimal to have a broad regional / geographical representation on the NTF, we are looking for Task Force members from all regions of the world.

If you would like to serve on the NTF, please contact me at: pastpresident@isopp.org by Monday, January 7, 2019.

I look forward to working with interested members, as this is an excellent opportunity to be involved in ISOPP.
Harbans Dhillon
ISOPP Past President
ISOPP 2019 Theme: Advancing Patient Care through Global Collaboration.

T he theme for the XVIII International Symposium on Oncology Pharmacy Practice (ISOPP 2019)  is Advancing Patient Care through Global Collaboration.

In recent years we have seen an explosion in new technology and novel drug therapies. In our quest to keep up with new developments it can be easy to lose sight of what is most important – providing high quality pharmaceutical care for our patients. How can we deliver a modern oncology pharmacy service with a human touch?
As well as delivering a thought provoking and engaging programme of technical, clinical and practice updates, the ISOPP 2019 symposium will present participants with a rare opportunity to compare practice with colleagues from around the world, and explore the possibilities of improving practice and patient outcomes through research and collaboration.
Visit the ISOPP 2019 website to book your hotel room, make note of the key dates and find material to help spread the word to your colleagues. The call for abstract will begin in the new year and program information will be posted as topics and speakers are confirmed. Registration is expected to open about 6 months prior to the start of the Symposium.
ISOPP's 2019 Regional Symposia:
AROPS 2019

The Hospital Pharmacists Association of Kenya (HOPAK) is hosting ISOPP’s first ever Africa Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium (AROPS 2019) in Nairobi, Kenya on May 16-17, followed by ISOPP’s one day Masterclasses on May 18, 2019. AROPS 2019 will be chaired by Irene Weru, an ISOPP and HOPAK member. A hundred pharmacists and technicians are expected, from facilities where oncology is offered, and from facilities where they would like oncology to be offered. Participants will come from Kenya and other African countries, such as Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa. 
Save the date and stay tuned as more information becomes available!
AusROPS 2019

ISOPP’s Australasia Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium (AusROPS 2019) is set to take place on April 6-7, 2019 at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Peter Mac is one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres globally and is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.
ISOPP’s Australasia Symposium has been taking place every other year since 1999 and this is now it’s 11 th  Symposium! Visit the ISOPP website for information past Australasia Symposia and watch for more details regarding for 2019 coming soon.  
A behind the Scenes Look at ISOPP's Society Management Office

If you ever get the opportunity to visit your favorite restaurant’s kitchen, don’t pass it up. You’ll see true brilliance at work – a team of professional chefs and servers planning every detail to the highest level of excellence – with the goal that you don’t even know they’re there working on your behalf.
ISOPP’s Society Management Office, Sea to Sky Meeting and Association Management Inc., has been in the kitchen for years (since 2011), in the sous-chef role. We have been assisting ISOPP by administering its governance affairs, supporting ISOPP’s education and research initiatives, membership program, communication channels, and strategic planning, and helping deliver outstanding Symposia (since 2014). ISOPP’s Secretariat and its members knows the oncology pharmacy sector. Sea to Sky knows the society management sector.
We wanted to step out of the kitchen for a moment to say hello so that you can get to know your Society Management Office team a bit better. You can read about our services on our Society Management webpage   and put some names to faces on our Team page .
In the meantime, know that as ISOPP Society Management Office, we are here for you, perfectly positioned as ISOPP’s partner, to support you and the Society in its quest to advance oncology pharmacy care globally. 
Did you Know?
Call for ISOPP Quarterly Newsletter Authors

Would you like to contribute articles to be published in the ISOPP Newsletter?
ISOPP’s Newsletter , published quarterly and sent via email directly to members, is the home of international discussion on oncology pharmacy research and practice. We are always looking for contributions.
Sign up if you wish to contribute your article, and find out more information from the link below!

Apply for an ISOPP Award or Grant!

Every day oncology pharmacists make a difference in the lives of cancer patients around the world. Part of ISOPP’s mission is to support and reward this vital work. We do this through our Grants & Awards program. 
The deadline apply for a Research Grant is Thursday, January 31, 2019 .
The deadline to nominate yourself and/or an ISOPP member for a Fellowship Award, Achievement Award or Helen McKinnon Award is Monday, June 17, 2019 .
Full details for each grant and award (including eligibility criteria, application steps and application site) are located on the ISOPP website -  sign in  as a member and go to the  Grants & Awards  page.

Renew your Membership for 2019!
It’s that time of year again! Membership renewal for 2019 will start in early January. Keep an eye out for an email with directions on how to renew.
Membership benefits include, but are not limited to:
  • Subscription to Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice (JOPP)
  • Eligibility for ISOPP travel and research grants, as well as awards
  • Access to Member only Masterclasses taking place around the world
Reminder of UICC Technical Fellowships: Call for Mentors

ISOPP partnered with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to facilitate the matching of Oncology Pharmacists wanting person-to-person training in specific areas that are relevant to cancer control activities and clinical management with mentors around the world willing to offer that training.
The UICC Technical Fellowships provide funding for successful applicants to travel to an extramural site to gain experience from mentors that will be of benefit to both the applicant and their institution.
To assist UICC in adjudicating applicants, ISOPP is compiling a list of Mentors with specific skills and experience who are willing to host a fellow Oncology Pharmacist. You will receive an email from the Society Management Office, in the next few days, asking you to express your interest, should you wish do so, through an online site.

Reminder of UICC Technical Fellowships: Call for Applicants

ISOPP Members can apply for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Technical Fellowships. These fellowships provide funding for recipients to visit another centre to learn and be mentored in a skill that the pharmacist does not currently possess and will be of benefit to the recipient and their current institution. Applicants will be required to have their manager or a senior institutional administrator 'sign off' on their application. The funding varies with how far/where the recipient wants to travel to, but could potentially fund between 2-4 weeks of extramural training/mentorship.

More information on these Fellowships and how to apply can be found on the UICC website at:  https://www.uicc.org/capacity-building/grants/fellowships/uicc-technical-fellowships

These fellowships are available year round, so you can apply at any time throughout the year. If you apply and are successful in receiving one of these Fellowships, please let ISOPP know via email at  advocacy@isopp.org  so we can share your success with the ISOPP Community.  

ISOPP's Society and Symposium Management Office

Sea to Sky Meeting and Association Management  is ISOPP's Society and Symposium Management Office. If you have any questions about membership, services, Symposium or the Society, please contact the ISOPP Office directly as follows:

Direct: +1-604-984-6448
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