Volume 21 | No. 4 | December 2019

2019 has been a big year for ISOPP in so many ways. 

Most recently, we welcomed over 850 participants from 52 countries to ISOPP’s XVIII Symposium in London. That’s triple the typical attendance! The number of posters presented also tripled! A huge congratulations to Rob Duncombe, Symposium Chair, our national hosts the British Oncology Pharmacy Association , and all those who participated and volunteered their expertise to make our annual gathering an outstanding success. In fact, 80% of the evaluation respondents said they would recommend the Symposium to their colleagues and 73% rated the event as very good to excellent.

If you weren’t there in person, you can still benefit from the knowledge and best practices shared by accessing the video presentations through ISOPP’s Virtual Library , including the Research Platform Presentations and multiple interviews with ISOPP members and participants on a wide range of topics, from "Pharmacist and nurse-led melanoma immunotherapy clinic review" to answering the question "Can spinners improve understanding of adverse events in patients with cancer?" (This last topic received a Research Grant from ISOPP.)

Also in the Library are the video presentations from ISOPP’s first ever Africa Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium and the Australasia Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium . Be sure to explore all the content at your leisure as it is available 24/7.

Other initiatives making 2019 a big year for ISOPP is the work of our Task Forces. The Biosimilars Task Force delivered the “ ISOPP Global Position on the Use of Biosimilars in Cancer Treatment and Supportive Care ”, which will be published in JOPP along with related papers on the two surveys the Task Force conducted throughout 2019. Also to be published will be a set of proceedings from the Biosimilars Workshop held in London prior to the Symposium, as well as a position statement, currently being finalized by the Credentialing, Specialization, Scope of Practice Task Force, on the “Role of the Oncology Pharmacy Team in Cancer Patient Care”. The Standards of Practice review continues with updates having been shared in London. Video recordings of the Biosimilars Workshop and the work of all three Task Forces are in ISOPP’s Virtual Library .

All this work delivered by volunteer ISOPP members is fulfilling our mission to advance cancer care. Be sure to engage in our community by renewing your membership (using your personalized link), applying for an ISOPP Research Grant , and/or putting your name forward to be on the 2020 Nominations Task Force .

In addition, we are seeking candidates for three vacant two-year positions on the Secretariat (with the Treasurer being appointed from those elected). Strong leadership from all parts of the world is key to delivering our mission and guiding all the amazing work currently underway and still to be identified for the future. Read on for more information on how to submit your nomination by Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

In the meantime, peruse ISOPP’s Virtual Library , save these dates and plan to attend:

  • March 2020: Webinar, ISOPP’s view on Biosimilars and practical considerations for implementing Biosimilars in practice, date and time to be announced
  • April 2020: Annual General Meeting, online, April 8, 05:00 PDT
  • May 2020: Africa Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium, May 13-14, Accra, Ghana
  • May 2020: Masterclass, May 15, Accra, Ghana
  • March 2021: ISOPP 2021 Symposium, March 11-13, Barcelo Sevilla Renacimiento, Spain
  • March 2021: Masterclass, March 14, Barcelo Sevilla Renacimiento, Spain

Enjoy the last edition of our Newsletter for 2019 and continue to support ISOPP by spreading the word about the value of ISOPP and by encouraging others to join our community. 

Happy Holidays to you all and all the very best for an outstanding and prosperous 2020.
Alex Chan
ISOPP President
Oncology Pharmacy Around the World
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia Meeting, November 22 – 24, 2019
By Toh Yi Long, National University of Singapore

Now in its fifth year running, the ESMO Asia Congress was held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore this year. Like the sunny weather, the opening ceremony started off brightly with a cultural dance performance, introducing guests to the sights and sounds from the four official races. This was followed by a welcome address by ESMO President Josep Tabernero. In the keynote lecture by Dr Elisabete Weiderpass, a need to raise awareness was emphasized, given that Asia-Pacific region is expected to bear half of the projected global cancer burden and prevention was advocated to be the most cost-effective long-term strategy to control cancer.

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Meeting, November 12 – 14, 2019

By Kimberley-Ann Kerr, Lyell McEwin Hospital

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) is a multidisciplinary society for health professionals whose work involves the care of cancer patients. An Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is held each November, and the 2019 ASM was held in sunny Adelaide, South Australia, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The theme for the ASM was ‘Putting Precision and Personalisation into Practice’ and focussed on urogenital cancers, age and gender in cancer practice, and digital health in cancer.

ISOPP 2019 Report 
By Antoine Sedrak
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

In this article, I will share what I have learned from attending the International Symposium on Oncology Pharmacy Practice (ISOPP 2019) held from 10th to the 14th of October 2019 in London, United Kingdom. 

I have been working as a clinical pharmacist for over 9 years in many different areas including general medicine, cardiology, infectious disease and intensive care. I have been working as an oncology pharmacist at Peter MacCallum cancer center in Australia for the last 3 years.

ISOPP 2019 Report 
By Atalay Mulu Fentie
Lecturer at School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University

I, Atalay Mulu Fentie, have been working as a clinical pharmacist and oncology pharmacy service case team coordinator since September 2013 at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital and lecturer at School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University since June, 2017. My role is doing cancer related research projects, teaching pharmacy students, supervising nurses doing chemo-admixture and providing accurate and up-to-date evidence based information to other health care team members during major clinical rounds; which all would impact the clinical decision process and even patient treatment outcomes.

ISOPP 2019 Report 
By Esin Aysel Kandemir
Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency

After having attended to ISOPP Symposium 2019, now I am flying back home and thinking all the amazing things about this experience. The 2019 ISOPP Symposium took place in London, the UK, October 10-13. The symposium chair and task forces created an excellent program including workshops, courses, presentations on oncology pharmacy practice topics ranging from clinical sessions about cancer associated thrombosis, renal cell cancer treatment landscape, management of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, management of cancer pain, medical cannabis, immunotherapies, HPV and non-HPV associated head and neck cancers; fundamental and research sessions about updates from ESMO, ISOPP position paper draft, dose banding, statistics and personalized medicine; plenary sessions about key developments in cancer treatment, global access to good quality medicines and cancer fundraising.

ISOPP 2019 Report 
By Asomaniwaa Owusu-Ansah
Erith Health Services

In 2014, I gained an exciting job in a cancer center in Accra-Ghana. I was a young newly qualified pharmacist, and cancer was an emerging disease trend in Ghana and across Africa. I felt truly privileged to be amongst the few Pharmacists helping to combat this disease state. Being the only female Pharmacist in the practice at the time was also such a privilege.

There was however a reason for the low number of Pharmacists in oncology practice-the Pharmacists (and other health practitioners) knew very well the dangers of handling cancer medicines and yet there was no solution in sight on how to adequately protect themselves.

ISOPP 2019 Report 
By Sam Maleki, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

I am clinical pharmacist working at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria Australia. Through the past few years I have taken on several diverse roles at the Peter Mac, including running an outpatient radiotherapy clinic and conducting a large randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of pharmacy services for our patients.

ISOPP Business and News
Save the Date for
2020 ISOPP Annual General Meeting!

ISOPP’s virtual Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 05:00 PDT. Click here to find your local time .

Save the date to attend the meeting! Discover what ISOPP has been up to, share your opinion and ask questions! Your participation is important to being part of the ISOPP Community advancing global oncology pharmacy care.

Read the Meeting Minutes from the 2019 AGM.
Congratulations Geoff Sanders!
ISOPP 2019 Digital Champion

During ISOPP’s 2019 Symposium in London UK, participants shared their experience using #ISOPP2019.  Twitter posts were displayed on a Twitter Wall in the Registration area.

And, guess what? There were 2.087 million Twitter impressions, 3,014 tweets from 402 participants, which was an average of 60 tweets per hour!

So, Congratulations Geoff Saunders for receiving the Digital Champ Award, aka the biggest Twitter influencer!

Geoff received a Techno Hamper that included a complimentary ISOPP membership for 2020.
Call for 2020 Nominations Task Force Members

We are seeking ISOPP members who are interested in volunteering for the 2020 elections Nominations Task Force (NTF).

This year, the Task Force is chaired by the ISOPP President-elect, and, as customary, overseen by the Governance Committee. The work of this task force is outlined below, and will occur in January 2020.

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 2020 election, and must be a paid member for 2019 and 2020.

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:   president-elect@isopp.org by  Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

I look forward to working with interested members, as this is an excellent opportunity to be involved in ISOPP.

Call for Election Nomination 2020

ISOPP's elections will be held in February 2020. ISOPP is seeking candidates for three two-year positions on the Secretariat (with the Treasurer being appointed from those elected).

The following criteria provide a guide for those interested in running for the open positions:

  • Minimum two year membership in ISOPP (required)
  • Two years oncology pharmacy related work experience (required)
  • Volunteer activity in ISOPP
  • Oncology pharmacy related work experience
  • General volunteer and leadership experience

Please consider colleagues who you feel would contribute to the organization. Additionally, if you would like to consider putting your name forward to serve on the Secretariat, please submit your nomination via your personalized link, which was email you on December 10 th , by Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

The following items are required to submit you application: 

  • personal statement that describes your interest in serving on the Secretariat (this will be included in the information provided to the membership during the election if you are chosen for the election slate)
  • current copy of your curriculum vitae / resume
  • current headshot photograph (jpeg file)

If you require further clarification regarding the positions, nomination process or the elections, please contact me via email at president-elect@isopp.org .

Thank you for your consideration. The Society will continue to grow and succeed through the active participation and commitment of ISOPP members.
Shaun O'Connor
ISOPP President-Elect and Nominations Task Force Chair
ISOPP's 2020 Regional Symposium: Save the Date
Oncology Pharmacy Association of Ghana (OPAG)   is hosting ISOPP’s 2020 Africa Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium (AROPS 2020), which takes pla ce May 13-14, 2020 at  Accra City Hotel   in Accra, Ghana. This two-day event, followed by Masterclass on May 15, is chaired by ISOPP and OPAG member, Samuel Obiri-Yeboah.

Save the date and stay tuned as more information becomes available! 
ISOPP's 2021 International Symposium: Save the Date
Did you Know?
It’s Time to Apply for a Research Grant. 
You have until February 5, 2020!

Everyday 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. 

ISOPP members can apply for substantial grants for the purpose of research focused on oncology pharmacy in pre-clinical, clinical, translational or practice-related areas.

Log is as a member and check if you are eligible to apply for a Research Grant !

The deadline is Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

It’s Time to Renew your Membership for 2020!
It’s that time of year again! Membership renewal for 2020 has started already! Check your inbox for an email which was sent on December 4 th with directions on how to renew.
Membership benefits include, and are not limited to:
You can be an ISOPP
Quarterly Newsletter Author 

Would you like to contribute articles to be published in the ISOPP Newsletter?

We would love to hear about conference(s) you have attended, the day in your job or anything else you would like to share with ISOPP members in oncology pharmacy and your practice.
ISOPP’s Newsletter , published quarterly and sent via email directly to members, is the home of international discussion on oncology pharmacy research and practice and ISOPP news and business. We are always looking for contributions.  
Contact Evelyn Handel, Newsletter Editor at newsletter@isopp.org to submit an article. 

You can Reach Our Members

Are you or your national organization looking for a way to reach ISOPP members for a research, sharing information or other related oncology pharmacy matters?

There are several ways to reach the members:

ISOPP will distribute your survey, if it meets set criteria . This service is free for if the principal investigator or co-investigator is an ISOPP member, and is available to non members for a fee of $750 CAD.

Visit the ISOPP Website for more information on how to reach our members.  
Evelyn Handel
Newsletter Editor
Highlighted Education Resources
ISOPP Global Position on the Use
Of Biosimilars in Cancer Treatment and Supportive Care
ISOPP's newly released " Global Position on the Use of Biosimilars in Cancer Treatment and Supportive Care " aims to provide the global oncology pharmacy community with guidance to support decisions around biosimilar use.

The 11 statements cover the regulation and evaluation of biosimilars, practical issues around local implementation, the education of healthcare staff and patients, and the requirement for ongoing pharmacovigilance and outcome monitoring.

Visit the ISOPP website to view the Position Statement.
One of the ISOPP’s member benefits is you have access to member only Masterclasses which take place around the world.

Masterclasses are practical workshops specific to the needs of oncology pharmacy practitioners, facilitated by ISOPP leaders and oncology pharmacy experts.

Topics include: Oral Anticancer, Supportive Care, Safe Handling, and Advanced Aseptic Preparation.
In addition to hands on learning, participants have access to presentation materials post event.

“Most impressive because I had a chance to learn from pharmacists from different countries”.
                         2019 London Masterclass Participant

100% of evaluation respondents agreed that the content of the 2019 London Masterclass was applicable to their practice and they would recommend ISOPP’s Masterclasses to others.

Visit the ISOPP website for more information.
ISOPP offers new educational opportunities specific to the needs of oncology pharmacy practitioners, facilitated by ISOPP leaders and oncology pharmacy experts online.

ISOPP’s first ever webinar on Best Practices: International Medication Safety Network (IMSN) took place on September 11, 2019. Did you miss the Webina r? ISOPP offers complimentary access to the recording for members for one year from the Webinar date.

Watch for upcoming Webinars in 2020!
If you attended the Australasia Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium 2019 (AusROPS19) or the Africa Regional Oncology Pharmacy Symposium 2019 (AROPS19) or the XVIII International Symposium on International Symposium on Oncology Pharmacy Practice (ISOPP 2019) or h ave purchased access to Virtual Library ,  log in to the    ISOPP website   and visit the Virtual Library to view the new video presentations or audio recording.
The Regional and International Symposia participants receive complimentary access to the video recordings of the Symposium they attend for 12 months post event.
The sixty-sixth issue of the Virtual Journal Club (VJC) is available. To access it, visit the Virtual Journal Club Surveys page or follow the direct link to the survey.
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 available. Although not formally accredited for continuing medical education (CME) points, participation is equal to one hour of CME activity.
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
Suite 206, 201 Bewicke Avenue 
North Vancouver, BC Canada V7M 3M7