Volume 20 | No. 2 | June 2018
From the ISOPP Newsletter Editor and President
ISOPP's Newsletter: New Format
I SOPP’s Newsletter has a new look. I hope you like it. Staying connected with oncology pharmacists around the world and keeping you informed on ISOPP’s news and business is our goal. Please keep submitting articles ( newsletter@isopp.org ) and thank you to this issue’s contributors.
The newsletter summaries below provide a brief introduction to each article. In order to access the full article,  login to the isopp.org 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.
ISOPP Advancing Cancer Care
I hope you like the new format for the Newsletter, as we combine the quarterly newsletter with the bi-monthly “Staying in Touch news from the Secretariat” into one regular member communication. 
Communication is key to achieving ISOPP’s mission of advancing cancer care globally. We currently have a volunteer force of 76 members, and that excludes the 19 members who responded to the recent call to join the Biosimilars Task Force. With 24% of the membership actively engaged in volunteer opportunities, we are well on our way to having the expertise needed for our journey to achieve our mission.
Oncology Pharmacy Around the World
Report of the 11th BOPP Days on 9-10 March 2018 
For the 11th time the Belgian hospital pharmacists gathered at the North Sea coast for a 2-day scientific update.
The program addressed both clinical and technical aspects in oncology pharmacy.

Update from #CAPhOCon18 

The Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology (CAPhO) Conference was held in Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec, Canada from May 3-6, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference was “Better Together”. 
Oncology Pharmacy Practice in Outpatient Setting in China
More and more pharmacists are changing their job focus from dispensing to patient oriented service. Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center is a specialist hospital, with 1300 beds, and a huge patient volume at nearly 3000 per day. Having nearly 70 patients to see in 3 hours, the doctors are always in a hurry, they have less than 3 minutes to explain to each patient. However, patents are always confused about their regimens and medications, especially for those first visitors.

2018 ISOPP & SOBRAFO Collaboration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 9th Brazilian Oncology Pharmacist Society (SOBRAFO) Biannual Congress was held May 17-19, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The SOBRAFO and ISOPP had their first contact many years ago. Since the first Congress, SOBRAFO has been in collaboration with ISOPP by bringing international speakers to Brazil, and this year was no different. ISOPP was represented by Alex Chan and John Wiernikowski, the current and past elected presidents .

ISOPP's 2018 Symposium: Where East meets West
My first ISOPP experience in Shanghai was an eye-opener and I got to learn a lot about oncology pharmacy. Besides that, I thought what stood out was the session on Chinese medicine in cancer treatment, given how the theme aligns with the venue of the symposium.

ISOPP Business and News
New Standards Review
On behalf of the Standards Task Force , thank you to all those who reviewed the draft new chapters of the Standards and shared your comments, reflections, suggestions, concerns, tips, agreements or non-agreem ents with us. Your input is both valuable and appreciated.
The Task Force will now begin its work of reviewing, updating, and reorganizing the existing chapters. 

Call for the Symposium Annual Program Task Force for ISOPP 2019
Would you like to have input into ISOPP’s 2019 Symposium program? As the Symposium Annual Program (SAP) Task Force Co-Chairs, we (Bruce Burnett and Shaun O’Connor) would like to tap into your expertise and ideas to develop an exceptional program for ISOPP 2019, taking place in London, UK, October 10-13.

ISOPP 2018 Photo Gallery
The ISOPP 2018 photos are available in Symposium Gallery. Visit our gallery and find where you are!

Also, a ccess ISOPP 2018 presentation video recordings through ISOPP's Virtual Education Resource Library (Virtual Library) ! As a 2018 Symposium participant, you receive complimentary access to the recordings for one year.
ISOPP 2018 Award and Grant Recipients
Congratulations to this year's Award and Travel Grant recipients!

Helen McKinnon Award:
Rowena Schwartz, USA (pictured above)
Fellowship Award:
Alex Chan, Singapore and Steve Stricker, USA
Poster Award:
Siew Woon Lim, Singapore
Research Grant :
Lisa Holle, USA
Travel Grant:
Himanshu Patel, Canada

Highlighted Education Resources
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!
The fiftieth  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.
Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
The  Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice  (JOPP)   is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal dedicated to educating health professionals about providing pharmaceutical care to patients with cancer. It is the official publication of the International Society for Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP).

Pharmacy News by SAGE
Watch for social media posts advising you when the next quarterly Pharmacy News by SAGE is available on the ISOPP website in the Oncology Pharmacy News section. 

Did you Know?
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   services@isopp.org  to find out more.
UICC Technical Fellowships
Apply for funding to visit another cancer centre in the world to learn and/or be mentored through the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) Technical Fellowships program. Funding varies according to how far you need to travel and could potentially be for two to four weeks. Find out more and on how to apply at: https://www.uicc.org/what-we-do/capacity-building/grants/fellowships#accitem20341
Privacy Policy
ISOPP updated its Privacy Policy in order to be compliant with the recently implemented European Union General Data Protection Regulation .

ISOPP has always taken care of your privacy. Recent updates aim to explain what happens to the data we have, provide details on how we protect your privacy, address new privacy laws, and give more transparency. We encourage you to read through our updated Privacy Policy to make sure you understand the changes and how they affect you. By being a member you agree to these updates. 
Treatment for All

The length can vary from "tweet" size (144-288 characters) to narratives of 250-500 words and should be from: patients and families, managers, administrators, oncologists, nurses, and other allied health professionals.

Your testimonial will be used as part of the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) Treatment for All campaign to build oncology pharmacy capacity in low and middle income countries, with an initial focus on Africa.

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
Fax: +1-604-984-6434
Suite 206, 201 Bewicke Avenue 
North Vancouver, BC Canada V7M 3M7