Volume 20 | No. 3 | September 2018
From the ISOPP President
In the last edition of ISOPP’s Enewsletter, I proudly reported that we had a volunteer force of 26% of the total membership and outlined the resulting progress. I am equally proud to say that the progress continues as our volunteers are engaging in interesting and relevant projects. In our newly established Biosimilars Task Force, one of the sub groups is working on a survey to assess members’ training and education needs in relation to the introduction and use of biosimilars in their practice (see Emma Foreman’s update below).

Also, the Education Committee has several initiatives in development, one of which is a general education needs assessment survey. Watch your inbox for requests to complete both these surveys in the next few months. Your input is essential as it guides the work of the Committees and Task Forces and determines the products and services that ISOPP offers, a vital process to ensure your membership stays relevant and of value to you.

Oncology Pharmacy Around the World
2018 ASCO Annual Meeting Summary
By Ney Moura Lemos Pereira, Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Norte

With the central theme, Delivering Discoveries: Expanding the reach of precision medicine, the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting brought many perspectives and some news. Once again, the meeting took place in the city of Chicago, Illinois in the United States between June 1st and June 5 th and gathered more than 40 thousand people. 

HOPA Practice Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois
By Evelyn Handel, National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Every year in the fall, the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) holds a Practice Management Conference. This year it was held September 14-15 in Chicago, Illinois and I had the opportunity to attend and learn from experts in a wide variety of topics.

My Experience as an Oncology Pharmacist in Brune i
By Chea Xin Lim, The Brunei Cancer Centre

After returning from UK upon completing my pre-registration, I was given the opportunity to venture into the oncology field. Back then, the only cancer centre in Brunei was starting to expand. Despite the lack of specialist training in place, being a pharmacist in oncology was very intriguing and challenging.

MASCC/ISOO 2018 Conference in Vienna, Austria
By Toh Yi Long, National University of Singapore

Each year, the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) joins with the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) to hold an annual meeting on supportive care in cancer. It provides a great platform to meet international experts and delegates and to get updates from the latest developments in the field of cancer supportive care. 

Beginnings of Oncology Partnership in Africa
By Tegan Bilse, Netcare Garden City Hospital

We have a saying that we use colloquially here, in response to any number of difficulties. We say “TIA, this is Africa”. It usually refers to a struggle, a difficulty or our government officials, and reminds us to do the best with what we have. With an over-burdened government sector serving the majority of the population, scarcity of resources and skills are unfortunately all too common.

Memo from APOPC 2018
By Manit Saeteaw, Faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, Ubon Ratchathani University

Asia Pacific Oncology Pharmacy Congress (APOPC) is a biennial conference which brings together oncology pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other healthcare professionals practicing in oncology from Asian countries. Pharmacist can update, exchange and share many aspects of oncology pharmacy. APOPC 2018, which is jointly organized by the Asia4safeHandling group, Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore and National Cancer Centre Singapore, was held during 7-9 September 2018 at Singhealth Academia. 

ISOPP Business and News
ISOPP's International Symposium, 2020 and beyond: Call for Request for Proposals

Would your national organization, or you and a group of your colleagues, like to host ISOPP's 2020 International Symposium in your country?

Along with the prestige of hosting an ISOPP event, you have the opportunity to:

  • increase exposure of your national association and/or those working in the field (if your country does not have a national association)
  • elevated the stature of the local chairs and Task Force volunteers
  • bring economic benefits to the host city and country
  • have input into the program including the cultural / local flair and social event aspects
  • host friends and colleagues from around the world
  • have a potential source of revenue and membership expansion
  • gain more experience in hosting a large event

If you are interested or know of an organization that might wish to host a future ISOPP International Symposium, please review and respond to the request for proposal .
UICC Technical Fellowships: Call for Mentors

I SOPP is partnering 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.

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.

Upcoming Education Needs Assessment Surveys

Watch your inbox for notifications of upcoming Education Needs Assessment Surveys!
The goals of the surveys are to assess members’ training and education needs in relation to the introduction and use of biosimilars in their practice and education needs in general.
Your input is essential as it guides the work of the Committees and Task Forces and determines the products and services that ISOPP offers, a vital process to ensure your membership stays relevant and of value to you.
ISOPP Biosimilars Task Force Update

This month we held the second meeting of the ISOPP Biosimilars Task Force, and I am pleased to report that we are already making progress towards our goals. It has been hugely beneficial to be able to compare the experiences of pharmacists from across the globe and a pleasure to meet face to face albeit via a video screen and across several time zones!  

Find out more updates of ISOPP Biosimilars Task Force by clicking the link below.

Highlighted Education Resources
ISOPP 2019 Save the Date

ISOPP 2019 takes place October 10-13, followed by one day Masterclasses on October 14, at the Novotel London West, in London, UK.

Save the date  and be part of a comprehensive program addressing leading edge topics during plenary, panel and concurrent sessions.  Share your ideas as part of the posters and platform presentations and engage in up-to-date information presented in sponsored satellite symposia and sponsor and exhibitor displays.

TUKED-ISOPP Masterclass in Turkey on October 2018

ISOPP's next Masterclasses will be held in Kusadasi, Turkey on Friday, October 6, 2018.

Let us know if you would like to be part of holding an ISOPP Masterclass/es in your country.

ISOPP's 2018 Symposium Debrief

The calibre of ISOPP's education events is reflected in the many successes from our 2018 Symposium held in Shanghai this past April. The theme was “East Meets West: Past, Present, and Future”.
Download the infographic showing you the value of attendance and share the image with your colleagues!

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-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.
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!

ISOPP 2019 Awards and Grants

Applications for the Travel Grant, Helen McKinnon Award, Fellowship & Achievement Award will be opening soon. Stay tuned!

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.
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. 
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