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MASCC Palliative Care Study Group

Leadership

Chair: Andrew Davies, MD (adavies12@nhs.net) - UK
Vice-Chair: David Hui, MD (
dhui@mdanderson.org)- USA
Vice-Chair: Gregory Crawford, MD (gregory.crawford@adelaide.edu.au) - Australia

Study Group Minutes
2015 Minutes alt - Copenhagen, Denmark

Goal

The goal of this study group is to foster international collaborations related to education and research in supportive and palliative oncology to improve the quality of cancer care.

MASCC International Pain Management Center

Dr. Mellar Davis has created the MASCC International Pain Management Center, a web resource that provides (PDF) access to many consensus guidelines and position statements on pain management. The Center also contains teaching resources, books, and articles of interest.

2017 Workshops

2017 Annual Meeting Workshop, June 22, Washington, DC
Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care:  Why? What? Who? When? How?
This workshop will explore the integration of oncology and palliative care through the combination of complex case studies, panel discussion, and active audience participation. We will review the conceptual models related to such integration, and participants will learn how such integration is implemented at academic cancer centers, as well as in community clinics. We will discuss the timing of referrals to palliative care specialists and ways to discuss such referrals with patients and their families. The differences between referrals for pediatric and adult patients will also be considered. 

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Education, Palliative Care; Pediatrics.
Workshop Chair: David Hui

2017 Annual Meeting Workshop, June 22, Washington, DC
Circadian Rhythms and Chronobiology in Cancer: Relationship to Cancer-related Fatigue and Other Toxicities
One of the most difficult challenges faced by both clinicians and researchers is that of understanding the mechanisms involved in the etiology of toxicities related to cancer and its treatment. A primary example of such a toxicity is fatigue. However, the task is particularly challenging when severe toxicities coexist and treatment options are not well defined. The goal of this workshop is to educate clinicians and researchers about potential mechanisms of toxicity, especially those that can give rise to multiple adverse events. Circadian phenomena have strong and direct implications for fatigue, sleep problems, delirium, pain, and other toxicities. A better understanding of the relationships involved will help clinicians choose treatments and will help researchers develop new and maximally effective therapies.

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Fatigue; Palliative Care; Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life.
Workshop Chairs: Oxana Palesh and Diwakar Balachandran

Past Workshops

Recent Research

Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care Programs: An International Consensus
Study Group members initiated a Delphi survey (three iterations) to develop an international consensus on indicators for the integration of specialty palliative care and oncology programs for hospitalized advanced cancer patients. Respondents reached consensus on 13 major and 30 minor indicators. Major indicators were related to clinical structure (e.g., presence of palliative care inpatient team), processes (e.g., early palliative care referral), outcomes (e.g., median time from diagnosis to palliative care consultation), and education (e.g., routine rotation of oncology fellows to palliative care). The results can be used to identify centers with a high level of integration and to facilitate benchmarking, quality improvement, and research. >> Read More

Guidelines

Opioids in palliative care: safe and effective prescribing of strong opioids for pain in palliative care of adults, full guideline alt(May 2012) Developed for NICE by the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer , ©National Collaborating Centre for Cancer

Publications

Pain and Palliative Care Articles, Supportive Care in Cancer - Login Required

Resources

Developing Palliative Medicine Partnerships
Mellar P Davis alt PDF, 2.4MB)
This is a presentation on the development of palliative care services in China, by Dr. Mellar Davis at the 2010 MASCC Symposium.

Improving Access to Opiods: Have We Made Progress?
Snezana Bosnjak alt PDF, 5.8MB)
This is a presentation on improvements in opioid accessibility in Sierra Leone, Columbia, Uganda, and Serbia, by Dr. Snezana Bosnjak at the 2010 MASCC Symposium.

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology
Progress in Palliative Care
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)
ESMO Position Paper:  The Current and Future Role of the Medical Oncologist in the Professional Care for Cancer PatientS (2014)
ESMO Global Opioid Policy Initiative (2013)
ESMO Designated Centers of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care (as of December, 2014)
ASCO-ESMO Consensus Statement on Quality Cancer Care (2006)
ESMO Handbook on Advanced Cancer Care (2006)
ESMO Global Opioid Policy Initiative
     - Opioid Policy Infographics by Region

Surveys

  • Palliative Care Needs Assessment
    The Palliative Care Study Group comprises a large number of members from diverse backgrounds. To better serve your needs, we ask you to take 5 minutes to complete a brief needs assessment survey. Please try to complete this survey on or before April 9, 2016. The results will be shared at our Study Group meeting in June. >> Proceed to Survey

  • Brought to you by MASCC, EAPC and ESMO: The first international survey of palliative care programs. >Results.

Publications

Recent Member Publications
Cancer Pain Management: Safe and Effective Use of Opioids. Bruera E, Paice JA. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2015;35:e593-e599. 
Genomics, personalized medicine, and supportive cancer care. Sonis ST. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2015;35:9-16.Free Full Text.
Indicators of integration of oncology and palliative care programs: an international consensus. Hui D, Bansal S, Strasser F, Morita T, Caraceni A, Davis M, Cherny N, Kaasa S, Currow D, Abernethy A, Nekolaichuk C, Bruera E. Ann Oncol. 2015 Sep;26(9):1953-9. 
Minimal clinically important differences in the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale in cancer patients: A prospective, multicenter study. Hui D, Shamieh O, Paiva CE, Perez-Cruz PE, Kwon JH, Muckaden MA, Park M, Yennu S, Kang JH, Bruera E. Cancer. 2015 Sep 1;121(17):3027-35. 
A Pilot Study To Define Chemical Coping in Cancer Patients Using the Delphi Method. Kwon JH, Hui D, Bruera E. J Palliat Med. 2015 Aug;18(8):703-6.
The frequency of missed delirium in patients referred to palliative care in a comprehensive cancer center. de la Cruz M, Fan J, Yennu S, Tanco K, Shin S, Wu J, Liu D, Bruera E. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Aug;23(8):2427-33. 
The frequency of missed delirium in patients referred to palliative care in a comprehensive cancer center. de la Cruz M, Fan J, Yennu S, Tanco K, Shin S, Wu J, Liu D, Bruera E. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Aug;23(8):2427-33.
Doctors discussing religion and spirituality: A systematic literature review. Best M, Butow P, Olver I. Palliat Med. 2015 Aug 12. 
Nurse perceptions of the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale in two palliative care inpatient units: a focus group study. Hosie A, Lobb E, Agar M, Davidson PM, Chye R, Phillips J. J Clin Nurs. 2015 Aug 7. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12925. 
Health care utilization and end-of-life care for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia. El-Jawahri AR, Abel GA, Steensma DP, LeBlanc TW, Fathi AT, Graubert TA, DeAngelo DJ, Wadleigh M, Ballen KK, Foster JE, Attar EC, Amrein PC, Brunner AM, Stone RM, Temel JS. Cancer. 2015 Aug 15;121(16):2840-8. 
The frequency of missed delirium in patients referred to palliative care in a comprehensive cancer center. de la Cruz M, Fan J, Yennu S, Tanco K, Shin S, Wu J, Liu D, Bruera E. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Aug;23(8):2427-33.

>> See More Publications

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology
Progress in Palliative Care

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Please contact the Study Group Chairs above with your questions.
MASCC Study Group Coordinator, Don Gubitosa