The following is from the Winter issue of the International Research Society of the Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer Newsletter that was published in December 2022 for IRS-SCPSC members. To view the full newsletter, please click this link
Message from Dr.Ishitani
Our thoughts and prayers are with many people currently suffering from the tragic events occurring around the world.
Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
Yes, and how many death will it take ‘till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friends, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Looking to the future of the International Research Society of the Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer (IRS-SCPSC) The 3rd/4th Joint SCPSC conference held in April this year was successfully concluded, receiving overwhelming positive feedback. This achievement is entirely thanks to the support and cooperation of all those involved, for which we are deeply grateful. We are now approaching a decade since the first inception of the SCPSC in 2014. The SCPSC has consistently provided cutting-edge topics and fostered heated discussions. However, it is at this juncture that I, once again, ask for the opinions of our board members regarding the future of SCPSC. We received numerous valuable suggestions, which can be summarized as follows:
1) The SCPSC, as a unique opportunity for the world’s leading experts in palliative care to gather and engage in discussions on important themes without competition, should continue as it is.
2) The board’s primary role should be in program planning, and we hope to attract members from around the world to provide a diverse range of perspectives.
3) General topics at the SCPSC should be presented through oral presentations, providing an educational opportunity.
4) A newsletter should be issued.
The 5th SCPSC is already in preparation and is scheduled for July 10-11, 2026. The “Prague Charter – Palliative Care as a Human Right,” established in 2013, forms the fundamental principle of the SCPSC. We look forward to a stimulating program that envisions the future of palliative oncology and psycho-oncology in accordance with this Charter.We hope that a stimulating program with an eye on the future will be organized in palliative oncology and psycho-oncology based on SCPSC’s basic philosophy, “palliative care as a human right (2013)” of the Prague Charter. Additionally, the list of new and old board members up to the end of September can be found on our website under the “Board of Directors” section. We would appreciate it if you could take a moment to read through it.
November 1, 2023
President of The International Research Society of the SCPSC
President, Higashi Sapporo Hospital
Asian Editor, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Dr. Declan Walsh, the Editor-in-Chief of BMJ SPCare, was honoured with The Walther Cancer Foundation Supportive Oncology Award at the 2023 ASCO(American Society of Clinical Oncology) Annual Meeting:
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Additionally, the selection of Dr. Camilla Zimmermann as an associate editor for JCO(Journal of Clinical Oncology; An American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal) was also included as significant news. It is now well-recognized that the integration of standard oncology and palliative care is becoming more universal, and we would like to think that these two news items symbolize that trend.
Welcoming our latest addition to the Board of Directors
Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney.
Director, Center for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation
Lecturer in Global Palliative Care, Wolfson Palliative Care Research Center, University of Hull.
A member of Lancet Commission; The Humanitarian Crisis in Cancer: Palliative Care in Low Resource Settings
Professor and Chair of the End of Life Care Research Group, Vriji Universiteit, Brussels
Associate Professor, Keio University School of Medicine, Keio Cancer Center
Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine
Chief Scientist, Division of Cancer Biology, National Cancer Center Korea
Project Professor at Sophia University Institute of Grief Care
Director of Palliative Care at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Professor（Clinical）, Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology and Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy, Duke University School of Medicine.
Director, Cancer Patient Experience Research Program, Duke Cancer Institute
Associate Scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, National Cancer Center, National Cancer Survivorship Center Korea
Clinical Associate Professor, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Supportive and Palliative Care, National Cancer Center Singapore
Professor, Department of Population Health Science and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Teikyo University
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, National Cancer Center Singapore
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto.
The Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Palliative Care and Psychosocial Oncology
Member’s News continued
On December 4th, an article about the SCPSC Newsletter was published in the BMJ SPCare Blog. BMJ SPCare
Contribution to the SCPSC Newsletter
Professor of Family and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
One of the pleasures that I have experienced through my involvement with the planning of each Sapporo Conference on Palliative and Supportive Care has been my correspondence with Dr. Ishitani before each conference. I have appreciated each of his carefully crafted emails, which seem designed to help me better understand and embrace the vision sustaining the conference while challenging me to provide the kind of specific information needed to plan its curriculum and content.
Many of these communications have commented on the perspective of whole-person care that is a pillar of palliative and supportive care. Prior to the 3rd and 4th Joint SCPSC, Dr. Ishitani wrote me about the need to find equal room at the conference for both discussions of key medical issues in advanced cancer, such as cancer pain, and presentations that explored the complex role that spirituality plays in coping and adaptation to illness. The final conference agenda reveals the extent to which this vision of whole-person care was realized—brilliantly in my estimation.
Dr. Ishitani’s emails usually also focused on the session devoted to pain. My bias has usually been on clinical practice. I want to provide information about the best available evidence while highlighting consensus-based clinical decisions that must be made at the bedside when cancer pain is not controlled.