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Promoting Hospice & Palliative Care Worldwide


2005; Volume 6, No 12, December



Many ways to help support palliative care.

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Message from the Chair & Executive Director:
Kathleen M. Foley, MD
Liliana De Lima, MHA

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Teaching in Cuba

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – Brazil, India and an Evaluation

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What's New?

The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care is pleased to announce the:

The family of the late Golda Fine has established an annual award based at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (TLCPC) at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto . The award will honour local, provincial, national or international inter- disciplinary health care providers or academics who are working in the field of palliative/end-of-life care. The award will allow the recipient to spend 2-3 months at the Temmy Latner Centre to learn and to teach, so that both the Centre and the applicant benefit.


  • Academic appointment at a university recognized by the World Health Organization
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or experience in end of life care
  • Member of a recognized health profession or health administrator

Should you wish help in developing your application, or to request an Application Form please contact:

Jacqueline Kurji
Education Administrative Assistant
Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care
Tel: 416-586-4800 x 1532
Fax: 416-586-4804
E-mail: [email protected]


UICC World Cancer Congress 2006

Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action

Washington DC , 8-12 July 2006

I warmly encourage you to register early for UICC's next World Cancer Congress, which takes place in Washington DC , 8-12 July 2006.

The congress, aptly titled Bridging the Gap - Transforming Knowledge into Action, is a vital step toward easing the cancer burden on the people of every nation. It will bring together cancer control leaders and practitioners from around the world to engage in sharing and exchange across disciplines.

Half of those attending are expected to come from outside the United States , creating a unique opportunity to share cancer control strategies from around the world.

A special rate for early registration is available until the end of March.
To avoid visa difficulties, we strongly encourage you to register for the congress as soon as possible.

Please note that to make this the best possible conference for you, the congress organisers are seeking additional abstracts in:


Track Three: Cancer Supportive Care

(Symptom management, psycho-oncology, quality of life, survivorship, palliative care, and end-of-life care)

Track Four: Building Capacity in Cancer Organisations

(This incorporates elements of the World Conference For Cancer Organisations, including strategic plannig, management, fund-raising, etc.)

The deadline for submitting abstracts in these two tracks has been extended to 12 January 2006.

We congratulate the organisers of the conference on their dedicated work in preparing this conference. We look forward to seeing you in great numbers in Washington and to hearing your views on how we can continue to work together towards global cancer control.

To submit an abstract or learn more about the congress, visit:

If you have difficulty submitting via the website or finding the information you require, send an email to: [email protected] or call +1 404 417 5998.

Yours sincerely,

Isabel Mortara
Executive Director
International Union Against Cancer (UICC)

News Release

“Ads for Drugs to Treat Cancer-Related Fatigue May Be Misleading, Based on Findings in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

New Rochelle , NY , December 16, 2005 — Direct-to-consumer advertising promoting the use of erythropoietin to alleviate cancer-related fatigue fails to point out that the drug is only effective against fatigue caused by anemia. However, anemia is not a significant cause of fatigue in most cancer patients, according to a study in the December issue (Volume 8, Number 6) of Journal of Palliative Medicine , a peer-reviewed publication of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.,   and the official journal of the American Academy of Hospice and  Palliative Medicine. The paper is available free online at
or “ this is a news release obtained from the publisher.


International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and the European School of Oncology (ESO)

 Dear Colleague,

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and the European School of Oncology (ESO) are proud to announce the development of the Multilingual Core Curriculum in Psychosocial Oncology. It is the first multilingual program dedicated to the education of all professionals working with cancer patients, including medical doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, technicians and all others. Key thought leaders and experts in the field have developed one-hour lectures on five important subjects in psychosocial oncology, specifically Communication Skills, Psychosocial Assessment, Anxiety, Depression and Distress Management. This core program is available in six languages on both the IAHPC webpage in

We invite you to visit this program and strongly encourage you, at the end of each lecture, to fill out the evaluation form and send it via the web (as indicated on the website). This is extremely important in order to provide feedback on this initiative and to verify the possible continuation of the program in the future.

Yours Sincerely,

Luigi Grassi, Program Coordinator
Christoffer Johansen, IPOS President

From the Observatory

Dear colleague,

The Observatory has added the last of 6 Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) member country reports to our pages. Information Support Officer International Observatory on End of Life Care

16th International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill

Sponsored by the Departments of Medicine and Oncology McGill University

September 26-29, 2006
Palais des Congres Montreal , Canada

Congress information and Registration:

Ph (514) 286-0855

Fax (514) 286-6066

Email: [email protected]


Refresher Course in Palliative Medicine

February 25-26, 2006

Sponsored by the Palliative Care Division

Regional Cancer Centre

Thiruvananthapura , India

For additional information and registration, please contact:

Dr Prasanth C V

[email protected] or [email protected]


2006 SMMU International Nursing Conference on Palliative Care

Palliative Care: Theory, Skills and Practices
China Second Military Medical University

Event Location: Hangzhou , China
Date Of Event: June 6-9, 2006

Event Description:
2006 SMMU International Nursing Conference on Palliative Care: theory, skills and practice will be a major event in China to learn, share and network with healthcare professional, para-professionals and caregivers in China and around the world who are working and interested in     palliative care. We are also calling for abstracts and papers worldwide. Please visit our website for details of the conference and we look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

Contact Information:
Chance Sun
Education Manager
ChinEdu Consulting Co. Ltd.
Fax: (0086 21) 5037 3348
Email: [email protected] for registration and enquiries.

Deadline of the abstract submission is 31 March 2006.

Event Website:

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