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2005; Volume 6, No 9, September



Many ways to help support palliative care.

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Kathleen M. Foley, MD
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Cancer Pain Release

The importance of methadone as an analgesic for cancer pain management is the focus of the current issue of Cancer Pain Release, the publication of the WHO Pain and Palliative Care Communications Program.

Professor Eduardo Bruera, an expert in clinical oncology and palliative medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center reviews the clinical merits of methadone and the challenges of switching from other opioids to methadone. The issue highlights recent research about the safety, efficacy and patterns of use of methadone and features online resources about prescribing methadone for cancer pain.

To read this issue online, visit here

Communications Assistant WHO Collaborating Center for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care
University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
406 Science Drive, Suite 202
Madison , WI 53711 , USA


The Pain & Policy Studies Group

The Pain & Policy Studies Group is pleased to announce publication of “Improving Cancer Pain Relief in the World: Report for 2004.” The report describes the work accomplished by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Policy and Communications in Cancer Care (the Center), which is sponsored by the Pain & Policy Studies Group at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Highlights of the report include:

   * Policy research and development projects in India with state governments and palliative care professionals to improve access to opioid analgesics for treating cancer pain.

   * Reform of narcotic control policies in Romania , which included visits to the country to study the Romanian health and regulatory system for making opioid analgesics available for pain relief, and a study visit to the Center by a team from the Romanian Ministry of Health to draft new national opioid regulations. A monograph is available here

   * Assistance to the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) sponsored by the United States National Cancer Institute. A presentation about improving access to opioid analgesics for pain relief in the Middle East was given at a workshop in Cyprus for the countries of Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey. A monograph of opioid consumption trends for the Middle East, highlighting the participating countries, can be accessed here

   * A Spanish-language monograph was prepared for the 2^nd Latin American Congress of Palliative Care in Montevideo , Uruguay and is a pdf version of the full report can be seen here.
Comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.

Ms. Jody P. Garthwaite
Policy Specialist & Communications Coordinator
Pain & Policy Studies Group
University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
World Health Organization Collaborating Center
406 Science Drive, Suite 202
Madison , WI 53711-1068


Quality of dying in the ICU

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Request for collaboration / help from a new Psycho Oncology initiative in India

In the developing world, Psycho Oncology initiatives are extremely rare. There are only a few individuals involved in Psycho oncology work in India. Even these isolated ventures are still in their infancy.

A group of Oncologists, Palliative Care physicians, Psychiatrists and Psychologists in Kerala ( India ) met recently to discuss psycho social issues in cancer patients. It was felt that there is an urgent need to develop a resource center in Psycho Oncology to learn, research and document issues relevant to Indian situation. There is also a need to develop programs to train professionals and community volunteers in handling psycho social issues in cancer patients in a culturally appropriate way.

A professional group by name Kerala Initiative in Psycho Oncology (KIPO) was formed to work towards this aim. Alpha Pain Clinic in Trichur (a charitable institution engaged in Palliative Care and Long Term Care activities in the region) has offered to provide the necessary infra structure for KIPO to work.

If you are interested in collaborating with this initiative, please contact KIPO. We will also benefit from any piece of literature / old issues of journals / books covering this topic.

Kerala Initiative in Psycho Oncology
Alpha Pain Clinic
Edamuttam, Thrissur
Kerala , India
Email: [email protected]


Cicely Saunders - the founder of the modern hospice movement.
Revised edition.

Author: Du Boulay, Shirley
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Year: 1994
ISBN: 0340608072
Price: £4.99 plus postage

This is the definitive biography of Cicely Saunders, founder of St Christopher's Hospice ( London , England ) and of the modern hospice movement. It was first published in 1984 and provides a comprehensive account of her life until then. It also provides a history of the hospice movement. In 1994, a new edition was published with an added chapter on euthanasia by Cicely Saunders herself.

The book is available from the St Christopher's Hospice Bookshop.
To order, please email [email protected]
Overseas purchasers can pay by Mastercard or Visa.
In this case, please provide card details with order.

A comprehensive list of items available from the Bookshop, with annotations, can be seen at the following link

Kind regards
Kate Davies BSc(Hons) MA MCLIP
Assistant Librarian St Christopher's Hospice
Halley Stewart Library and Bookshop
51-59 Lawrie Park Road
London SE26 6DZ
020 8768 4671
[email protected]


UK Lottery supports hospice and palliative care

The Big Lottery Fund, UK , is supporting UK charities that are funding many health related programs in developing countries.
Read more here


WHO Publications in French

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to inform you that the following publications in French are now available to you FREE OF CHARGE:

1. Traitement de la douleur cancéreuse

2.  Traitement de la douleur cancéreuse et soins palliatifs chez l'enfant

As we would like to redistribute these publications in the near future, please let us know how many copies of each you will need for your purposes and what address to send them to.

Thanking you in advance for your fast reply
Those interested in receiving a copy of the publications, please contact:
Ms.Verena K. Loch Technical Officer,
Room 4025 Programme on Cancer Control (PCC)
World Health Organization               
Tel: +41 22 791 2650
Fax: +41 22 791 4297
Email: [email protected]


Multilingual Core Curriculum in Psychosocial Oncology

“Dear Colleague,
We invite you to visit the International Multilingual Core Curriculum in Psychosocial Oncology and enter a library of wisdom dedicated to the education of all professionals working with cancer patients including medical doctors, nurses, social workers and psychologists…

This work has been accomplished based on a generous grant from the European School of Oncology and by hard-working experts who volunteered to produce this Curriculum. We thank each of you.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Christoffer Johansen MD, PhD, DMSc Dr. Alberto Costa
President of IPOS Director of ESO”

For access to the International Multilingual Core Curriculum visit click here

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