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Cancer Pain Academy In-Person Course

13.12.2023  -  14.12.2023

Rome, IT


The Cancer Pain Academy is a free of charge closed event for selected participants only.
Applications closed

Chairs: Matti Aapro, CH - Sam Ahmedzai, UK - Johan de Munter, BE

The Cancer Pain Academy is a free of charge in-person course aiming at creating an interactive programme dedicated to oncologists, surgeons, nurses, patient advocates, radiologists, anaesthesiologists and pharmacists to help improve the quality of cancer pain management and to deepen the holistic approach in this care with the points of view of different experts.

Course Format

  • Plenary lectures on state-of-the-art clinical treatments with reference to clinical guidelines
  • Clinical case presentations and discussion with an international faculty of top experts
  • Ground round workshop to put learnings into practice

Learning Objectives

  • To raise awareness about the essentials of cancer pain (i.e., pathophysiology of cancer pain and how to assess classify it)
  • To discuss the management of pain cases (an interdisciplinary panel discussion)
  • To focus on the importance of when and how to involve the interdisciplinary care team in the care plan
  • To educate participants on coping with stressful situations in managing cancer patients with pain

Main Topics

  • Pathophysiology of cancer pain
  • Assessment and classification of cancer pain
  • ESMO & country guidelines in the treatment of cancer pain
  • Multimodal management of cancer pain treatment
  • Biopsychosocial model of treating cancer pain
  • Involvement of interdisciplinary teams in the care plan 

The course is held entirely in English and fluency in English is necessary for admission.


The Cancer Pain Academy is free of charge.
The in-person course will be held in English and translation will not be provided.

Organising Secretariat

Sharing Progress in Cancer Care
Via Vincenzo Vela, 6
6500 Bellinzona – Switzerland
Tel: +41 91 820 09 68

Martina Radice

Annalisa Musco


The Cancer Pain Academy will take place at Mercure Roma West, Italy.

  • Selected participants will benefit from 1 night accommodation and meals according to the programme
  • Arriving late for the start of the course or leaving early at the end are not acceptable. To receive course credits, attendance to all sessions is required

The course will start on Wednesday 13 December at 13:00 CET and end on Thursday 14 December at 13:30 CET. Participants should arrive on Wednesday 13 December in the morning; a welcome buffet lunch will be organised and will take place in the course venue.

Travel Grants

Travel expenses are reimbursed to selected participants as following:

  • Participants from Europe:
    • The cost of travel by air, in economy class, at the most economical available rates, up to a maximum amount of EUR 400.00.
    • The cost of travel by train/bus, at the lowest available rates, up to a maximum amount of EUR 200.00.
  • Participants from overseas:
    • The cost of travel by air, in economy class, at the most economical available rates, up to a maximum amount of EUR 1’000.00.


Participants will be issued a certificate of attendance at the end of the event by completing the on-line evaluation questionnaire.

Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).  

EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA).

Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the organising secretariat.


This course is made possible thanks to independent educational grants from Cloud Pathology Group and Mundipharma.


13 December

12:00Welcome light lunch & networking
13:00Welcome, introduction, objectives, and pre-meeting quiz
Matti Aapro, CH - Sam Ahmedzai, UK - Johan de Munter, BE
13:15Unlearning and healing chronic pain
15-minute presentation and 10-minute live discussion
Howard Schubiner, US
13:40Essentials of cancer pain: the pathophysiology of cancer pain and how to assess and classify it
Bart Morlion, BE
 14:00Assessment and classification
Morena Shkodra, IT
14:20Learning from the best – expert top tips
 14:20ESMO and country guidelines
Marie Fallon, UK
 14:35Multimodal management
Sam Ahmedzai, UK
 14:50Biopsychosocial model
Luzia Travado, PT
 15:05EFIC guidelines for pain management in Cancer Patients
Elon Eisenberg , IL
15:20Coffee break & networking
15:45Managing pain cases – an interdisciplinary panel discussion
Presentation of 3 cases by attendees
Johan de Munter, BE
16:30Collaboration is key – when and how to involve the interdisciplinary care team in the care plan
Johan de Munter, BE
16:453 12-minute cases prepared by Faculty
 16:45A case of cancer pain: the specific role of radiotherapy
Charlotte Billiet, BE
 17:05A case of cancer pain: how to evaluate the risk of vertebral fracture and the need for neurosurgical intervention
John M. Duff, CH
 17:25A case of cancer pain: how assessment and treatment are organised in China
Dongying Liu, CN
17:45Summary and closing remarks: bringing about positive change and quality improvement
Sam Ahmedzai, UK
20:00Dinner & networking

14 December

9:00Welcome back and regroup
Matti Aapro, CH - Sam Ahmedzai, UK - Johan de Munter, BE
9:15Grand rounds workshop
10:00Coffee Break & networking
10:30Grand rounds regroup
11:30Communication with patients: do’s and don’ts
Lesley Fallowfield, UK
12:15Dealing with stressful situations in managing cancer patients with pain
Luzia Travado, PT
13:00Post-event quiz
13:15Closing remarks and departures
Matti Aapro, CH - Sam Ahmedzai, UK - Johan de Munter, BE


Applications closed

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • 2-3 years’ experience in oncology
  • Involvement in scientific activities
  • Fluency in English

The course is addressed to the following categories with special interest in the management of chronic pain and/or a professional interest in relation to management of pain related to cancer:

  • Clinical Oncologists
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Patient Advocates
  • Radiologists
  • Anaesthesiologists
  • Pharmacists

How To Apply

Interested participants should apply online (at the top of this page) providing:

  • Letter describing motivation for attending
  • Supporting letter from head of department or mentor
  • CV with list publications (if the list of publications is not provided, it will be assumed that no articles have been published)
  • Clinical case (please, use the provided template below)
  • Professional experience form (please, use the provided template below)

Clinical Case Presentation

During the in-person event, the 3 best clinical cases will be presented and discussed by participants. A template giving details of the clinical case you would like to present should be submitted with your application. Please provide a straightforward case found in your daily clinical practice - no uncommon or extremely rare cases. You should include:

  • Diagnostic considerations
  • Treatment
  • Results, follow-up
  • At least three questions proposed for discussion with the faculty

Before you start completing the online application form, please be sure you have all the requested files (CV, motivation letter, supporting letter, professional experience template and clinical case template) ready to be uploaded to the system. Online applications will not be complete unless all the files are uploaded.


Download HERE your Professional experience template
Download HERE your Clinical case template


Matti Aapro, Sharing Progress in Cancer Care and Clinique de Genolier, CH
Sam Ahmedzai, University of Sheffield, UK
Charlotte Billiet, Iridium Netwerk, Wilrijk, BE
Johan de Munter, University Hospital Ghent, BE
John M. Duff, Clinique de Genolier, CH
Elon Eisenberg, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, IL
Marie Fallon, St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh, UK
Lesley Fallowfield, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Dongying Liu, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital, CN
Bart Morlion, University Hospitals Leuven, BE
Howard Schubiner, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine East Lansing, US
Morena Shkodra, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, IT
Luzia Travado, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, PT