European Pain Federation Cancer Pain Policy

In 2017 EFIC put together a multidisciplinary Task Force of European experts to prepare standards for the appropriate management of cancer-related pain. This culminated in the 2018 EFIC Standards for the management of cancer‐related pain across Europe—A position paper from the EFIC Task Force on Cancer Pain.

In addition to the momentum from the scientific literature, the focus on cancer has also increased in the political arena, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines for the Next European Commission 2019-2024 specifically mentioning the need for a European cancer plan.

In the ensuing Mission Letter to Stella Kyriakides (Commissioner for Health and Food Safety), Kyriakides was tasked with developing a plan proposing actions to strengthen Europe’s approach at every key stage of cancer: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, life as a cancer survivor, and palliative care.

The European Commission’s work on cancer sits within the Directorate General for Health (DG SANTE), and on the 3rd February 2021, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP) was launched.

This followed an extensive public consultation phase with  stakeholders and civil society. The Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) fed into this process, culminating in the SIP position paper on the importance of addressing cancer related pain management in the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and beyond.

In order to ensure the EBCP is effectively implemented, the SIP virtual cancer pain policy event entitled “Ensuring Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP) addresses cancer pain in quality of life, survivorship, and palliative care” will gather stakeholders, policymakers and cancer pain experts on 2nd March 2021 to agree on recommendations for cancer pain in issues related to quality of life, survivorship, and palliative care.

Other sources of interest from our some of our partners:

SIP contributed to the European Cancer Organisation’s publication entitled “Free from Cancer: Achieving Quality of Life for All Cancer Patients and Survivors”.

A Handbook from the European Cancer Leagues to break the taboo surrounding cancer in the workplace.

Chapter 7 of the EU CANCON Guide: Survivorship and rehabilitation: policy recommendations for quality improvement in cancer survivorship and rehabilitation in EU Member States.

The European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights.