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EFIC Pain School on Cancer Pain

General information

4th – 7th October 2022
Radisson Blu Hotel, 107 Old Hall St, Liverpool, L3 9BD Merseyside, UK

Course Organisers: Dr Manohar Sharma, Dr Kate Marley, Mr Jibril Osman-Farah, Prof Bart Morlion (EFIC), Dr Brona Fullen (EFIC)

Focus of this EFIC Pain School: This course aims to develop skills of assessing and treating pain related to cancer and its treatment and in those surviving cancer. This interactive course format develops an evidence-based approach to assessment, and formulating diagnosis and designing a comprehensive holistic plan including pain management. The emphasis is on a multidisciplinary approach to managing pain related to cancer. Learning objectives of this course are in line with EFIC Core Curriculum for managing pain related to cancer as below.

Ms Deepti Bhargava
Dr Arun Bhaskar
Dr Sheila Black
Dr Silviu Brill
Dr Matthew Brown
Dr Mahesh Chaudhari
Ms Alison Cox
Dr Chinnamani Eswar
Mr Jibril Osman-Farah
Dr Clare Forshaw
Dr Bernhard Frank
Dr Brona Fullen EFIC President
Dr Kate Grady
Dr Manish Gupta
Dr Anu Kansal
Prof Andreas Kopf
Dr David Magee
Dr Kate Marley
Prof Bart Morlion
Mr Erlick Pereira
Dr Hemkumar Pushparaj
Mr Narendra Kumar Rath
Dr Manohar Sharma
Ass Prof Nevenka Krcevski-Skvarc
Dr John Titterington


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Target Audience

Trainees from Anaesthetic, Neurosurgery, Pain and Palliative Medicine. Consultants/Specialists in Pain Medicine, Palliative Medicine, GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, and Senior Physiotherapists with a specialist interest in the management of chronic pain. Scientists, Pharmacists and other non-medical personnel with a professional interest in relation to management of pain related to cancer

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify sociocultural influences on the experience of cancer and cancer-related pain.
  • Be able to compare and contrast the assessment and management of persons with cancer related pain and those with chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Recognise the problems faced by cancer survivors who have persistent pain and management principles.
  • Discuss the meaning and significance of the World Health Organisation analgesic algorithm for pain in cancer.
  • Show awareness of and addressing unpleasant end-of-life symptoms including but not limited to, pain, nausea/vomiting, respiratory distress and itch.
  • Recognise the essential role of close liaison with other teams, specifically from oncology, radiation oncology, neurosurgery, anaesthesia and palliative medicine.
  • Define and distinguish between incident and incompletely relieved persistent pain.
  • Discuss the role of cancer therapies in the management of cancer-related pain, including but not limited to: Radiotherapy, Radiopharmaceuticals, Chemotherapy, Immune therapy and
  • Discuss the use of other adjuvant analgesics in cancer pain including but not limited to: bisphosphonates, corticosteroids and ketamine.
  • Role of various interventional pain-relieving techniques including nerve blocks, intrathecal pumps, neuromodulation, neuroablation and High intensity focused ultrasound.
How to apply

Please note: Application is now closed!

  • EFIC offer 15 places per Pain School free of charge via a grant. For the chosen 15 applicants, all teaching and related activities are provided for free, along with accommodation and meals. The only significant cost these applicants should expect to pay is their travel.
  • The application deadline is 31 May 2022. Candidates will be notified by the end of June 2022.
  • All applications are evaluated by the European Pain Federation EFIC® Committee on Education and approved by the Executive Board.