Cancer pain remains an ominous entity for patients and its effective management continues to challenge clinicians. Pain is the most common symptom in advanced cancer and it is the most feared symptom of patients with cancer. Despite our best efforts, approximately 10% of patients in the final stages of cancer have poorly controlled pain and greater than 50% of patients have moderate or severe pain after cancer surgery. Optimizing pain control in the acute phase can dramatically attenuate the risk of developing persistent pain. The challenge of providing effective pain management in advanced cancer therefore mandates a multidisciplinary and multimodal approach with a focus on improving functionality and quality of life.
For this reason, leading pain specialists, surgeons and cancer researchers around the world are joining forces for this one day symposium