Cancer Pain Policy
Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan was published by the European Commission on the 3rd February 2021. The new European Cancer Plan sets out actions that support, coordinate, or supplement Member States’ efforts to improve the prevention, detection, treatment, and management of cancer in the EU.
Within this framework, the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Platform responded to the two public consultations on the Roadmap for the Cancer Plan on the identification of priority areas, and the scope for future action.
Along with these two consultation responses, in September 2020, SIP published its Position Paper on Cancer Pain Policy. Through this position paper, SIP further highlighted the importance of addressing pain management from a multi-professional perspective. Furthermore, SIP highlighted the importance of improving quality of life for patients and survivors, as well improving palliative care and overall treatments.
Virtual event on Cancer Pain policy
On 2nd March 2021, the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Platform organised a virtual event on cancer pain policy entitled “Ensuring Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan Addresses Cancer Pain in Quality of Life, Survivorship, and Palliative Care”. The event was co-hosted by MEP Dolors Montserrat (European People's Party, Spain) and MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (European People's Party, Finland).
Find out more about the SIP event in March here.
SIP contributed to report on strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer
The creation of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer of the European Parliament, which was tasked with establishing a set of concrete recommendations for the member states and the EU institutions in order to strengthen our resilience against cancer, culminated with the publishing of the ‘Report on strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer – towards a comprehensive and coordinated strategy’ . SIP had the opportunity to contribute into this report and included specific recommendations based on its position paper on workplace integration and adaptation, which advocates for the adaptation of the workplace of people living with pain, such as cancer patients and cancer survivors, as well as their reintegration into society and workplaces.
SIP joins the thematic group “Quality of life”
In March 2022, SIP joined the thematic group “Quality of Life” on the Stakeholder Contact Group of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. SIP will be participating and providing input to the Commission on the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the Horizon Europe Cancer Mission in areas under the remit of the thematic group.
The Societal Impact of Pain hosted a workshop on cancer-related pain at #EFIC2022
On the 27th of April, the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) hosted a workshop related to its policy recommendations for cancer-related pain at the 2022 European Pain Federation Congress in Dublin, Ireland.
Attendees heard from Uri Hochberg on the EFIC Standards for Cancer-related Pain in Europe, from Jamie Wilkinson who presented SIP’s cancer-related pain policy recommendations and advocacy work, and Deidre Ryan (president of Pain Alliance Europe) who spoke about bridging the gap from patient experience to advocacy for national implementation of cancer pain policies.
Following the workshop, a call to action was made ensure the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan reflects the EFIC Standards, SIP’s Recommendations, and patient perspectives when being implemented across European Member States.