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Greeting from Chair and Co-Chair

Toward SCPSC2020

The Sapporo Conference (SCPSC) was originally planned by President Ishitani as a commemorative lecture to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Higashi Sapporo Hospital, which was opened in 1983. Our hospital began overseas exchanges with a training program at Calvary Hospital in 1990 and this has continued for more than 25 years, including the Hawaii Conference in 1993. We are indebted to the palliative care experts invited from overseas to lecture in Sapporo, and our hope is to provide an opportunity for Japanese and Asian medical professionals to attend these lectures. Based on the idea of Dr. Portenoy of the MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care (at that time the Beth Israel Medical Center), Dr. Brietbart of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Ishitani, the program of 1st SCPSC eventually evolved into, not just a memorial lecture, but a world-class conference for palliative care researchers.
Thus, the 1st SCPSC was held in 2014 with the participation of 17 lecturers, and was attended by approximately 800 professionals including 48 guests from 20 countries. The conference content received high praise, and there were high expectations surrounding the 2nd SCPSC. The 2nd SCPSC was held In June 2017. Again, 17 lecturers were invited from overseas, creating a wonderful event similar to that experienced in 2014.
The SCPSC Organizing Committee has now decided to hold the 3rd SCPSC in August 2020. We will again prepare a two-day program consisting of two symposiums and plenary sessions. In addition, we are planning to cover a number of call for abstracts (postersession) requested previously. Further details will be announced in the future.
We would once again like to thank everyone for their participation and cooperation in the SCPSC program.

August 20th, 2018

Takeshi Terui
3rd Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer
Director, Higashi Sapporo Hospital

I am honored and pleased to announce that I have been appointed Vice-chairman of the 3rd SCPSC. Under the direction of Dr. Takeshi Terui, our Chairman, we will make every effort to make this conference a success. This conference was first established by Dr. Kunihiko Ishitani of Higashi Sapporo Hospital and was held the first time in Sapporo in 2014 and then again with equal success in 2017. It was then decided to hold the conference every three years. The keyword for the plenary session at the 3rd conference is Palliative Oncology. I myself spent nine years as a surgeon after graduation, then a further nine years on basic research before switching back to clinical work once more. Cancer chemotherapy and now palliative care and the workplace have changed over time, but I believe that the oncologic aspect has remained (at least in intent) consistent. The hospital at which I am currently employed has a palliative care unit, but with the rapid progress in drug therapies (molecular targeted therapeutic agents, immune checkpoint inhibitors) and so on it seems that the distinction between the treatment period and the so-called BSC period is increasingly blurred. Recently, the importance of palliative care for non-cancer diseases is also being emphasized, but I sincerely wish that the plenary session in this conference will provide an excellent opportunity for us to consider palliative oncology in cancer-specific terms. I very much look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

October 5th, 2018

Satoshi Miyake
3rd Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer
Department of Clinical Oncology
Tokyo University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
Cancer Center/Department of Palliative Care
Tokyo Medical and Dental University Medical Hospital