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Looking to the future of the International Research Society of the Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer (IRS-SCPSC)

The 3rd/4th Joint SCPSC conference held in April this year was successfully concluded, receiving overwhelming positive feedback. This achievement is entirely thanks to the support and cooperation of all those involved, for which we are deeply grateful.

We are now approaching a decade since the first inception of the SCPSC in 2014. The SCPSC has consistently provided cutting-edge topics and fostered heated discussions. However, it is at this juncture that I, once again, ask for the opinions of our board members regarding the future of SCPSC. We received numerous valuable suggestions, which can be summarized as follows:

The SCPSC, as a unique opportunity for the world's leading experts in palliative care to gather and engage in discussions on important themes without competition, should continue as it is.
The board's primary role should be in program planning, and we hope to attract members from around the world to provide a diverse range of perspectives.
General topics at the SCPSC should be presented through oral presentations, providing an educational opportunity.
A newsletter should be issued.
The 5th SCPSC is already in preparation and is scheduled for July 10-11, 2026. We anticipate an exciting program that looks to the future, based on the fundamental principles of the SCPSC and the "Palliative Care as a Human Right" from the Prague Charter of 2013, which focuses on palliative oncology and psycho-oncology.
Additionally, the list of new board members can be found on our website under the "Board of Directors" section. We would appreciate it if you could take a moment to read through it.

Kunihiko Ishitani
President of The International Research Society of the SCPSC
President, Higashi Sapporo Hospital
April 30, 2024