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Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer

The aim of the Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer (SCPSC) is the pursuit of Palliative Oncology and Psycho-oncology. A “scientific approach” is necessary in a variety of fields. The true meaning of the term “scientific approach” is that its universality is assured, and this is particularly important in medicine. Further, as the science philosopher Thomas Kuhn suggested, we should also keep in mind that science is not an absolute value.
Although the field of Palliative Oncology is not yet fully established, it is inevitable that it will converge with that of Palliative Care when we give consideration to the care of cancer patients. Psycho-oncology is an established field founded by the late Jimmie Holland. However, due to its nature, it is a science that evolves with changes in people's values, and many new challenges constantly arise. We are convinced that the pursuit of these two areas will result in greater hope for patients suffering from cancer as well as for their families.
Conceptually, Psycho-oncology can be included under the broader notion of Palliative Oncology, but in consideration of the historical backgrounds of both and given the importance of Psycho-oncology, we have made these fields the two pillars of SCPSC.
The SCPSC was founded as a project by the Higashi Sapporo Hospital in 2014. Thereafter, it was organized for young basic and clinical cancer researchers, with the 2nd conference held in 2017. Both the 1st and 2nd conferences gained participation interested professionals approximately 20 countries from Asia and around the world, and has become recognized as a quality international conference. The 3rd conference is scheduled in 2020, and we are expecting many cancer researchers and clinicians to participate

June 1st, 2018

Kunihiko Ishitani
President, Higashi Sapporo Hospital
Associate Editor, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care