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Cancer Pain Study Day

27th Nov 2017

Churchill House
35 Red Lion Square

Special reduced rate  -  £50 for research students of all backgrounds (e.g. Masters, PhD)

Please download and complete the booking form here to register to attend.

Pain in cancer patients has undergone three ‘revolutions’ in the past decade –

1.Basic research has opened our eyes into the mechanisms underpinning the initiation and persistence of pain when cancer invades the body

2.As oncology becomes more targeted, personalised and successful in prolonging life, it has brought a new generation of treatment-emergent toxicities including painful syndromes for long term survivors

3.Clinical research is challenging 20th century assumptions and outdated guidelines, such as the WHO 3-step ladder,  for managing pain.

In this study day, we will field a faculty of eminent expert speakers from each area – basic science, oncology, and pain/palliative medicine.  Within each theme, there will be not only a keynote lecture, but also short presentations from PhD and other researchers. Each topic will end with a ‘debate with a difference’.  What that means is that the subject of the debate will be set during the day by the delegates – so that the debaters will have to think on their feet rather than present set arguments.

The study day will use social media to help select which research is presented - and after the event, also to make a final vote on each debate.



10.00 - Registration and Coffee
10.30 - Welcome and Introduction to day: Professor Sam Ahmedzai
10.20 - Keynote 1: Advances in understanding mechanisms of cancer-related pain: Professor Tony Dickenson
11.20 - Coffee
11.40 - Keynote 2: Re-examination of interventional pain techniques in cancer patients: Dr Arun Bhaskar
12.20 - Presentation of current research*
12.40 - Debate 1: Topic to be set interactively with delegates**
13.00 - Lunch
14.00 - Keynote 3: Treatment-emergent painful consequences for cancer survivors: Dr Paul Farquhar-Smith
14.40 - Keynote 4: Challenging 20th century practices and guidelines for cancer pain in advanced disease: Dr Andrew Dickman
15.20 - Coffee
15.40 - Presentations of current research*
16.00 - Debate 2: Topic to be set interactively with delegates**
16.30 - Close

* Open call for oral presentations of current or recently completed research in cancer-related pain, eg PhD, Masters projects, please email [email protected]  with details of your research.
** Study day delegates and BPS members care invited to submit topics for these debates, which should focus on the themes addressed by the 4 keynote speakers, please email [email protected]  with your suggestions. 


Please download and complete the booking form here to register to attend.

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