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The Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer (SCPSC) was originally planned by President of the Board of Directors, Dr. Ishitani, as a commemorative lecture for the 30th anniversary of Higashi Sapporo Hospital, which opened in 1983. Our hospital's overseas exchange program began with training at the Calvary Hospital in 1990, and has continued for 30 years imcluding the Hawaii Conference in 1993. This conference began with the wish to invite experts in palliative medicine from overseas to Sapporo to allow Japanese and Asian medical practitioners to hear them speak. The 1st SCPSC program was created by Dr. Ishitani and two specialists from New York, Dr. Portoy from the MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care (the then Beth Israel Medical Center) and Dr. Breitbart from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, not just as a commemorative lecture, but as a summit of the world's leading Palliative Care researchers. The 1st SCPSC was held in 2014 with approximately 800 participants from 20 countries, with 17 speakers from abroad. The content was highly valued and led to many voices calling for a 2nd SCPSC to be held. In response, the 2nd SCPSC was held in June 2017 and, as with the 2014 conference, it was a great success.

The program for the 3rd SCPSC program to be held in August 2020 is now available on the conference homepage.

The program for Day One is mainly focused on Palliative Oncology.
 The theme of the morning symposium is “Opioids and Cancer Pain: Evolving Science and Practice”. It is understood that opioid use is generally progressing in pain management in countries and regions where they are regularly prescribed; however, it is unfortunate that they are often regarded critically due to opioid abuse and drug dependence. Nonetheless, opioids remain a symbol of Palliative Care pharmacotherapy, and if they are properly understood and administered, they will continue to play a central role in cancer pain management. In this symposium, the scientific theory behind and practical advances in Opioids and Cancer Pain will be reported.
 In the Luncheon Seminar, Dr. Kaasa looks back on Palliative Care from Mother Mary Frances Aikenhead to the present, and talks about the history and future direction with regard to the integration of Oncology and Palliative Care.
In the afternoon Plenary Session, four topics on the current status and future of Oncology and Palliative Care integration will be presented.

The program for Day Two deals with psycho-oncology, particularly spirituality and existential distress.
 Dr. Breitbart's Meaning Centered Psycho-therapy (MCP) lecture and workshop at the 2nd SCPSC 2017 had an impact on many participants. At that time, it was stated that spiritual suffering and existential suffering were also the targets of MCP. Therefore, I hope that the SCPSC will advocate the universal concept of spiritual and existential suffering.
 In the morning Spirituality symposium, its science and practice will be discussed.
 In the Luncheon Seminar, Dr. Brescia will explain the basic philosophy and religion with regard to the such suffering.
 In the afternoon Plenary Session, the basic and clinical aspects of existential suffering will be explained.

As shown above, the 3rd SCPSC 2020 promises a rich program. We will start accepting general presentations in September 2019, and I look forward to seeing you in Sapporo in August 2020.

August 27th, 2019

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