19th December 2017

Managing pain in advance cancer settings: an expert guidance and conversion tool

Dr Barry Quinn, Director of Nursing for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, is the Chairman of the Managing Advance Cancer Pain Together [MACPT] group, which is a team of European experts in pain management who recognise that, despite the great advances in cancer treatment and care, many people living with advance cancer are not receiving adequate pain management. This group of experts have therefore come together to look at solution models to reduce distress and suffering for individuals living with an advanced cancer condition.

MACPT includes experts from: Charite University, Berlin, Germany; Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France; Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust, England, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium; King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation, London, England; and Dr Barry Quinn represents the first hospice to contribute towards this working group.

The article published in Cancer Nursing Practice outlines the prevalence of advanced cancer pain and very much takes a patient-centered approach to understanding and addressing all aspects of people’s pain. This is a solution driven guidance based article that draws on the group’s experience and expertise, providing a very comprehensive guide that demonstrates how it is possible to improve the management of pain for patients with advanced cancer above current standards.

Building on international guidance and expert opinion, MACPT, working with patients with advanced cancer, has developed clinical based and easy to use guidance to support those working in the field. This includes the newly developed MACPT Conversation Tool, to help people with cancer, and those caring for them, to talk about the hidden aspects of pain. The guidance and tool are available in English, French and German, and will be translated into other languages. This article discusses management of cancer pain and describes how to use the conversation tool.

To read the full article you will need to be a subscriber to Cancer Nursing Practice. Click here to access the article online.

For more information about MACPT please visit the groups website at: www.macpt.eu