International Palliative Care Workshops


ASCO collaborates with oncology societies around the world to deliver education about palliative care to health care providers.

The International Palliative Care Workshops (IPCW) aim to teach participants communication skills, pain assessment methods and how to manage medications, comprehensive care and symptom management, how to deliver bad news, and strategies to implement palliative care services in their hospital and in regional hospitals.

The ASCO International Palliative Care Workshop utilizes the EPEC-O: The Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology Curriculum and other materials to teach physicians, nurses, social workers, and others skills in palliative care within their countries. 

What our attendees are saying…

As a result of attending IPCW…

  • “I’m working on a national level to promote the development of PC services in hospitals around the country – I use many of the slide presentations to convince others.” -Turkey
  • “I spend time listening to my patients and try as much as possible to tell them about their conditions with emphasis on possible outcome with regards to terminal cases. I have also tried to influence my colleagues at work to develop such attitudes in their practice.” -Ghana
  • “I have after the workshop been impressing on my head of department on the need for us to ensure adequate stocks of oral morphine as well as other medicines.” –Ghana

Workshops in 2015 & 2016:

Date Location In Collaboration With:
December 7-10, 2015 Kolkata, India Eastern India Palliative Care
May 12-14, 2016 Almaty, Kazakhstan Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC)
October 21-23, 2016 Luoyang, China First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology

Workshop Objectives:

  • Use pain assessment tools and methods or medications for patients’ pain management.
  • Provide comprehensive care and symptom management.
  • Communicate with patients’ families about palliative care and coping with bad news.
  • Help implement palliative care services in their hospital and in regional hospitals.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • 78% of survey respondents reported making practice changes based on what they learned at the course.
  • 71% of respondents said they have improved their communication approach with patients and their families.
  • 64% said they have improved their ability to administer pain relief.

Host a Workshop in Your Country:

ASCO collaborates with organizations around the world to organize training courses to improve cancer patient care.  If your organization is interested in applying to host an International Palliative Care Workshop please contact

2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium:

Date Location
October 9-10, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

The 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, held from October 9-10, provided attendees information vital to the entire cancer care continuum, from laboratory research regarding biologic mechanisms of symptoms to caring for patients' psychosocial and spiritual needs during cancer treatment and at the end of life. In addition, the Symposium featured numerous opportunities for networking. 

Visit for more information on this exciting new Symposium.

Palliative Care Resource Center:

ASCO has launched a palliative care resource center to provide a central location for a range of reference materials for physicians and patients.