The event followed a 2020 Societal Impact of Pain position paper that highlights gaps in pain management and explores cancer-related pain’s impact on quality of life, survivorship and palliative care. Across Europe, nearly 40% of cancer survivors suffer from chronic pain, and at least one third of cancer patients receive inadequate pain care.
The virtual event was co-hosted by two members of the European Parliament, Dolors Montserrat of Spain and Sirpa Pietikäinen of Finland. Stakeholders and patients across Europe discussed these critical gaps in care and shared policy recommendations. Participants agreed the European Commission should focus on adequate treatment options for managing cancer-related pain.
They were also united on the fact that, as MEP Dolors Montserrat explained, real progress in the fight against cancer cannot happen without a comprehensive and holistic pain care approach.
Bringing that approach to fruition requires policymakers to heed the voices of people living with cancer pain and their urgent needs in a meaningful way.