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EPEC for Oncology
EPEC for Oncology (EPEC - Oncology) is an adaptation of the EPEC Curriculum for oncologists and other health care professionals who provide care to patients who have cancer. EPEC - Oncology seeks to equip oncologists and other health care professionals with the tools needed to teach the core skills in palliative care, including symptom management, ethical issues, and communication skills. The development and creation of EPEC - Oncology was funded by the National Cancer Institute with supplemental funding from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The first EPEC - Oncology Train-the-Trainer Workshop was held in Reston, VA on June 13-15, 2005 in collaboration with the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). To date, the project has trained over 100 EPEC - Oncology trainers. Subsequent ‘Become an EPEC-O Trainer’ Conferences were held on October 30–November 1, 2009, November 2-4, 2007 in Chicago, IL, and October 20-22, 2006 in Philadelphia, PA.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation after cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and their families.

Through its involvement with EPEC - Oncology, the NCI actively pursued its goals of supporting the education and training of professionals who provide care to patients who have cancer and supporting EPEC - Oncology's efforts to fill the gap in the medical education curriculum by offering continuing education in end-of-life care for cancer patients to practicing and in-training oncologists and related care professionals (nurses, social workers, hospice workers).

Michael Fisch, MD, teaches at the October 2009 ‘Become an EPEC – Oncology Trainer’ Conference in Chicago.

The EPEC - Oncology Curriculum is available on DVD through the NCI website at:

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