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UB Medical School to Co-Sponsor Program On Cancer And AIDS Pain Management

By Mara McGinnis

Release Date: March 10, 1998

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The New York State Cancer and AIDS Pain Initiative (NYSCAPI) will hold a conference on "Cancer and AIDS Pain Management" April 3-4 in the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

Co-sponsors include the University at Buffalo Department of Anesthesiology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Hospice Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The program targets NYSCAPI members, as well as interested non-member physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and specialists in the pharmaceutical and health-care industries.

Objectives of the program will be to identify biologic and psychological issues in the treatment of pain in cancer and AIDS cases; discuss the ethical, psychosocial, regulatory and economic aspects of pain management; refine an approach to treating cancer and AIDS pain among special populations, and teach participants to assess and treat the major pain syndrome in cancer and AIDS patients, as well as implement pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain treatment.

The conference will feature faculty from the UB medical school, the University of Rochester, Columbia University and the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, as well as representatives from a variety of hospitals, cancer centers and health-care organizations. Among them are Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, Independent Health, Beth Israel Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hospice Buffalo Homecare Services and Sedonia Holistic Medical Centre Pain Management and Acupuncture of Buffalo.

Continuing education credit is available for physicians, as well as members of the New York State Nurse's Association and the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

For registration information, contact NYSCAPI at (212) 221-3300 or via e-mail at NYSCAPI@aol.com