Recommendation 8: NCI should convene a State of the Science Meeting2on palliative care and symptom control. It should invite other National Institutes of Health, and government research agencies with shared inter ests should be invited to collaborate. The meeting should result in a high- profile strategic research agenda that can be pursued by NCI and its research partners over the short and long terms.

Recommendation 9: NCI should establish the most appropriate institu tional locus (or more than one) for palliative care, symptom control, and end-of-life research, possibly within the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis.

Recommendation 10: NCI should review the membership of its advisory bodies to ensure representation of experts in cancer pain, symptom man agement, and palliative care.


In 1999, NCI initiated State of the Science Meetings focused on specific types of cancer “to bring together the Nation’s leading multidisciplinary experts, to identify the important research questions for a given disease and help define the scientific research agenda that will assist us in addressing those questions.”


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