The Society began its efforts in Global Cancer Treatment arm through supporting the introduction of low-cost oral morphine in several countries that previously did not have a consistent supply of opioids. As essential pain medications were made available, additional focus was geared towards integrating pain treatment into routine hospital care by training health workers, raising motivation and awareness about pain relief. Building on this uptake the Global Cancer Treatment team has expanded its programming in improving access to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The Global Cancer Treatment Team is currently running the following programs and initiatives:

African Cancer Training (ACT)

The African Cancer Training (ACT) fund supports the training of an African oncology workforce in ACS partner countries. The Global Cancer Treatment Team and its partners identify appropriate training institutions, work with these institutions to identify and engage training experts, develop a package of financial support for trainees at each institution, and create a process for national and referral hospitals to apply for funds to train staff in the areas of need.

Research to Expand Access to Cancer Treatment (REACT)

The Research to Expand Access to Cancer Treatment (REACT) project documents the barriers to starting cancer treatment by tracking a prospective cohort of patients and recording the steps in the process from the first day they are referred to oncology services to the day they start treatment in project countries and health facilities. Critical interactions with the hospital service will be documented, including follow-up visits, laboratory tests, pathology, pharmacy, and treatment outcomes.

Treat the Pain

The Treat the Pain program is designed to improve access to essential pain medicines. More than 3.2 billion people worldwide lack access to adequate pain relief even though morphine, the most effective treatment for severe pain, is safe, effective, plentiful, inexpensive, and easy-to-use. The program provides technical support to improve patient access to opioid analgesics, with a focus on low and middle-income countries with high unmet need for pain relief.

Pain Free Hospital Initiative

The Pain Free Hospital Initiative is a one-year hospital-wide quality improvement initiative to integrate pain treatment into service delivery by providing education for patients and staff, raising motivation and awareness, documenting pain levels, improving medicine supply, and communicating impact. The Initiative is a low-cost intervention designed to demonstrate effectiveness and create local champions for pain relief.