Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care


EPEC for Oncology (EPEC - Oncology) serves oncologists and other health care professionals who provide care to patients who have cancer. EPEC - Oncology seeks to equip these 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 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).

Course Materials

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