Maureen Lynch, MS, ANP-BC, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN Nurse Practitioner, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA
1 contact hour
Patients with advanced cancer frequently suffer from pain, one of the most feared and burdensome physical symptoms associated with cancer. Cancer pain can have a significant impact on quality of life, limiting a patient’s ability to participate in daily activities and causing fear and depression. Therapeutic options to manage cancer pain include NSAIDS, opioids, and adjuvant therapies. The most effective approach to pain management depends on the pathophysiology and type of pain. The prevalence of pain in patients with cancer continues to be too high, and undertreatment remains a widespread problem. A large portion of the undertreatment of cancer pain can be explained by several current barriers to the effective use of opioids. Overcoming these barriers is critical to relieve suffering in cancer patients. This activity aims to help clinicians improve the management of cancer pain with more effective use of opioids to restore or maintain quality of life in patients with cancer.
. Target Audience
This educational activity is intended for oncology nurses and nurse practitioners involved or interested in the management of cancer pain.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Discuss approaches to improve the accuracy of initial and ongoing cancer pain assessment.
Delineate appropriate strategies to address the under-treatment of cancer pain.
Formulate effective pain management strategies based on individual patient needs.
Identify approaches to overcome treatment side effects as a barrier to effective cancer pain relief.
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Ms Lynch has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests to disclose.
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Commercial Support Statements
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Teva CNS.
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