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Program Detail

Release Date: October-13-10
Credit Expiration Date: October-13-11


Kimberly Noonan, MS, RN, ANP, AOCN
Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner for Hematological Malignancies
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Maureen T. Lynch, MS, APRN, BC, PCM, AOCN
Nurse Practitioner, Adult Palliative Care Program
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Credit Hours



Podcast (MP3 & PDF)

Program Description

The prevalence of cancer in the United States is estimated to be nearly 11 million, and more than 1.4 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year. In patients with cancer, the prevalence of acute and chronic pain continues to be too high. About 60% of cancer patients experience pain; with 25% to 30% experiencing severe pain.

Oncology nurses play an important role in managing pain in cancer patients. Pain education for patients is most often provided by oncology nurses. In addition, their ongoing contact with patients throughout the continuum of care places them in a unique position to identify undertreated or untreated cancer pain. Oncology nurses provide important feedback on treating physicians regarding the pain levels cancer patients are experiencing, and this is recognized as an important factor in improving the management of pain.

To achieve the most effective pain management, oncology nurses must be competent in working with patients to properly assess pain and, further, must continually hone their understanding of how to adequately manage the pain. Based on the severity and specific types of cancer pain, oncology nurses must be able to develop effective analgesic and, when appropriate, opioid dosing strategies based on individual patient needs and responses.

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Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for oncology nurses and nurse practitioners involved or interested in the management of cancer pain.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss approaches to improve the accuracy of initial and ongoing cancer pain assessment.
  2. Summarize effective therapeutic uses for different classes of analgesics based on specific types of cancer pain.
  3. Formulate effective pain management plans based on individual patient needs and responses.


It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity.

Ms. Noonan and Ms. Lynch have no relevant financial conflicts to disclose.

Credit Statements

Accreditation Statement: AKH Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís COA.

Credit Designation Statement: AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for 0.50 contact hour (0.05 CEU). Accreditation applies solely to educational activities and does not imply approval or endorsement of any commercial product by the ANCC-COA.

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Purdue Pharma L.P.

Certificate Fee


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