Standard oncology training does not prepare clinicians for comprehensive treatment of pain in patients for whom the origin of the pain is both known and not able to be altered by therapy (e.g. neuropathic pain from pelvic tumor recurrence refractory to therapy). An assessment of not only the physical, but also the psychological, social, emotional, existential and spiritual aspects of the pain experience is required. Treatment is tailored to address all those elements; the clinician can address the pharmacologic aspects but may need consultations for other methodologies to decrease the patient’s experience of pain. Clinicians who understand the complexity of this assessment and treatment will greatly improve the quality of life of their cancer patients with pain, and that of their family caregivers, as well. They will prevent unnecessary admissions for uncontrolled pain, or uncontrolled side effects of pain medications, such as obstipation or delirium.
This webinar aims to:
Dr. Janet Abrahm is the editor of Pain Control, An Issue of Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, 1st Edition.