Cancer/Palliative Care Track—Rapidly Changing Paradigms in Oncologic Pain Medicine in an Era of Prescribing Scrutiny (407)

10:30–11:30 am Sunday, April 29

As perceptions of opioid therapy evolve, care must be taken to assure that suffering cancer patients are not inadvertently ignored as an unintended consequence. This session provides a current perspective on the WHO pain treatment ladder, relevant risk management tools, safe opioid prescribing and monitoring practices, and multimodal adjuvant treatment approaches (including cannabis where legal) - all of which can help mitigate pain and symptom burdens, and enhance quality of life.

Modifying the WHO Ladder with Newer Opioid Treatment Strategies

Amitabh Gulati, MD

Establishing Safe Prescribing and Monitoring Habits for Cancer Patients on Opioid Therapy

Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, MD

Starting Multimodal Cancer Pain Techniques to Address the Opioid Crisis in the Oncologic Population

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a modified version of the WHO ladder to improve patient outcomes in cancer pain medicine.
  • Examine safe prescribing methods and monitoring strategies for opioid usage in the ocologic population.
  • Discuss newer multimodal therapeutic options for patients undergoing severe cancer pain syndromes.