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
- 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.
- The Conundrum of Acute Hospital Opioid Management: Treatment Challenges, Discharge Opportunities, and Balancing Compassionate Care While Decreasing Harm (301)
- Unintended Prolonged Opioid Use: An Under-Recognized Segue to Long-Term Use (310)
- Cancer/Palliative Care Track—Curing Cancer May Hurt: Updates and Strategies for Managing Treatment-Related Cancer Pain (401)
- Cancer/Palliative Care Track—Palliative Care and Pain Medicine: The "Naughty Patient,” Yes or No to Cannabis? The Cancer Is Gone but the Opioids Are Not (404)
- Cancer/Palliative Care Track—The Interdisciplinary Cancer Pain Management Collaborative: Patient-Centered Teamwork (410)