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)

9:15 am–10:15 am Sunday, April 29

When trying to address the challenges inherent in pain management and palliative care for the cancer patient, knowing “what to do” can be a daunting task for clinicians. This session provides practical strategies to manage the patient on opioids who has demonstrated aberrant use, better understanding of cannabis in order to better advise patients, and chronic pain care for cancer survivors - all important areas of expertise needed for safe and effective care.

Rising to the Challenge of the “Naughty Patient”: Identifying and Managing Aberrant Opioid Use Behaviors in Patients with a Serious Illness

Halena Gazelka, MD

Give Them What They Want?: Yes or No to Cannabis for Patients with Serious Illness

Jacob J. Strand, MD

The Cancer Is Gone—Now What to Do with the Opioids?: Managing Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors

Mihir M. Kamdar, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire skills to screen for, recognize, and manage aberrant opioid use in the setting of complex and life-threatening medical illness, complex pain, and chronic opioid use. This will include review of current guidelines regarding appropriate opioid prescribing and monitoring,
  • Review the pros and cons of medical marijuana use in the setting of complex medical illness and chronic pain.
  • Examine the complex management of cancer survivors with chronic pain, including multi-modal management and a discussion of when to continue opioid therapy.