Sunday, April 29 (13)


8 am - 1:30 pm Registration Open

11:45 am–12:45 pm

Cancer/Palliative Care Track—The Interdisciplinary Cancer Pain Management Collaborative: Patient-Centered Teamwork (410)

The Vanderbilt matrix model of interdisciplinary, multispecialty cancer pain care utilizes the expertise of various specialists such as the oncologist, functional neurosurgeon, and interventional pain specialist, all contributing key diagnostic, treatment, and triage expertise based upon their particular vantage point. This session details how this approach can provide the patient more and better options for pain and symptom control, improved quality of life, and even increased survival.

The Interventional Pain Doctor’s Collaborative Role in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Triage of Cancer Pain Patients.

David A. Edwards, MD PhD

The Functional Neurosurgeon's Role: Operative Cancer Pain Treatment: Who Is a Good Candidate and Who Isn't

Hamid Shah, MD

The Oncologist's Role: Triaging Patients in Pain—Crucial Information for Interventional Collaborators

Barbara Murphy, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Compose a list of interventional treatment options for patients with cancer-related pain that might require the skills of multiple specialists including oncologists, functional neurosurgeons, oncologic surgeons, radiologists, interventional pain clinicians, palliative care clinicians, gastroenterologists, advanced practice providers, and therapists.
  • Describe the members of a Cancer Pain Collaborative and how each member can effectively triage care for cancer patients to provide timely treatments.
9:15–10:15 am

NANS Neuromodulation Track—Spinal Cord Stimulation Mechanisms: Indications and Best Practices (405)

This session continues the SCS Neuromodulation track, reviewing the value of psychological evaluation, as well as available high-quality evidence from Level I and II studies supporting the use of SCS in chronic pain involving the axial spine and extremities.

Value of Psychological Evaluation Prior to Neuromodulation Therapy

Daniel M. Doleys, PhD

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Back and Leg Pain

Kasra Amirdelfan, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss emerging technologies, scientific outcomes data and clinical best practices in spinal cord stimulation.
  • Describe the increasing application of SCS for refractory neck, low back, upper and lower extremity pain.
  • Identify best practices in SCS to provide safe, effective and successful treatment of refractory pain.
9:15–10:15 am

Behavioral Medicine Track—A Behavioral Medicine Workshop for Healthcare Professionals: Advanced Skills Target High-Impact Chronic Pain! (406)

This second of four sessions continues the discussion on the foundational nuts-and-bolts knowledge on integrating behavioral medicine into clinical care.

Buying Into Biopsychosocial

Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the critical role of psychology in the experience and treatment of chronic pain.
  • Identify and address barriers to pain psychology in one's own practice (e.g., patient receptivity; lack of knowledge of the treatment modality; lack of resources.)
  • Increase confidence to effectively engage patients in psychosocial pain care (through interactive role-playing, acquisition of skills.)
  • Acquire tangible, immediately implementable resources to facilitate patient receptivity to psychosocial treatment approaches.
10:30–11:30 am

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

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.
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