Sunday, April 29 (13)


8 am - 1:30 pm Registration Open

9:15 am–10:15 am

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)

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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.
9:15–10:15 am

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

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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)

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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)

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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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