Management of Cancer Pain

Pain and other distressing symptoms affect millions of people with serious illnesses, and they often are not well managed, resulting in physiological, psychosocial and economic consequences. Effective care requires a partnership among the patient, medical specialists and family members and can help patients achieve the best quality of life possible by enhancing communication and treating the symptoms caused by serious illnesses. As innovative pain treatment solutions have increased, there is a need for advanced educational preparation to help clinicians deal with the needs of patients with advanced, life-limiting illnesses. This session will discuss best practices for cancer pain management and associated complications.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  • Recognize optimal telephonic case management strategies for this patient population
  • Select strategies for pain and symptom management for patients with cancer
  • Identify the challenges faced by health care professionals when managing pain
  • State best practices for cancer pain management and associated complications

Karen Stanley

Karen J. Stanley, RN-BC, MSN, AOCN, FAAN
Nursing Consultant, Pain and Palliative Care
Wilmington, Delaware


About the Presenter
Karen J. Stanley is a nursing consultant specializing in the clinical and administrative aspects of cancer care, pain management and palliative care. She is nationally and internationally known for her leadership and expertise in oncology and end-of-life issues and has lectured on clinical, psychosocial and ethical issues pertaining to the care of the oncology patient across the illness continuum. She is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society and has been honored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a Fellow for Graduate Study and for contributions to the local ACS unit; by the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative for Outstanding Contribution to the Relief of Cancer Pain; and by the Kaiser Permanente Service Excellence Program, Spotlight on Leadership, Award for Pain Management in the Hospice Population. Prior to retirement, she served as Director of Pain and Palliative Care Services, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut.

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Presenter Disclosure
Karen J. Stanley, RN-BC, MSN, AOCN, FAAN, has indicated that she has no relevant financial relationships.

Activity Planners
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Activity Planner Disclosures
All of the planners reported that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity to include:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation and Application for Certificate of Credit forms
  • A passing score of at least 70% on the Post-Activity Assessment is required in order to claim credit

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Method for Calculating CE Credit
CE credit is calculated based on the complexity of content.

Accreditation Statement
OptumHealth Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements
OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

This activity is approved for 1 contact hour(s) (0.1 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.

Attending the full program will earn 1.0 contact hour(s). Unique Activity Number: 0860-0000-15-023-H01-P

AAPC-Certified Coders
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 1.0 CEU. Can be used for Core A, CANPC and CHONC with successful completion of post-test for continuing education units.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to earn credit.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by UnitedHealth Group Global Services, Inc.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, coders (AAPC) and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in the management of cancer pain.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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