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Integrative Therapies for Cancer Pain Management

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to provide a description of the pharmacologic and integrative therapeutic options for individuals with cancer pain.
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Many advances have been made in the treatment of cancer during the last several decades and yet effective cancer pain management remains an overwhelming issue for more than 80% of patients. Today, there are numerous options for cancer pain management, ranging from more traditional pharmacological treatments to integrative therapies, including complementary and alternative modalities. Increasingly, research links adequate pain control with improved survival for patients with cancer. The effective treatment of pain for cancer patients must include an examination of all possible treatment modalities in order to ensure the patient receives the most compassionate care available.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the extent of cancer pain.
  • Identify the pathogenesis of cancer pain.
  • Discuss pain assessment tools.
  • Describe pharmacologic treatment options for cancer pain.
  • Explain integrative treatment options for cancer pain.
  • Identify issues related to managing cancer-related pain conditions.

Pain in patients with cancer continues to be problematic for both patients and healthcare providers. Despite major advances in pain management, cancer pain remains poorly managed in more than 80% of patients with cancer (Aghabati, Mohammadi, & Esmaiel, 2008).

Pain is estimated to occur in 59% of patients undergoing cancer treatment, in 64% of patients with advanced disease, and in 33% of patients after curative treatment (van den Beuken-van Everdigen, et al., 2007). However, these numbers vary dramatically depending on the type of cancer and the treatment(s) received by the patient. Pain negatively impacts the patient's comfort, ability to remain active, emotional status, and, generally diminishes the quality of life (QOL). Further, there is an increasing body of literature that links adequate pain control with improved survival (Den, et al., 2014; National Comprehensive Cancer Network [NCCN], 2017; Temel, et al., 2010). The effective management of cancer pain is an essential aspect of the overall treatment plan for patients with pain related to their disease or their treatment modalities.

An integrative healthcare approach to pain management in oncology patients—one that treats the body, mind, and spirit and incorporates nonpharmacologic interventions into the overall treatment plan—may serve as a valuable addition to the wide range of pharmacologic interventions currently available to patients (NCCN, 2015; Sheinfeld, 2012). By themselves, nonpharmacologic interventions can produce pain relief and support effective coping abilities in patients suffering from pain (Johnson, et al, 2014). However, the evidence supporting the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches is limited and heterogeneous (Teets, Dahmer, & Scott, 2010). Patients are individuals with unique health histories and abilities to respond to pain management therapies. To be the most effective, treatment therapies must be individualized, with the primary goal of maximizing function and QOL, while adhering to the best clinical practices and the patient's wishes.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

June 01, 2020

  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.