Pain Management in the Oncology Population (54:03)

*Watch the Video DEMO (below)

a seminar included in:

COURSE: Core Competencies in Interdisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation



Pain is one of the most common and often debilitating symptoms experienced by people with cancer, from diagnosis through survivorship. Prevalence ranges from 39% in patients following curative treatment, up to 66-80% in advance or terminal phases. Whether a result of disease or disease-related treatment, pain causes significant physical, functional, and psychosocial burdens.

This seminar discusses the different types and characteristics of pain to relay the importance of identifying the underlying pathophysiology and determine safe and effective targeted treatment options. The audience will learn the essential roles that careful screening and ongoing assessment play, involving a comprehensive interdisciplinary team that is inclusive of specialists and rehabilitation team members.

The speaker further describes evidence-based, reliable assessment tools with the goal of capturing and documenting patient-reported pain outcomes, directing appropriate pain interventions, and preventing dependency and addiction.

The audience will learn the history of the opioid crisis, current national oncology industry recommendations for pain management, and available resources for patients and providers.


  • Understand the impact of pain management on quality of life and overall survivorship
  • Understand the goals of pain management
  • Understand the role of the interdisciplinary pain management team
  • Review common causes and signs/symptoms of pain
  • Review non-pharmacologic pain management interventions
  • Review pharmacologic pain management strategies
  • Review safety considerations in pain management
  • Review the functional outcome tools used to measure and track data on pain
  • Review the current industry recommendations for pain management in the oncology population

View DEMO (5:14)