Jeannine Brant discusses the effect of recent focus on opioid and opioid addiction on the use of opioid agents in pain management of patients with cancer.
Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN, Billings Clinic, discusses using opioids to treat cancer-related pain.
The issue of opioids has been getting a lot of attention recently. However, the pain a patient with cancer experiences is different from other, non-malignant pain. And preventing that pain is necessary to maintain their quality of life. Because of that, there will be patients with cancer who need to use opioids. However, patients with a substance use disorder should be taken into consideration. Brant points out that there are ways to manage those patients who are at high risk of such disorders.