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Management of Cancer Pain During an Opioid Epidemic

Improvements in cancer treatment have led to millions of patients surviving for a decade or more, with a corresponding increase in the number who live with pain. In today’s current climate, both patients and physicians now approach opioid use with extra caution. Join us as we investigate the safe and effective management of pain in adult survivors of cancer through comprehensive assessment with identification of common syndromes, the use of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies, along with risk mitigation strategies to avoid misuse and diversion.


Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN

Director Cancer Pain Program, Northwestern Medicine

Judith Paice, PhD, RN is the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and a Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Paice has served as President of the American Pain Society and Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Much of Dr Paice’s clinical work has been in the relief of pain associated with cancer and HIV disease. She has traveled widely within the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tajikistan, and many other countries to educate health care professionals regarding cancer pain relief and palliative care. Dr. Paice serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and is the author of more than 150 scientific manuscripts. She was one of the original consultants in the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and has continued serving as a faculty member in this program.