Cancer Pain Rotation


  • To appreciate the differences in managing cancer pain and chronic non-malignant pain



  • To demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology of pain in the cancer population (ex: peripheral neuropathy – chemo; mucositis – radiation therapy) 
  • To recognize and initiate treatment for emergent causes of pain in the cancer population (ex: HA-brain met; back pain-cord compression)
  • To recognize treatable causes of pain in the cancer population (ex: bone met – radiation therapy)
  • To learn to titrate opioids (via all available routes of administration, including subcutaneous pumps, as an inpatient and an outpatient), and to treat associated toxicities of opioids in the cancer pain population 
  • To gain experience in pharmacologic management in pain in patients with end-stage organ disease which affects absorption, metabolism, excretion of medications; to effectively anticipate and/or treat adverse side effects of medications in this setting 
  • To treat patients and families with respect and dignity 
  • To empower patients to participate in medical decision-making at the end of life 
  • To recognize psychological, social, spiritual, and economic issues which may affect patients and their families, and necessitate adjustment in management plan to accommodate these 
  • To explore the multidisciplinary resources necessary in order to effectively treat cancer patients with pain, with an without evidence of ongoing disease, and to work well within the team providing them 
  • To maintain continuity with inpatients with chronic cancer pain, and to adjust plans accordingly based on daily assessment