Opioids for Managing Cancer Pain

More than 30 years of research underlie the approaches that we now use in a standard way to manage the pain of cancer in our patients.

There is so much fear mongering going on right now, across the United States and around the world that can have the unintended consequence of influencing your ability and your commitment to controlling the pain of your cancer patients.

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Opioids for Managing Cancer Pain

Don’t let that happen. The fear mongering is related to diversion of opioids for non-medical uses. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be appropriately prescribing opioids for your cancer patients.

That evidence that’s been gained over the last 30 years has proven that more than 90% of patients can have pain control to their satisfaction throughout the rest of their lives. If you want more help and guidance in providing that level of relief for your patients, use the NCCN guidelines.

Those have been carefully developed to be easy to use that make the research clear so that you can confidently manage your patients, including prescribing the necessary opioids in the necessary doses and then the necessary schedules so that their pain can be relieved to their satisfaction for the rest of their lives.


Pharmacist, CPHQ, CHQO, Quality Coordinator, Chemotherapy Preparation incharge. Graduated pharmacy school in 2009 I stood with my classmates as we recited the “Oath of a Pharmacist” in. There is one particular vow that stood out to me as we recited the Oath and I embrace this vow, “I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.” I love being a pharmacist because it allows me to use my knowledge, abilities, and talents to improve patient outcomes in the community hospital in which I am employed as the pharmacy clinical coordinator.

  • Avatar of Aurora Jennina Aurora Jennina says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post.

    Is it true that Marijuana can be used to treat post chemo symptoms?

  • Avatar of Alvin Matienzo Alvin Matienzo says:

    Hi Obaid,
    Great job on the post. I read a lot of blog posts, but yours really stands out.

  • Avatar of Obaid Obaid says:

    Thank you Alvin, glad you enjoyed your time here and thanks for taking time to read my posts.

    Have a great day.

  • Avatar of Obaid Obaid says:

    Hello Aurora,
    Yes, it’s off label use, and not governed by the medical community.
    however some herbal medicine provider recommend it. if your local regulations allows it.

  • Thank you gor your post it’s really enlightening

  • Avatar of Obaid Obaid says:

    Glad you liked it.. thanks for reading.

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