Palliative Care Module Series - Part 1 (No CE)

The SGO Palliative Care Committee has developed a series of 15 modules. Part 1 includes the first five topics listed below. This content is primarily designed for trainees but is useful for providers at all levels in all settings. 

This version of the series is NOT eligible for CE. 

Anorexia and Cachexia
Speaker: Diana English, MD
Authors: Diana English, MD, University of South Florida, and Anna Beavis, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University

  • Descript the pathophysiology driving anorexia and cachexia in advanced cancer
  • Articulate the steps in evaluation of anorexia and cachexia
  • Review pharmacologic interventions for anorexia
  • Recognize the importance of contextualizing the evaluation and management of anorexia/cachexia within broader discussion of goals of care

Author and Speaker: Diana English, MD, University of South Florida

  • List three different medications that can be used to manage constipation
  • List the mechanism of action of each of those medications
  • Understand that prevention is critical
  • Prescribe laxatives with every prescription for opioids

Author and Speaker: Lindsay Brubaker, MD, University of Colorado

  • Define dyspnea
  • List differential diagnosis for dyspnea near the end of life
  • Dose opioids appropriately for dyspnea management

Nausea and Vomiting
Author and Speaker: Diana English, MD, University of South Florida

  • List primary mechanism of most common anti-emetics
  • Recognize the importance of targeting nausea medications based on mechanism
  • List at least two anti-emetics available for non-oral routes of administration

Neuropathic Pain
Speaker: Ellen Hartenbach, MD, University of Wisconsin
Authors: Ellen Hartenbach, MD, University of Wisconsin, Katherine Hicks-Courant, MD, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, and Gizelka David-West, MD, Northern Westchester Hospital

  • List two causes of neuropathic pain in patients with cancer
  • Describe pain characteristics generally associated with neuropathic pain
  • List at least two commonly used non-opioid medications for neuropathic pain
  • List two interventional options for management of neuropathic pain

Target Audience

Fellows, Residents, Trainees, APPs, Physicians

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