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Common Fallacies About Cancer Pain - PT141

Common Fallacies About Cancer Pain

by Jennifer Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN
(4.4 / 2043 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Most patients with cancer will experience pain during the course of their illness and into survivorship. Cancer pain may escalate as the disease progresses, so frequent adjustments in pain management strategies are often necessary to achieve optimal results. Although relief is possible for most cancer pain, many patients will suffer needlessly from discomfort due to mismanagement and undertreatment that can occur due to common misconceptions among providers. Healthcare professionals can work together as a team to help alleviate this suffering by correcting fallacies about cancer pain and applying the principles of effective pain management and research-based interventions.


The goal of this continuing education module is to clarify healthcare professionals’ understanding of cancer pain and its clinical management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify five common misconceptions that result in ineffective pain management
  • Compare definitions for addiction, physical dependence, and tolerance
  • Discuss the responsibilities of healthcare professionals in oncology pain management

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians/nutritionists, health educators, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, imaging and radiation therapist, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2021.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S0799 for 03/06/12 to 03/06/13; 13S0243 for 03/07/13 to 03/07/14; 14S0487 for 03/08/14 to 03/08/15; 15S0761 for 03/09/15 to 03/09/16; 16S1302 for 03/10/16 to 03/10/17; 17S0876 for 3/11/17 to 3/11/18; 18S0802 for 3/12/18 to 3/12/19).
The FL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120018723 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130018729 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140022314 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023698 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27177 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539560 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539560 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 4285 for 04/10/12 to 04/10/13; 5499 for 04/10/14 to 04/09/15; 6087 for 04/10/15 to 04/09/16; 2016-178 for 04/10/16 to 04/09/17; 2017-071 for 04/10/17 to 04/09/18).
The PA Board of Physical Therapy (PTCE003884 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007149 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009925 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 418-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 2014-1055 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-832 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/13/12 to 03/13/16; 03/15/16 to 03/15/20 .
The NV State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 4/11/12 to 7/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4241 for 03/01/12 to 03/01/13; 437-4634 for 03/01/13 to 03/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit. .
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 9/21/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/21/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/21/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Andriette C - fort worth, TX  ·  Nov 15, 2018
good information on a subject that is often overlooked
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Teresa V - Alburtis, PA  ·  Nov 14, 2018
Very informative to understand misconceptions of pain
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Jason M - Wernersville, PA  ·  Nov 13, 2018
good presentation and informative
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Jody M - Haddonfield, NJ  ·  Oct 29, 2018
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Kristi K - austin, TX  ·  Oct 27, 2018
Myths about pain management and cancer.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50