Australian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, April 2021 virtual event
Topical Session 3C: Meanings of Cancer-Related Pain Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Session Description: Cognitive factors are important determinants of cancer-related pain experience. Simon van Rysewyk describes how cancer-related is particularly sensitive to cognitive factors and describes some common cognitions that people with cancer-related pain have and how they influence patient outcomes. Xiangfeng Xu (Renee) presents on the cultural and social factors that influence cancer pain management of Chinese migrants and what culturally congruent strategies may be implemented to improve their pain outcomes. Melanie Lovell compares levels of suffering in people with cancer-related pain versus non-cancer chronic pain, highlighting differential meanings of existential or spiritual distress and mood dysfunction. Lovell outlines management approaches to cancer pain and suffering that are not responsive to analgesia, such as meaning- or peace-centred therapies.
Session Objectives: At the end of the session, attendees will know: – Common meanings of cancer-related pain and what meanings influence specific patient outcomes – Common meanings of suffering in cancer-related pain and the relationship between these meanings and non-cancer chronic pain experience and mood dysfunction – Effective approaches to diagnosis and management of cancer-related pain symptoms, including interventions based on meaning – Impact of culture on Chinese migrants’ perspectives and responses to cancer pain and recommendations for clinical practice