Common Fallacies About Cancer Pain - RAD141-60

Common Fallacies About Cancer Pain

by Jennifer Stephens, PhD(c), MA, RN, OCN
(4.5 / 563 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (0.75 CE Credit)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


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 necessary to achieve optimal results. Although relief is possible for most peoples’ cancer pain, many of these patients will suffer needlessly from discomfort due to mismanagement, undertreatment and common misconceptions among providers. Healthcare professionals as a team can 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 addiction, physical dependence and tolerance
  • Discuss healthcare professionals’ responsibilities in oncology pain management

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians/nutritionists, health educators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, pharmacists, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Radiologic Technologists: 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.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 9/1/2012 to 9/1/2018.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 9/1/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/7/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/1/2018

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.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Brian R - Wahpeton, ND  ·  Jun 23, 2017
Interesting to read.
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KAYLA W - POLK CITY, IA  ·  Jun 17, 2017
This course could pull in details on how specific healthcare professionals have a role in care for these patients.
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Adrienne H - Akron, OH  ·  Jun 17, 2017
when I get cancer I am having the Dr review this course so I can live with little to no pain
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Jordan M - casper, WY  ·  Jun 16, 2017
wasn't what I figured it was was more on pain management
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Linda L - Tampa, FL  ·  Jun 10, 2017
Increased knowledge about the myths of pain for Cancer patients.
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00