This activity is based on footage from a 2022 event with Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Natasha Michael, where she focused on breakthrough cancer pain as a separate entity from cancer pain.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the heterogeneous nature of breakthrough cancer pain intensity and its clinical characteristics
  2. Describe the differences between the pharmacokinetic profiles of rapid-onset and short-acting opioids
  3. Assess and choose an appropriate treatment based on an individual's pain profile

This activity has been designed to take 1 hour to complete and is suitable for 1 Category 1 Credit in the RACP's MyCPD programme.

Other healthcare professionals can still enrol and complete this course. You will receive a certificate upon completion.


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