President, Board of Directors National Alliance on Mental Illness Lake Forest, California
The social worker is critical in providing psychosocial care to patients with cancer, and Steve Pittman feels they should leverage their training to guide patients in a positive direction to address their mental health.
Tonya Edwards, MS, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Supportive Care Department, says that patients are fearful of beginning opioid medication because of the risk of addiction.
Tonya Edwards, MS, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Supportive Care Department, describes some strategies the healthcare team can employ to assure patients that their opioid medications will be closely monitored and that there are additional methods to deal with pain.
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