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Quality Of Life And Pain Management Forum To Be Held In Las Vegas

Medical Experts Will Discuss A Variety Of Pain Management Options

December 05, 2018 - 2:52 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - If you're dealing with chronic pain, or you know someone struggling with cancer, then keep reading. Information is on the way to the valley.

Pain management and its association with quality of life for cancer patients will be the centerpiece of a free cancer forum in Las Vegas on December 6, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at The Caring Place, 3711 E. Sunset Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2018, there have been more than 470 state legislative proposals introduced across the country proposals introduced related to pain management and opioid issues nationwide. In contrast, in 2015 there were fewer than 80 state legislative proposals introduced regarding these same issues.

Many cancer patients and survivors need pain medication to live and complete even the most basic day-to-day tasks—but across the country, the wave of state legislation meant to address opioid abuse has had unintended consequences, making it harder for people with cancer or chronic diseases to access legitimate pain care. In Nevada, cancer patients and survivors have faced significant barriers when attempting to access their prescribed pain treatments because of recent policies enacted that are aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic.

“While our state is experiencing a public health crisis due to the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, it is critically important to remember that there are also thousands of law-abiding Nevadans who are cancer patients and survivors that rely on the legitimate and legal use of these prescription drugs, including opioids, to get through their day or night,” said ACS CAN Nevada Government Relations Director Tom McCoy.

Nevada Assemblywoman Michelle Gorelow will speak at the forum. Gorelow will share insights about pain management as a new lawmaker with a career in public health.

During the ACS CAN cancer forum, medical experts will discuss a variety of pain management options—all of which can improve palliative care for cancer patients, which treats the symptoms of the disease and its treatment. Palliative care often increases survivorship rates and lowers health care costs by speeding recovery and easing the side effects of cancer treatment.