Integrative Approaches to Symptom Management for Cancer Patients

This presentation from a variety of UCSF specialists covers a range of practical topics, from how clinicians can easily meet the new DEA educational requirement for opioid use disorder to the current evidence on mindfulness meditation's capacity to alleviate physical, psychosocial and even existential distress in cancer patients. Learn why buprenorphine is an exceptionally safe and effective tool for managing pain in patients with an addiction history or for those who don’t tolerate full agonists. And hear one expert's perspective on the value of cannabis – and he doesn’t mean CBD – for easing cancer symptoms as well as on the medicinal use of certain mushrooms.

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Michael Rabow, MD.

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Donald Abrams, MD.

Donald Abrams, MD

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Janet Ho, MD, MPH.

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Kavita Mishra, MD, MPH.

Kavita Mishra, MD, MPH

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