Gastrointestinal effects of cancer & palliative care - for Palliative Specialists

Funded by: Kyowa Kirin

This resource, composed of 10 clinical cases, assesses the user’s knowledge and understanding on the gastrointestinal effects of cancer and palliative care.

Successful completion of the resource provides 1 hour of CPD delivered by Learna Ltd.

Resource Content

Constipation is a common presenting symptom in primary care with a prevalence increasing from 3% in young adults to up to 20% in the elderly. It is associated with worsening quality of life which is a particular issue in palliative care, where drug treatments, such as opiates, are commonly associated with constipation. In consequence, recent guidance has evolved to help support the management of constipation and newer therapies are available that expand the ability to provide effective treatment beyond traditional laxatives. This module, consisting of ten questions is designed to assess knowledge on issues relating to constipation with an emphasis on opiate-induced constipation and associated guidance.

Aims and objectives:

The aims and objectives of this module are to:

  • Raise awareness regarding the physical and health economic implications of constipation
  • Improve knowledge on issues surrounding the prevention and management of opiate induced constipation (OIC) and newer therapies available to complement traditional approaches to care
  • Raise awareness of the investigation and management of chronic constipation with reference to recent guidance.