Special edition of MAG ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses terminally ill/cancer care

Today’s Medical Association of Georgia ‘Top Docs Radio’ show – the second in a series of three special episodes that addresses opioids and opioid misuse – delves into care for terminally ill patients and patients who have cancer. 

The program features Nathan Neufeld, D.O. – who is the chief of the Division of Pain Management for Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and the medical director of Pain Services and Supportive Therapies and an interventional pain management specialist for CTCA in Atlanta – and Anna Skold, M.D., who is a lead clinician at Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) Palliative Care Clinic in Atlanta and KP’s physician lead for medical ethics.

“This program looks at the patient-physician relationship and the careful considerations that physicians in the state must take into account given Georgia’s new opioid prescribing requirements,” says Lori Cassity Murphy, the MAG Foundation’s manager of programs and initiatives.

Drs. Neufeld and Skold discuss…

– The differences between cancer pain and chronic pain

– How the opioid misuse epidemic is affecting cancer patients  

– The difference between palliative care specialists and generalists 

– The shortage of palliative care physicians 

– Non-pharmaceutical treatment options for cancer

– Pain treatment options for patients who have bone metastasis 

– Intrathecal pain pumps    

MAG sponsors at least two ‘Top Docs Radio’ episodes per month. Between downloads and live listeners, the program has reached more than 230,000 listeners – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.  

This series of special editions of the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is being partially funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

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