Cancer and Pain: Opportunities to Optimize Patient Care

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
Mike Hennessy, Sr
Mike Hennessy, Sr, Chairman and CEO
Mike Hennessy, Sr, shares his views and perspectives on issues that affect pharmacists. FULL BIO
Mike Hennessy is President, Chairman, and CEO of MJH & Associates and Intellisphere, LLC, publisher of influential journals in health care, finance, and politics, including Pharmacy TimesPharmacy Times is a clinically based, monthly journal providing practical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management watches, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and specialty pharmacy. Pharmacy Times is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of free continuing pharmacy education.

As a businessman, entrepreneur, and publisher of magazines, iPad editions, projects, and Web sites that focus on the needs of health care professionals, Hennessy is intimately familiar with the challenges these professionals face every day in today's competitive practice environment. News & Views: Hennessy's Highlights dissects health care policy issues, the impact of pharmacy on national health care, and the critical issues that concern pharmacists as the new health care reform legislation is debated.

As publisher of Pharmacy Times, Mr. Hennessy launched the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards in partnership with Parata Systems, to recognize the achievements of pharmacists in health care. "As the leader in pharmacy publishing, Pharmacy Times is shining a light on the critical role of the pharmacist in today's health care world and providing invaluable insight into the profession," Mike Hennessy, chairman, chief executive officer, and president said. "We are proud to recognize individual pharmacists in this 2nd annual awards program."

Pharmacy Times is published by Intellisphere, LLC, a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education. Operating within both traditional and digital media channels, Intellisphere serves the needs of health care professionals through an extensive suite of magazines, journals, e-mail databases, Web sites, events and personal meetings. Intellisphere reaches more than half a million health care professionals through Pharmacy Times, Specialty Pharmacy Times, The American Journal of Managed Care, The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, MDNG,, Oncology & Biotech News, Oncology Net Guide, Contemporary Oncology, and Oncology Net Guide: Nurses' Edition.
The lifetime probability of developing cancer is 38% for women and 42% for men, which translates into millions of individuals who need the latest information on this disease, as well as compassionate care and counseling. In 2016 alone, an estimated 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses were reported.1 In “8 Things a Pharmacist Should Know to Counsel Patients with Cancer” on, Pharmacy Times® contributor Larry Calemine, RPh, BSPharm, provides insightful suggestions on how pharmacists can educate and counsel patients with cancer. For example, as the number of cancer cases increases, so does concomitant use of OTC medications and supplements. Calemine notes that most anticancer medications are metabolized via inhibition or induction of cytochrome P450 liver enzymes, and so are OTC medications, which can lead to drug–drug interactions. Pharmacists must be prepared to guide patients with cancer in the safe and effective use of OTC products.

Pharmacists have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive difference in these patients’ lives and those of their loved ones. See Calemine’s article on for other practical suggestions for counseling patients with cancer. Pharmacy Times® and its parent company—Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc—are fully committed to educating and supporting all health care providers and patients to help win victories over cancer every day.

Patients with cancer must often manage pain due to the disease itself or treatment. In the general population, pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care and is a common reason why people turn to complementary and integrative health approaches.2 Because of their accessibility, pharmacists are especially well positioned to recognize legitimate pain in patients and to help them and the entire health care team manage all types of pain. To support this effort, this issue includes the Case Report “Postoperative Pain Management.”

Pharmacy Times® is here to be your best resource for providing patients with optimal care. And now is the perfect time for recognizing your extra efforts. As American Pharmacists Month, October is designated for acknowledging the significant impact that pharmacists have on their communities and health care teams. In addition, October 20 is National Pharmacy Technician Day. So, please join Pharmacy Times® and your peers in celebrating dedicated pharmacy staff: Use #ThankAPharmacist on social media. As an important part of our mission, we pledge to continue promoting the valuable contributions of pharmacists to patient care and the health care industry.

Thank you for reading!

Mike Hennessy, Sr
Chairman and CEO

1.  American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. Accessed July 21, 2017.
2. National Institutes of Health. Pain. Modified December 12, 2016. Accessed July 21, 2017.