The Heart of the Matter: Advocating for Physical Therapy in Oncology Survivorship
Section: Oncology Section
Co-Section: Cardiopulmonary Section
Session Code: ON-1B-6941
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 140AB

Speaker(s):   Diane Heislein, PT, DPT, MS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  Jessica Walton, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

With continued advancements in the medical management of cancer the number of oncology survivors continues to grow. While this is great progress in medicine, we are identifying more long term chronic effects from the disease and its treatment, especially cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunction which are within the scope of physical therapy practice. This course outlines the necessity for physical therapy to be a larger part of oncology survivorship. Many other professionals are unaware of established physical therapy guidelines for patients with oncology diagnoses pre, during, and post treatment. Synthesizing current evidence, this course will discuss considerations for treating survivors across settings with emphasis on cardiotoxicity, secondary pulmonary diagnoses and the growing development of cardio-oncology programs. Physical therapists have a strong contribution in this developing field and attendees of this course will have the tools to educate providers, have a basis for treatment across all settings, and advocate for the profession and thousands of survivors living in the US today.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1.Identify secondary cardiac and pulmonary diagnoses associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

2. Identify the benefits of physical therapy after oncology treatment.

3. Identify resources for a physical therapist treating patients with a prior oncology diagnosis.

4. Advocate for physical therapy inclusion in survivorship plans.

CEU: 0.2

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