How Not to Be Afraid of Kids (and Parents of Kids) With Cancer
Section: Oncology Section
Co-Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Session Code: ON-2A-5701
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic
The understanding of rehabilitation considerations for children with cancers has grown extensively over the past few decades. Luckily, the incidences of childhood cancers remain low and survival remains high. Due to its rarity, the general populations of physical therapists have minimal working knowledge of and exposure to these disorders. This decreased knowledge may lead to fear or hesitation in addressing children with cancer and their families. Physical therapists who work in inpatient rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, adult oncology settings, and schools have unique expertise but may feel less comfortable with understanding the psychosocial and family-based challenges patients with pediatric cancers and their families often face. In this session, the presenters will outline typical pediatric oncologic presentations and diagnoses, identify common physical impairments and psychological challenges, discuss community and family-role reintegration and debunk common fears related to this population. Physical therapists with increased knowledge and decreased fear will be better armed to evaluate and develop treatment plans for this unique population that are effective and safe. A pediatric psychologist will join in our efforts to enhance understanding and advocacy for identifying the psychological needs of these children and their families
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe the epidemiology, pathology, physiology, and clinical manifestations of the most common pediatric cancers.
2. Recognize common musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and neurological impairments in children with cancer as they relate to function and participation.
3. Identify the medical and physical therapy management and measurements of pain, function, and quality of life in survivors of childhood cancer.
4. Describe psychological and social considerations that may affect physical therapy interventions.
5. Establish a working understanding of the role of physical therapist in pediatric oncology patients.
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