The Right Amount at the Right Time: Evidence Based Treatment in Neuro-oncology
Section: Oncology Section
Co-Section: Academy of Neurologic PT
Session Code: ON-2B-8221
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 206

Speaker(s):   Shannon Collins, PT, DPT
  Katherine Rough, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  Kyle Sisler, PT, DPT
  Katherine Sweet, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Current evidence supports the use of high-intensity, repetitive practice to promote neuroplasticity and functional recovery for people with neurologic conditions. In addition, strong evidence exists to guide clinicians on the appropriate exercise prescription for people with cancer. However, the evidence for exercise prescription for patients with neuro-oncologic diagnoses is limited. Significant functional and cognitive impairments can arise from the primary oncologic disease process as well as side effects of rigorous medical management. These patients are often quite ill and limited by profound fatigue due to both their neurologic and oncologic diagnoses, which causes concern about their ability to exercise safely. These challenges make it difficult to achieve the intensity and repetitions required for neuroplastic changes. Appropriate timing of intervention throughout their cancer treatment is also critical to optimizing a patient's functional outcome. This session will examine the available research and the clinical experience of both neurologic and oncologic specialists to review physical therapy implications of both primary neuro-oncologic diagnoses and central nervous system metastases, and their medical management. The speakers will focus on the use of the principles of neuroplasticity and evidence-based treatment interventions for neuro-oncologic patients across the continuum of care that therapists can implement immediately.

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

1. Apply the principles of neuroplasticity to the rehabilitation of patients with neuro-oncologic diagnoses.

2. Explain the medical management of neuro-oncologic conditions and the implications for physical therapy.

3. Prescribe a targeted exercise intervention for improving functional mobility in patients with neuro-oncologic diagnoses across the continuum of care.

4. Implement and modify physical therapy interventions based on the phase of a patient's medical course.

CEU: 0.2

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