Pediatric Cancers and the Role of Physical Therapy along the Continuum of Care
Section: Oncology Section
Co-Section: Academy of Acute Care PT,Academy of Pediatric PT
Session Code: ON-2B-8268
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 140AB

Speaker(s):   Stacey Caviston, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  Kristen DeVirgilio, PT, DPT
  Megan Ryninger, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Improved treatment regimens in pediatric oncology have resulted in higher survival rates. Pediatric patients currently undergoing treatment for cancer as well as survivors of pediatric cancers are at an increased risk of adverse side effects from both the disease itself and its subsequent medical treatment, resulting in short- and long-term physical impairments. Physical therapist services have proven to be a vital component in the multidisciplinary care of patients with cancer. At our institution, pediatric patients are followed from diagnosis through their medical treatment, across all settings of care. This session will provide information on the most common types of pediatric cancers, an overview of the typical medical treatments of each, and a thorough discussion on the role of physical therapy, considering factors such as age at diagnosis, developmental abilities, functional status at diagnosis, and medical prognosis. The speakers will use case studies to highlight clinical decision making across the continuum of care for patients with different types of cancers. Attendees will leave this session with tangible strategies for assessing and developing a plan of care for pediatric patients with various types of cancers and will gain an improved understanding of the role of physical therapy within the multidisciplinary team.

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

1.Identify and describe common pediatric oncology diagnoses.

2. Recognize the associated side effects of medical treatments for pediatric cancers and their impact on function.

3. Develop and implement effective physical therapy examinations, treatment strategies, and overall plan(s) of care for pediatric patients in all stages of cancer treatment.

4. Discuss the differences between pediatric and adult cancers.

CEU: 0.2

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