Oncology Rehabilitation: Tools for the PT/PTA Generalist
Section: Oncology Section
Session Code: ON-P2-7261
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Registration Fee Required: 1A
Session Type: Preconference Courses
Session Level: Intermediate
Cancer incidence and survivorship are growing at unprecedented rates. The number of cancer survivors in the United States is expected to increase from about 11.7 million in 2007 to 18 million by 2020. As advances in medical treatment and technology transform many cancers into chronic conditions, the prevalence of unmet physical needs of patients with a history of cancer is also increasing. Evidence demonstrates that many of these physical needs may be amenable to physical therapy interventions.Due to the growing prevalence of cancer survivors and the physical impairments following cancer treatment, it is imperative that physical therapists in all practice areas are well-prepared to evaluate and treat this population. This case study-based course will address physical impairments commonly encountered in cancer survivors, as well as the evidence-based physical therapy interventions to address them. The speaker will present several selected topics, including general and diagnosis-specific treatment considerations that will allow course attendees to return to clinic after the course and be able to confidently evaluate and treat patients with a history of cancer.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Recognize the current cancer survivorship landscape and why there is a need for increased focus on oncology rehabilitation throughout the continuum of care.
2. Describe the physiological, musculoskeletal, and functional impairments that may occur following common cancer treatments.
3. Describe red flags commonly seen in the outpatient rehabilitation setting when treating patients with a history of cancer.
4. Demonstrate effective screening, evaluation (including functional outcome measures), and treatment of patients with cancer and/or history of cancer.
5. Appraise the current evidence regarding oncology rehabilitation.
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