Archive: PT 2012: Active Against Cancer Programming

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    Thursday, June 7

    The Current State of Oncology Physical Therapy

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Lucinda Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA; Nicole L. Stout, MPT, CLT-LANA

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Half of all men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. This lecture will review the information that physical therapy professionals need to understand cancer diagnoses and treatment, including epidemiology of the disease and common cancer diagnoses. The speakers will cover the current state of oncology rehabilitation and highlight current initiatives, including the work of the EDGE Taskforce to describe current outcome measures useful in the oncology population. Attendees will receive an update on current initiatives towards ABPTS oncology specialization and future directions, including advocacy, policy, and emerging models of care and research.

    Oncology Physical Therapy: Lifespan Survivorship Issues From Primary Care to End of Life

    Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Nicole L. Stout, MPT, CLT-LANA

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Patients undergoing active cancer treatment will experience certain side effects and adverse effects of treatment that commonly persist long after cancer-mitigating therapies are withdrawn. Some effects of treatment, not evident during active disease management, appear much later in life. During disease recurrence and end-of-life care, the rehabilitation needs of the patient continue to evolve. This session will examine the lifespan issues that patients face during and after their cancer diagnosis. The speakers will focus on persistent and late effects (including fatigue, gait and balance deficits, and cardiotoxicities), their impact on functional limitations throughout the lifespan, and how they may affect the plan of care.

    Friday, June 8

    Examination and Management of Soft Tissue Restrictions and Upper Quadrant Impairments

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Shana Harrington, PT, PhD, SCS, MTC; Ellen Levy, PT, OCS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Various cancer diagnoses directly impact upper body function, including breast cancer, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, and melanomas and sarcomas of the upper quadrant and/or extremities. Cancer and its treatment impact every body system and therefore special attention is required for rehabilitation of upper quadrant impairments that present during and after cancer treatment. This course will examine management of both acute and late upper quadrant restrictions. Special attention will be paid to soft tissue restrictions; scar tissue, pain, tissue restrictions from radiation changes, and myofascial restrictions are common impairments leading to significant morbidity of the upper quadrant.

    Cancer-related Lymphedema

    Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Lesli Bell, PT; Nicole L. Stout, MPT, CLT-LANA

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Lymphedema is a chronic and debilitating condition commonly seen as a side effect of cancer treatment. The treatment of lymphedema has evolved substantially over the last decade and a broad evidence base exists to guide clinicians in comprehensive lymphedema management. This course will cover basic anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system, as well as differential diagnosis of lymphedema. Interventions encompassing a wide array of modalities will be discussed. The speakers will focus on early detection and treatment of lymphedema using evidence-based clinical interventions shown to reduce lymphedema and its related morbidity.

    Saturday, June 9

    Examination and Management: Diminished Endurance and Exercise Prescription for Patients With Cancer

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Alison T. DeLeo, PT, DPT; G. S. Morris, PT, PhD, FACSM

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Patients with oncologic diagnoses have very specialized needs regarding exercise prescription. Myths abound regarding strict restrictions, with some providers even discouraging patients from exercising. A growing body of literature, however, outlines the overwhelming benefits of exercise for diminishing many of the known side effects of cancer treatment, including fatigue, immune suppression, osteoporosis, and cardiac decline. This course will discuss the evidence supporting exercise interventions in the cancer population, discuss strategies for incorporating aerobic exercise into the physical therapy plan of care, and highlight strategies to safely incorporate exercise and healthy lifestyle behaviors for every patient who has a history of cancer.

    Examination and Management of Lower Quadrant Impairments

    Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Earllaine Croarkin, PT, NCS; Min H. Huang, PT, PhD, NCS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    Various cancer diagnoses directly impact the lower quadrant, including gynecological and urogenital cancers, prostate cancer, and melanomas and sarcomas of the lower quadrant and/or extremities. Cancer and its treatment impact every body system, and therefore special attention is required for rehabilitation of lower quadrant impairments that present during and after cancer treatment. This course will examine management of both acute and late upper quadrant restrictions that directly impact the upper body. Special attention will be paid to balance impairments, common gait deviation, and sensory issues related to chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and its impact on body structure and function.

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