Due to the growing population of cancer survivors in the United States, it is imperative that physical therapists across practice settings are well-prepared to evaluate and treat patients with a history of cancer. This introductory course will provide clinicians with an overview of cancer rehabilitation essentials including safety considerations and common musculoskeletal and functional impairments frequently seen as side effects of cancer and cancer treatments. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.
- Participants will be able to identify at least two current data trends indicating a need for increased cancer rehabilitation services.
- Participants will be able to develop a physical therapy plan of care for each stage of rehabilitation, with respect to a cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.
- Participants will be able to identify at least five red flags requiring immediate referral when evaluating a patient with a history of cancer.
- Participants will be able to list five precautions/safety considerations when working with a patient with a history of cancer.
- Participants will be able to list at least three side effects of cancer treatment interventions that are amenable to rehabilitation interventions.
|0-15 Minutes||Background, review of learning outcomes|
|15-30 Minutes||Overview of current cancer survivorship landscape, highlight of data trends indicating the need for increased cancer rehab services|
|30-60 Minutes||Cancer basics including What is cancer? How is cancer staged? What are the rehab implications of different cancers/stage?|
|60-75 Minutes||Cancer treatments and the physiological, musculoskeletal, and functional impairments that may occur following chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and hormone therapy|
|75-110 Minutes||Safety considerations including red flags and precautions|
|110-120 Minutes||Summary, Q&A|
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