Our association consists of professional Physical Therapists managing the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary and cardiopulmonary rehabilitative needs of patients resulting from the treatment of active cancer disease. This encompasses acute secondary sequela of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy; long-term secondary sequela of said treatments and palliative care. How Can We Help?
Welcome to the website for the Oncology Section, APTA. The mission of this Section is to advance physical therapist practice for persons affected by cancer and chronic illness by maximizing movement and wellness across the lifespan. The Section pursues this mission through education, research, outreach, member engagement and advocacy. As the numbers of cancer survivors continues to increase, the role of physical therapist and physical therapist assistants becomes increasingly important. This webpage is your source for clinical information, Section activities, research findings, patient education materials and opportunities to engage with other members of the oncology rehabilitation community. Our hope is that you will find the information needed to enable you to provide high quality, evidence-based care for your clients who are cancer survivors, regardless of where they are on the cancer continuum. Please let me know of additional resources that are needed to assist you in meeting this goal.
Welcome and we hope that you will find a professional home in the Oncology Section.
Section Mission | The Oncology Section of APTA advances physical therapist practice to maximize the lifelong health, well-being and function of persons affected by cancer and HIV.
Section Vision | The Oncology Section envisions a society where:
To create a forum for persons whose skills and knowledge concerning oncology physical therapy can be enhanced for mutual benefit to society and the profession of physical therapy through:
The functions of the Section shall be to: