Combined Section Meeting 2017

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The Basics

PreConference Courses


February 15, 2017 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Speakers: Shanna Harrington, PT, PhD, SCS, MTC, Sharlynn Tuohy, PT, DPT, MBA and Frannie Westlake, PT, DPT, NCS
Level: Basic - CEUs: 0.8 (8.0 contact hours/CCUs)


In 2016, it is estimated that 1.7 million individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. Although these numbers are 2x greater than those who will be diagnosed with stroke (795,000/year) each year in the US and 13.5x greater than those who will be diagnosed with a spinal cord injury (125,000) each year in the US, there continues to be a lack of courses specifically devoted to Oncology within physical therapy programs. With a growing population of cancer survivors in the US, estimated to be 19 million living beyond a cancer diagnosis in 2024, all physical therapists should be able to implement personalized care using current evidence in order to best treat the Oncology population. Rehabilitation professionals will undoubtedly encounter cancer survivors regardless of their work setting and need to be equipped to provide effective and appropriate treatments. This session aims to demystify the patient with cancer and provide an understanding of the physiological process of cancer and how treatments impact a PT evaluation and treatment. We will identify red flags for precautions and oncological emergencies that are important in providing safe treatments for the cancer survivor. We will define the role and principals of rehabilitation as it relates to cancer. Evidence will be presented to support interventions where applicable and a discussion on resources available for clinicians working with cancer survivors will be shared.

Objectives : Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

1. Describe the physiological process of cancer, cancer treatments and their acute and late effects as they relate to physical therapy assessment.
2. Explain how cancer and its treatments may affect a patient's PT treatment plan and how to modify accordingly for an effective and safe treatment.
3. Develop an appropriate exercise program for patients who have a history of cancer or are currently undergoing active cancer treatment.
4. Apply the current evidence to discuss how rehabilitation can improve pain, fatigue and quality of life in individuals diagnosed with breast, prostate, colon and melanoma cancers.


February 15, 2017 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Speakers: Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS, CEEAA, Min Hui Huang, PT, PhD, NCS and Lucinda A. Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Level: Intermediate - CEUs: 0.8 (8.0 contact hours/CCUs)


Physical therapists commonly treat patients with cancer in all settings. A review of cancer pathophysiology, the impact of cancer and its treatment on body systems and functions, balance, fall risk, and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer survivors will be addressed. Based on the analyses of the population-based data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) and Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) linkage, we introduce a Prospective Surveillance Model to improve outcomes of balance and fall risks in older cancer survivors. Participants will be able to use the data gathered from the history, review of systems, systems review, examination and evaluation to identify cancer survivors who are at risk of balance disorders, falls, or chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. The use of evidence-based screening tools and outcomes measures as well as the prospective surveillance model in the cancer populations will be emphasized. An evidence-based application of interventions with a lab component of case studies will be addressed. The lab components require active participation. Participants should dress appropriately to allow full body movement. Participants will work on assigned tasks prior to the start of the course.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:


1. Discuss the unique and diverse systemic and local effects of cancer and its treatment that impact balance and increase risks of falls.
2. Apply evidence-based screening tools and outcome measures within the ICF framework for the management of balance problems, fall risk, and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer survivors.
3. Apply evidence-based treatment strategies while considering physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis to improve balance and reduce fall risks in cancer survivors.

General Oncology Programming


Full Oncology Programming at CSM 2017 can be found here.


Oncology Section's Booth Volunteers Needed!

Assisting with the Oncology Section's Section booth is a great way to volunteer and meet other therapists in your field. If you are interested in staffing the booth, please choose a time below and click the link to sign up!


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