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The field of Oncology Rehabilitation is moving forward at an unprecedented pace. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date news and information from the Academy.
Rehab Oncology Senior Editor, Mary Fisher, pens article for The Conversation
Dr. Mary Fisher wrote an article titled “Physical therapy important for women treated for breast cancer” that was recently published by The Conversation.
Oncologic Balance & Falls SIG partners with Move Forward PT to develop Cancer-Related Balance and Falls content
In conjunction with APTA’s Move Forward PT, our newly established BF SIG has helped create valuable resources for clinicians and patients on the topics of cancer-related balance and falls. The latest episode of Move Forward Radio it titled The Risk of Cancer-Related Falls. You can also view the brand new Cancer-Related Balance and Falls Tips Page.
Academy of Oncologic PT elections to open in November
Academy of Oncologic PT elections will open on 11/5/2018 and will close on 11/19/2018. Please take advantage of this opportunity to review the slate of candidates and their bios and please submit your votes during the time period indicated. Thank you to all candidates and to all members for helping to support our Academy’s progress.
Pediatric oncology webinar now available to view
On August 30th, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy presented an online educational session titled, “PT management in pediatric oncology: Sequels prevention and treatment”. This webinar is now available for your viewing via Streaming or Direct Download
New SIG: Oncologic Balance & Falls
The Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy is now accepting members for the Balance and Falls Special Interest Group- BFSIG! This SIG is free to join for Academy members. It has been created to help promote knowledge and communication of issues relative to balance and falls for cancer survivors. Opportunities to collaborate with other oncological physical therapists and receive information helpful to your practice will be plentiful.
Our first podcast will air on September 20th in honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness day. Find it on www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio. Dr. Elizabeth Hile will be discussing the fall risk profiles in cancer survivors. How much more at risk are cancer survivors? What are some of the red flags and why could a fall be so much more difficult for cancer survivors?
Please visit our SIG homepage today for more information, to join, and to help us reduce falls in cancer survivors. You can also check us out on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates and initiatives.
If you want to do more and become a state or regional advocate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll receive information on our nationwide initiative!
Call for Associate Editor for Qualitative Research
Rehabilitation Oncology, the official journal of the Academy of Oncologic PT, is seeking a new Associate Editor for Qualitative Research. Click here for more information regarding job requirements and how to apply.
Chris Barnes, PT, DPT awarded the 2018 Clinical Research Grant
Congratulations to Chris Barnes, PT, DPT for being awarded the 2018 Clinical Research Grant for his proposal “Quality of Life and Physical Function Loss in Rural Lung Cancer Surgery Patients: A Qualitative Study.”
An Update for Cancer Liaison Physicians from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
Resource Guide for Specialization Now Available
A comprehensive resource guide is now available to assist in preparing for the oncology specialty certification exam through the ABPTS.
The Academy of Oncologic PT Introduces New Guideline on Diagnosis of Upper Quadrant Lymphedema in Patients With Cancer
While early recognition of upper quadrant lymphedema secondary to cancer can play a crucial role in maintaining quality of life for patients, few clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) exist to help clinicians diagnose the condition. The APTA Oncology Section set out to change that with the publication of “Diagnosis of Upper Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer: Clinical Practice Guideline From the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association” in Physical Therapy (PTJ), APTA’s science journal. An executive summary of the CPG will be published in Rehabilitation Oncology’s July issue.
Authors Kimberly Levenhagen, PT, DPT; Claire Davies, PT, PhD; Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT; Kathryn Ryans, PT, DPT; and Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD, evaluated research on current diagnostic and assessment methods, including bioimpedence analysis, circumferential measurement, water displacement, perometry, and ultrasound imaging.
In a podcast summarizing the work group’s recommendations, coauthor Claire Davies reminds clinicians, “We need to be aware that none of the diagnostic criteria are perfect in their diagnostic accuracy, especially [in] patients that fall just under or over a cut point. These [patients] have the potential to be misclassified. Also, the clinical presentation of lymphedema should influence the selection of diagnostic tool, as some measures … are more accurate in the early stage.”
Physical therapists need to tailor the diagnostic approach to each patient. For example, Davies told PT in Motion News, “in some groups with early or subclinical lymphedema, volume measures may not be sensitive enough to diagnose and/or assess extracellular fluid. As tissue changes occur with later stage lymphedema, volume may be increased, yet measures of extracellular tissue fluid may not be as accurate due to fibrotic changes.”
Authors of the CPG “encourage clinicians to cluster findings from their examination,” using the most appropriate tests recommended for each of the clinical presentations, to draw a conclusion on diagnosis.
In her podcast, Davies ends “with a call for research.” Among their recommendations, authors of the CPG urge “further psychometric testing of the tools currently being used to assess and diagnose [secondary upper quadrant lymphedema].” They point out the need for research that examines diagnostic criteria at different stages of this condition. Further research should examine what “combination of history, symptoms, and other measurements” is “most accurate” for diagnosis, they state.
Research-related stories featured in PT in Motion News are intended to highlight a topic of interest only and do not constitute an endorsement by APTA. For synthesized research and evidence-based practice information, visit the association’s PTNow website.
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