Oncology PT Special Interest Groups
A benefit of being a member of the Oncology Section is being able to join a Special Interest Group. The purpose of a SIG is to provide educational resources and networking to Section members, develop and recommend practice standards related to each area, and to promote research and evidenced-based practice.
Special Interest Groups
Physical therapists work with the medical team, individuals and the community to prevent or minimize HIV-related limitations in functional activities and participation in social, work and community roles. The Special Interest Group on HIV / AIDS disseminates information and fosters collaboration among physical therapy professionals about the treatment of HIV-related impairments and functional limitations.
Hospice and Palliative Care
Physical therapists in a broad variety of settings, from acute care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, out-patient, to home health and hospice, may encounter patients with life limiting conditions. As part of the care team, we offer interventions and treatment to maximize function, comfort and quality of life.
Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment impacting many survivors. The Lymphedema SIG serves to help disseminate information for physical therapists working with the lymphedema patients, through related literature, updates on lymphedema legislation and shared information between therapists experienced in treating the condition. Our common purpose is to enhance the quality of life of the lymphedema patients that we treat.
Pediatric oncology is a growing field within the physical therapy profession. Children who are treated for cancer are at risk for impairments of all body systems directly related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Physical therapists have an important role in identifying impairments and providing evidence-based assessments and interventions to improve a child’s motor skills, cardiovascular endurance, and activity participation.