Welcome to APTA Oncology

APTA Oncology advances physical therapist practice to maximize the lifelong health, well-being and function of persons affected by cancer and HIV.

Knowledge, Compassion, Practice, Results

APTA Oncology consists of professional physical therapists managing the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary and cardiopulmonary rehabilitative needs of patients who are living with and beyond cancer and other chronic illnesses such as HIV.

April Issue of Rehabilitation Oncology Makes Call for Person-First Language

In her Editor’s Message, Dr. Mary Fisher makes a call for person-first language. This issue features a review of mobility measures among older cancer survivors,  a look at long-term functional outcomes among young adult survivors of childhood tumors, a biopsychosocial exploration of the PT experience among people living with lymphedema, a systematic review of reported barriers to exercise adherence among patients with breast cancer, and more.

Visit our Publications page for access to the issue.

Needed: Item writers for the Oncologic Specialist Certification Exam

The University of Michigan-Flint will host the Virtual Oncologic Physical Therapist Certification Examination Item Writing Workshop, (9:30 am – 5:30 pm) via Zoom on September 25, 2021. The item writing workshops are a great way to engage and to learn about constructing good test questions. If you’re interested in item writing for the Oncologic Physical Therapist Clinical Specialist Certification Examination, please consider attending the Oncologic Virtual Item Writing Workshop. If you attend this workshop you are not prevented from sitting for the specialist examination. Please RSVP or Send Questions to: Jackie Drouin, PT, PhD, Item Review Coordinator, Oncology Specialty Council

Regional Course: Exercise Guidelines for Individuals with Cancer

We are excited to announce that we are offering an in-person regional course, taught by immediate past president, Steve Morris, PT, PhD, on November 13, 2021 in Grand Rapids, MI.

This course will address issues including why exercise interventions are needed, how to safely implement exercise programs, and how to assess changes in fitness in this population. The course includes a lab component which provides attendees with hands on instruction in both assessment of exercise capacity and the application of exercise training methodologies. Click HERE to learn more and register today.

Regional Courses


2021sat13nov8:00 am5:00 pmExercise Training Guidelines for Individuals With Cancer – Grand Rapids, MIMary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Professional Building Meijer Conference Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 350 Lafayette Ave SEEvent Type :Academy Courses

Meet a Member

Andréa Leiserowitz, PT, DPT, CLT, Board Certified Specialist in Oncologic PT

Meet Andréa, APTA Oncology's Public Relations Chair!

Join the APTA Oncology ListServ

APTA Oncology's General Listerv is a very productive messaging system for answering your practice and payment questions. In addition, we maintain specialized listservs for our special interest groups.

Member Awards

Know of a member who deserves recognition? Nominate them for an APTA Oncology Member Award! Deadline: October 1

Join the APTA Oncology ListServ

APTA Oncology's General Listerv is a very productive messaging system for answering your practice questions. In addition, we maintain specialized listservs for our special interest groups.

Resource Guide for Specialization

This document, prepared by APTA Oncology, is designed to help you in your preparation for the Oncology Specialist Certification Examination.


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Partners Program

Any PT or PTA living in a country other than the US or a healthcare provider from another discipline, not eligible for APTA membership, can take advantage of our membership benefits by becoming a Partner of APTA Oncology.


APTA Engage

Want to get involved? Check out APTA Engage for the latest volunteer opportunities within APTA Oncology. Check back often as new opportunities arise!

Clinical Research Grant

A clinical research grant is available to APTA Oncology members to assist with a one-year research study that investigates a question(s) of importance to adult or pediatric oncology or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) physical therapy.

Internship & Mentor Opportunities

Oncology rehab facilities across the country that are willing to offer clinical affiliations, and mentors who have volunteered to share their time and expertise.

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

APTA Oncology has several course offerings looking for partners to host. Click here to learn more.

Look Inside the Oncology Toolbox

What's in your Physical Therapy Bag of Tricks? Find more and contribute some.

Sign Up to Become a Volunteer

This Academy survives and thrives on it's exceptional line of volunteers. From experienced to clincians; if you want to be a leader, we have a position.

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