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.

Upcoming Webinar: Cancer, Cognition, and Physical Function

The Balance and Falls SIG is teaming up with its counterparts in the Academies of Neuro and Geriatric PT to host this 1-hour webinar on May 18th at 8PM EST. Jennifer Blackwood PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy will present research describing relationships between physical and cognitive function in older adults with a history of cancer.

The webinar will be $10 for current Balance and Falls SIG members, $30 for general admission, and FREE for students. Learn more by clicking here, and register for the webinar HERE.


APTA Oncology Mentorship Program

We are delighted to announce that Alexandra Hill, the APTA Oncology Centennial Scholar, is developing a formal mentorship program where a direct connection will be made between students and new professionals, and oncology rehab professionals through a carefully selected process.

Our goal is to provide an educational and growing platform where future practitioners are enriched with the knowledge of experts. Mentors are required to be APTA Oncology members and practicing in oncologic PT for at least one year, which includes those who have completed residency. If you are interested in becoming a mentor with our Mentorship Program, please click HERE to submit your information. Deadline for expressing interest is June 1, 2021.

Regional Courses

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Meet a Member

Emma Schaberg O'Brien, PT, DPT, CLT

Meet Emma, recent graduate and Chair of our Student & New Professional Subcommittee!

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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