What is Oncology Physical Therapy?
Cancer and its treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy, can result in physical impairments. Oncology physical therapy assists individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer to recover from these impairments – and in some cases to help prevent them all together! Our goal, as oncologic physical therapists, is to help you optimize your physical function, independence, and overall quality of life.
No matter what area of the body ails you – neck, shoulder, back, knee – physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life. A physical therapist can help you learn to move without pain, while feeling renewed and ready to move on.
Oncology Patient Fact Sheets
The Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy has developed a series of Oncology PT Fact Sheets. Each fact sheet presents a different aspect of physical therapy treatment for patients with a history of cancer or HIV. These resources are intended to provide information regarding the individual topics and to facilitate discussions with health care providers if necessary – including physical therapists!
The Academy of Oncologic PT, APTA has several course offerings looking for partners to host. The host facility will be chosen based on the guarantee that they can draw a minimum of 20 registrants.
The Academy'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.
Any PT/PTA living in a country other than the US who is not eligible for membership in APTA can take advantage of our membership benefits by becoming a Partner of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy.