Your Resource for Oncology Information

Rehabilitation Oncology is the primary peer-reviewed, indexed resource for advancing oncologic physical therapy practice and cancer rehabilitation through the dissemination of definitive evidence, translation of clinically relevant knowledge, and integration of theory into education, practice, and research.

Rehabilitation Oncology Journal Collections

April 2019 – Volume 32 – Issue 2

This past November our third reader’s survey was completed and the editorial board reviewed the results. Serendipity is a wonderful thing as the content of this issue addresses some of the feedback we received, such as the desire for more pediatric content, clinical content, and information about guidelines. The President’s Perspective column by Steve Morris kicks off this issue by discussing the 2nd edition of the “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” released by the US Department of Health and Human Services in November. This is the first update to these guidelines since 2008 and Steve provides a companion podcast to the column. The Academy and Journal have made a lot of progress. However, as I was recently reminded, for clinicians, the challenges remain to implement models of care that are more effective and efficient, such as prospective surveillance and prehabilitation. We need all the contributions of our physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to our practice, research and education to continue to “Move Forward.” This issue of the journal has a focus on clinical practice including:

a) 3 pediatrics-related articles including the hot off the press EDGE review on clinical outcome measures of pediatric pain, another article discussing “Screening for Early Childhood Intervention in Oncology” and an article that explores the impact of an exercise physiology intervention among adolescent and young adults diagnosed with cancer;

b) 3 articles related to balance and falls in older cancer survivors with Blackwood’s article and podcast, “Influence of Cognitive Function on Balance, Mobility, and Falls in Older Cancer Survivors”, leading this topic off, along with the digital-only, must-read research round-up and clinical conversation columns,

c) a digital-only case report which addresses differential diagnosis with musculoskeletal complaints,

d) a 10-year follow-up study of upper limb morbidity in patients undergoing a rehabilitation program after breast cancer surgery provides food for thought about late effects and the surveillance needed, and

e) A review of angiosarcomas which are a rarer primary cardiac tumor and the PT management.

In moving toward an online journal, we moved the case reports, clinical conversation and research round-up columns and CSM research abstracts to ONLINE-ONLY (digital) publications. Please access these valuable columns and reports for oncologic physical therapy knowledge translation from the journal home page in the current issue’s Table of Contents (TOC including a case report entitled, “Differential Diagnosis: Orthopedic Injury or Oncologic Process- A Case Report”; the Research Round-up and Clinical Conversation column are must-read clinical practice contributions from the Academy’s newest SIG, the Balance and Fall SIG. The Research Round-up column addresses “Screening and Examination of Fall Risk in Older Cancer Survivors.” Min Huang is a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and the SIG Secretary. The Clinical Conversation Column is entitled, “The Balance and Falls SIG is Here for You!” from Earllaine Croarkin, SIG Chair, and a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Podcasts related to the journal are located on the podcast tab and we have an excellent podcast with this issue from Jen Blackwood related to the Influence of Cognitive Function on Balance, Mobility, and Falls in Older Cancer Survivors.

I hope you all had or are having wonderful spring breaks – a great time to do some reading in the journal or to do an OncoReads(SM) CEU. Cheers.

– Editor, Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

Do not forget to check for epubs, publications ahead-of-print (PAP), on the journal home page or the “collections” on the home page to speed up your literature searches.

Note: For open access to the Journal, please access the journal via the “For Members” page.

October is PT month and Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The journal is providing free access three articles from 2018: 1. Weiss, et al. Validation of the Lymphedema Life Impact Scale Version 2: A Condition-Specific Measurement Tool for Persons with Lymphedema. 36(1):28-36, 2. Davies, et al. Detecting Change in Activity Using the Patient-Specific Functional Scale with Breast Cancer Survivors. 36(2):117-122, and 3. Forbes, et al. Changes in objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour among breast cancer survivors undergoing treatment In this issue, 36(4) and already available digitally as a publication ahead of print. Share this free information with your non-member colleagues – PTs and PTAs, nurses and physicians.

Do not forget to check for epubs, publications ahead-of-print (PAP), on the journal home page or the “collections” on the home page to speed up your literature searches. Look for the Abstracts of 2019 CSM Research Presentations (Platforms/Posters) as a PAP late fall and consider attending the research platforms at CSM or visit the research posters and speak with the author. Please consider submitting your research and case reports to the journal to continue to move our science and evidence for practice forward. If you are interested in HIV physical therapy and rehabilitation; look for the next issue in late January 2019 with Mary Lou Galantino and Davis Kietrys as guest editors.

Note: For open access to the Journal, please access the journal via the “For Members” page.

Listen to the Academy Podcasts & Recorded Lectures

Rehabilitation Oncology Journal Podcast: The official podcast of the Rehabilitation Oncology Journal for the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

EDGE Annotated Bibliography

As a way to summarize the excellent work and outcomes of our many Oncology EDGE Task Forces, an annotated bibliography has been developed as a quick reference guide. The EDGE findings and recommendations are categorized by diagnosis and/or condition (when not diagnosis-specific). The goal is to promote the utilization of evidence-based outcome measures across settings in order to provide continuity in oncology rehabilitation.

Clinical Research Grants

Are you up on the latest Oncology Physical Therapy research or are your just starting out? New and experienced Academy members can make valuable contributions.

Clinical Internship Opportunities

This list of clinical sites is provided as a service to Academy Members.

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

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.

Academy Member Awards

Know of a PT/PTA professional needing recognition? Here is the place to find out about our Member Awards.

Join the Academy ListServ

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.

Resource Guide for Specialization

This document, prepared by the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, is designed to help you in your preparation for the specialist examination.


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