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

January 2020 – Volume 38 – Issue 1

To borrow from John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello.” As Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, steps down from the Editor-in-Chief position at Rehabilitation Oncology, a role she has deftly held for the last 6 years, we do not merely answer goodbye in reply, we say thank you.

Thank you for transitioning the journal to a new publisher, with streamlined processes and efficiencies. The Journal has never looked better. Thank you for increasing the number of quality publications. We have more submissions of high-quality research than ever before. These articles are important as we advance oncology rehabilitation to meet the needs of this growing population. Thank you for mentoring—mentoring and guiding a new generation of associate editors and for mentoring and guiding me as I learned the ropes. I only hope that my performance is half as good as yours was. We on the Editorial Board sincerely wish you the best as you try to retire yet again.

And I say hello. I am eager to work with a stellar group of associate editors in bringing the best oncology rehabilitation research to you, our readers, who look to us for the latest information and evidence for practice. Together with the Editorial Board team, we will build on the foundation of our previous editors and continue to elevate the quality of Rehabilitation Oncology. We will work toward developing more tools that you may use to implement evidence into practice and get the answers you need to provide the best care. I hope to meet many of you at CSM in February in Denver, Colorado. I am striving to “Reach a Higher Peak,” and welcome your feedback on the Journal.

This issue is our annual special topics issue, featuring hospice and palliative care, ably guest-edited by Christopher M. Wilson, PT, DPT, DScPT, and Richard Briggs, PT. The role of physical therapy in palliative care and hospice care aligns well with the APTA’s vision—transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. Dr Wilson and Mr Briggs have culled the best research and commentaries related to providing palliative and hospice care within the context of improving the human experience. Kudos to them for the excellent work they did on this issue, and read on for more details.

– Editor, Mary Insana Fisher, PT, PhD


Clinical Practice Guidelines: Interventions for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema from the Academy of Oncologic PT

We would like to thank those who reviewed the CPG and provided feedback. The CPG is now in final revisions and will be submitted for publication soon. Academy initiatives such as this would not be possible without the valuable input from our members.

Stay tuned for updates as this process continues to move forward.

Listen to APTA Oncology Podcasts & Recorded Lectures

Rehabilitation Oncology Journal Podcast: The official podcast of Rehabilitation Oncology, the Journal of APTA Oncology.

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 you just starting out? New and experienced APTA Oncology members can make valuable contributions.

Clinical Internship Opportunities

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

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

APTA Oncology 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.

Member Awards

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

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 specialist 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.

Look Inside the Oncology Toolbox

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