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

October 2019 – Volume 37 – Issue 4

This issue includes the Executive Summary of the second American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM’s) Cancer Roundtable. The Academy and APTA participated in this multidisciplinary, international roundtable. The roundtable produced 3 articles related to cancer, physical activity, and exercise guidelines that mark significant progress in evidence for practice. The executive summary is published along with a podcast on the journal home page; while 2 of the articles are published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (ACSM’s official journal), the third article is published in the American Cancer Society journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. This is a must read for oncologic physical therapists. The rest of this issue is focused on pediatric oncology PT.

Do not forget to check for epubs ahead-of-print on the journal home page or the collections on the home page to speed up your literature searches. Look for the Abstracts of 2020 CSM Research Presentations (Platforms/Posters) as an epub ahead-of-print around December 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. Finally, the fall issue as the last issue of the year is where I get the opportunity to give thanks for the hard work and the dedication of the authors, reviewers, and associate editors, and our publisher. This journal would not exist without your efforts. Thinking of CSM tells me the holidays are around the corner and this is my last issue as editor. Signing off I wish you a wonderful holiday season. I know I leave our journal in good hands. Please welcome your new Editor-in-Chief, Mary Fisher, PT, PhD, board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and certified lymphedema therapist, from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. You may e-mail her at:

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


Invitation to review CPG: Interventions for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema from the Academy of Oncologic PT

We would like to invite you to review the Clinical Practice Guideline: Interventions for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema from the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy from the APTA. We understand reviewing a manuscript such as this takes time, but we hope you can add your voice to this effort.

The purpose of the Clinical Practice Guideline is to:

  1. Describe evidence-based interventions for breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) to reduce volume;
  2. Identify gaps in the literature for intervention for BCRL and secondary upper quadrant lymphedema;
  3. Where evidence is available, make practice recommendations for physical therapists and other healthcare providers, including occupational therapists and physicians, regarding rehabilitation-based interventions to be used for BCRL.

We would appreciate your review of the guideline and feedback, especially on the following questions.

  1. Are there areas of the document that are unclear or need editing?
  2. Do you have any concerns about the recommendations?
  3. Given that the CPG is based on published research, what do you feel are the most important research questions that need to be answered in the next 5 years?

We would be grateful if we could receive your response via email by November 10th 2019. Responses can be directed to me ( or Claire Davies (

Thank you
Laura Gilchrist, on behalf of the CPG workgroup

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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Partners Program

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.

Look Inside the Oncology Toolbox

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