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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

April 2021 – Volume 39 – Issue 2

Person-first language began out of the People First movement. This movement sought to change attitudes toward individuals with developmental disabilities, who many believed were not capable of participating in the community the way individuals without developmental disabilities could. Advocates for recognizing those with developmental disabilities as people with rights met at the 1974 People First Conference, and Valerie Schaaf, an individual with a developmental disability, memorably commented, “…label jars, label streets, but don’t label persons.” In the context of developmental disabilities, the movement was critical in the promotion of changing how decisions were made for this group of individuals and recognizing their rights.

Rehabilitation Oncology will now require that all manuscripts use person-first language, honoring the individuals who have cancer or chronic disease as people with rights who deserve respect. This will take some time to implement, as the manuscripts in this issue and subsequent issues have already been published online first (published ahead of print). As we move forward, our Instructions for Authors will be updated to reflect this change, and any manuscript accepted after peer review but not yet published will be edited to reflect person-first language. Look for these changes to roll out over the next year.

Our important policy change aligns with the nearly half a century of progress made toward recognizing people first. The individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer are people, just like you and me, who continue to live with and beyond their medical condition.

– Editor, Mary Insana Fisher, PT, PhD


© 2020 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA.


Missing rehab due to COVID-19 increased distress in women with breast cancer

October 2020’s COVID-19 Special Issue of Rehabilitation Oncology features an important Research Report that addresses the Effect of Disrupted Rehabilitation Services on Distress and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This report is receiving deserved attention. You can also read Wolters Kluwer’s press release here.

Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG): Interventions for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema now available!

This CPG is the culmination of significant efforts by several APTA Oncology members and we recognize the authors: Claire Davies, PT, PhD, Kimberly Levenhagen, PT, DPT, Kathryn Ryans, PT, DPT, Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT, MS, and Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD. We also thank all APTA Oncology members who provided critical feedback during the development of the CPG.

The full CPG is now available (open access as of 7/1/2020) via PT Journal. APTA Oncology members can access an executive summary of the CPG in the latest issue of Rehabilitation Oncology. You can also read APTA’s press release here.

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.

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.

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