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 specialists practicing in oncology seek to improve overall function of individuals they serve. The pair of studies by Boyd, et al., show that the mental load of understanding our body in space (working body schema) is greater among women treated for breast cancer. This foundational research provides a basis to explore how working body schemas may impact functional abilities post cancer treatment, which can drive new interventions to treat the impairments faced by this population (see the OncoReads offerings on these studies). Understanding the course of cancer-related fatigue during an exercise program is important for clinicians in prescribing, monitoring, and progressing programs. The study by Marker, et al provides this reference to which active participants can be compared, while the commentary by Hidde and colleagues (featured as a Rehab Onc Podcast) as well as the Research Roundup by Chongaway and Doherty discuss high intensity interval training for individuals with cancer. Lastly, in an effort to provide essential clinical tools for rehabilitation specialists, Rehabilitation Oncology will only accept systematic reviews that incorporate bias assessment into the conclusions and recommendations of the review; see the Editor’s Message and Instructions for Authors for details.
- Editor-in-Chief, Mary Insana Fisher, PT, PhD
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.
Rehabilitation Oncology Journal Podcast: The official podcast of Rehabilitation Oncology, the Journal of APTA Oncology. New episodes released with every issue!
Now available for streaming on Spotify! Follow the podcast on Spotify and stay tuned to our social media to be alerted when new episodes are available.
- Professional Roles of Oncologic Specialist Physical Therapists in the United States (36:13) – Dr. Nicole Stout
- Association of Outpatient Cancer Rehabilitation With Patient-Reported Outcomes and Performance-Based Measures of Function (26:04) – Dr. Mackenzi Pergolott
- Translating Evidence into Practice through Knowledge Implementation (24:14) – Elizabeth Campione, Meredith Wampler-Kuhn
- And more!
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.
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.
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.
Want to get involved? Check out APTA Engage for the latest volunteer opportunities within APTA Oncology. Check back often as new opportunities arise!
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.