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.
This special issue on Oncology Physical Therapy Education marks the 40th year of our journal. APTA Oncology began as a special interest group (Section) of APTA, with our inaugural newsletter published in September 1982 and formal APTA recognition in June 1983. The rationale for the development of our (now) Academy was to “provide a means by which members having a common interest in special areas of physical therapy may meet, confer, and promote the interests of their respective section.” Entering our 40th year of existence, we have not just met and conferred with one another, but we are recognized as a specialty practice by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Sincere thanks to all of our predecessors who have brought us this far; we owe you a debt of gratitude for your vision and foresight. The topic of this special issue appropriately marks the progress we have made so far and provides the genesis for continued excellence for the time to come. The Editorial Board of Rehabilitation Oncology hopes the pieces in this issue provide guidance to and spark ongoing conversation about educating the oncology rehabilitation practitioner.
- 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.