APTA Oncology Special Interest Groups

A benefit of being a member of APTA Oncology is being able to join a Special Interest Group. The purpose of a SIG is to provide educational resources and networking to APTA Oncology members, to develop and recommend practice standards related to each area, and to promote research and evidenced-based practice.

Special Interest Groups

Balance & Falls

The Balance & Falls SIG shall communicate and distribute pertinent information for Physical Therapist (PTs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) and communities we serve, provide networking events, and create educational opportunities for PTs and PTAs whom are interested in balance problems and falls in cancer survivors.

HIV Disease

Physical therapists work with the medical team, individuals and the community to prevent or minimize HIV-related limitations in functional activities and participation in social, work and community roles. The Special Interest Group on HIV / AIDS disseminates information and fosters collaboration among physical therapy professionals about the treatment of HIV-related impairments and functional limitations.

Hospice and Palliative Care

Physical therapists in a broad variety of settings, from acute care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, out-patient, to home health and hospice, may encounter patients with life limiting conditions. As part of the care team, we offer interventions and treatment to maximize function, comfort and quality of life.

Lymphatic Diseases

Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment impacting many survivors. The Lymphatic Diseases SIG serves to help disseminate information for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants working with patients with lymphedema, through related literature, updates on lymphedema legislation and shared information between therapists experienced in treating the condition. Our common purpose is to enhance the quality of life of patients with lymphedema that we treat.


Pediatric oncology is a growing field within the physical therapy profession. Children who are treated for cancer are at risk for impairments of all body systems directly related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Physical therapists have an important role in identifying impairments and providing evidence-based assessments and interventions to improve a child’s motor skills, cardiovascular endurance, and activity participation.


The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) defines residency programs “a post-professional planned learning experience comprised of a curriculum encompassing the essential knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of an advanced physical therapist within a defined area of practice.” The Residency SIG serves to communicate relevant information to PTs, PTAs, and students interested in advanced clinical practice and residency programs in oncologic physical therapy.

Interested in joining an APTA Oncology Special Interest Group (SIG)?