The Benefits of Physical Therapy During Breast Cancer Treatment

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NORWELL, Mass.May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Physical Therapy and Wellness News . . .

Breast cancer treatment can often include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and while these methods are necessary for healing, they can still cause some adverse side effects that leave an impact on the patient’s function long after treatment ends.  Fortunately, some of these resulting symptoms can be treated effectively with physical therapy, helping to improve the patient’s quality of life.  Some of the most common issues seen in physical therapy after breast cancer treatment are a decrease in shoulder range of motion and strength on the surgical side, reduced aerobic capacity, and lymphedema. 

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Due to the increasing role of physical and occupational therapy in working with cancer survivorship, we have developed a series of courses for 2014 to help new and seasoned therapists advance their skills.

Evidence Based Cancer Rehabilitation and it’s Role in Cancer Survivorship
Lisa VanHoose. PhD, PR, CLT-LANA, CKTP

Advances in the medical management of cancer have steadily increased survival rates. Research shows that most cancer survivors will have at least one physical side effect of cancer treatment, including fatigue, neuropathy, muscle weakness, and balance deficits. This interactive course will provide evidence-based tools and strategies for the care of patients with diverse cancer types across the cancer continuum. The course will also address functional outcome measures and reimbursement concerns. Participants will apply the latest knowledge about pathology and medical management of cancer to the therapy program. Participants will also learn to efficiently utilize the multiple internet resources to develop an evidence-based rehabilitation plan, while addressing current reimbursement requirements from Medicare and private insurance companies. 

July 18-19, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
October 18-19, 2014 – Freehold, NJ