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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation - Philadelphia, PA - May 16-17, 2020 (Rescheduled)

Update 04/07/2020: As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, this course has been postponed. Once we have a new date confirmed, we will update our website and make the event available for registration. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please practice good hygiene, and be safe!

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

This is a two day continuing education course in which participants will gain the medical knowledge necessary to work as a competent member of an oncology team. The therapist will have a basic understanding of diagnostic tests, medical and surgical interventions to provide appropriate and optimal therapeutic interventions for breast cancer patients. The therapist will understand signs and symptoms of breast cancers to serve as early interventionists as well as provide education regarding prevention and wellness.

Chemotherapy, radiation and pharmaceutical side effects will be discussed as well as expected outcomes in order for the therapist to determine appropriate therapeutic parameters. Participants will expand their knowledge of manual therapy techniques, exercise program development for cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and lymphatic health. Recognition of early warning signs of lymphedema will be presented in order to recognize when a referral to a lymphedema specialist is warranted.



This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.


Watch "Cancer Staging & Screening" & "Medical Management" (emailed a week before the course)

What to bring:

Yoga Mat


Required Readings:
1. Lymphedema: A Comprehensive Review
2. NIH PDQ for Breast Cancer Screening
3. NIH PDQ for Breast Cancer Treatment


Day One:

8:00 Objectives/Introduction
8:30 Introduction to the Prospective Surveillance Model
9:00 Cancer Staging and Screening
10:00 Break
10:15 Surgeries Lecture
11:15 Surgeries Lab Lecture and group consultation
12:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 Shoulder Dysfunction & Lymphatic Cording lecture
2:30 Lymphatic cording Lab
3:00 Break
3:15 Post-mastectomy Pain Syndrome
4:15 Finish:Review
4:30 Adjourn



Day Two:

8:00 Lymphedema Lecture
9:30 Break
9:45 Lymphedema Lab lecture
10:15 Lymphedema Lab practicum
11:00 Medical Management for Breast Cancer; Chemo, radiation, hormones
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 Side Effects Part 1: Cardiotoxicity, fatigue and peripheral neuropathy
2:00 Side Effects Part 1 Lab
2:30 Break
2:45 Side Effects Part 2: Osteoporosis, joint arthralgias and dyspareunia
3:45 Finish: Test and Review
4:15 Adjourn



Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Voice understanding of the prospective surveillance model as well as benefits and challenges of implementation for the oncologic team.
2. Identify breast anatomy, including muscles, connective tissue, and lymphatic supply.
3. Discuss the diagnosis, medical management and outcomes associated with breast cancers.
4. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the pathophysiology of lymphedema through subjective interview and perform a baseline evaluation.
5. Educate the patient on risk factors associated with lymphedema and preventative measures.
6. Perform manual therapy interventions for lymphatic cording and rheudementary manual lymph drainage techniques for stage 0-1 lymphedema.
7. Identify common impairments associated with mastectomy, lymph node dissection and reconstruction.
8. Design an appropriate exercise program for patient’s status-post mastectomy, lymph node dissection and reconstruction.
9. Design an appropriate exercise program for a patient with fatigue or cardiotoxicity secondary to chemotherapy.
10. Discuss the side effects of chemotherapy and hormone therapy for breast cancer as it relates to bone and joint health as well as sexual function.
11. Design an appropriate exercise program for a breast cancer survivor with osteoporosis, cardiotoxity and peripheral neuropathy secondary to oncologic medical interventions.

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Chestnut Hill Hospital

8835 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Recommended Lodging

Chestnut Hill Hotel

8229 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Nearest Airport

Philadelphia International Airport
Airport Code: PHL

8000 Essington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19153


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)


Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS

Susannah Haarmann

Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2003. In 2007 she attended North Georgia College and State University obtaining a masters degree in Physical Therapy. Before focusing her attention on the practice of women’s health, Susannah became a well-rounded therapist working in various settings from acute care to outpatient manual therapy. She completed a residency in women’s health at Duke University in 2012 and currently treats the women’s health, lymphedema and orthopedic populations at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Susannah’s passion for improving quality of life in cancer thrivers shows in her dedication to oncology rehabilitation program development at Mission Hospital and sharing her knowledge with other therapists via the course ‘Rehabilitation for the Breast Cancer Patient.’ Outside of being a dedicated therapist, Susannah enjoys travelling, the arts and is an outdoorswoman.


Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code 2020Student. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".