Continuing Education Courses > Oncology and the Female Pelvic Floor
|Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 14
This is a two day course designed to give the pelvic floor practitioner an understanding of the impact of gynecological cancers on a woman’s health and quality of life, and an insight into the important role we play as members of the gynecological oncology multidisciplinary healthcare team. Many pelvic rehabilitation practitioners have developed expert skills in evaluation and treatment of pelvic dysfunctions, including musculoskeletal conditions and neurological impairments. Oncology-related dysfunctions create unique challenges including injury to the lymphatic system, anatomical excisions or anastamoses, tissue injury from radiation, and systemic issues from chemotherapy. Pelvic rehabilitation providers will find that the contents of this continuing education course prepare the therapist to approach pelvic floor dysfunction with appropriate skills directed towards oncology-related issues.
The therapist will gain an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers, and will also appreciate the long term implications of these treatments, especially pelvic floor & lymphatic function, cancer related fatigue and bone density issues. Common female gynecologic cancers including ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer will be covered. The therapist will better understand the valuable role that they play as a front-line member of the healthcare team, not only towards primary care of the musculoskeletal system, but also as in terms of prevention, self-care, and referral. The lymphatic system will be discussed and specific interventions will be instructed for the lymphatic system including, but not limited to, genital lymphedema. An evidence-based approach for treating cancer-related fatigue and osteopenia/osteoporosis will be instructed.
Throughout this course, strategies for clinical programs and home programs will be developed, so that conditions such as sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain can be effectively treated by the pelvic rehabilitation therapist. The therapist’s repertoire of clinical reasoning, manual therapies and exercise prescription will be developed, along with an exploration of psycho-oncology, especially as it pertains to female sexual function. This course will incorporate lecture, hands-on lab activities, and case examples.
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.
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the diagnosis, treatment and sequelae of treatment of gynecological cancers.
2. Describe the role of the therapist as a front line member of the oncological healthcare team.
3. Perform manual therapy techniques to enhance the function of the lymphatic system.
4. Identify the early signs and symptoms of lymphedema; be able to advise the patient on prevention, self -management and when to seek specialized treatment.
5. Design an appropriate exercise program for the gyn oncology survivor, inclusive of pelvic floor dysfunction/ pelvic pain, and with respect to the systemic effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
6. Identify the challenges to a cancer survivor’s sexual function and be able to offer treatment strategies for same.
7. Recognize some of the early signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers in our role as promoters of pelvic health, and guide our patients towards seeking early intervention.
8. Describe the long-term effects of cancer-related treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
8:00 Review, Q & A, Preview of Day 2
Michelle is a wonderful educator. This is my second course with her. I leave her courses feeling inspired to reach the underserved patient populations with the best treatment practices and an integrative approach to care.
-Sara DelSignore, DPT - Windber, PA
I really enjoyed the course. Michelle's expertise is apparent throughout. She presented useful, immediately applicable information that will help our confidence in expanding our pelvic floor services to the gynecologic/reproductive cancer population.
-Mary Beth Olah, PT, CLT - Waterbury, CT
The course was wonderful and Michelle Lyons was smart, informative, funny and created a perfect learning environment!
-Corey Bindler, DPT, CLT - Brooklyn, NY
This was an awesome course - I learned so much. Everything I learned in this course will help all my patients, not just cancer survivors.
-Kristin Detwiler, DPT, OCS, BCB-PMD - Torrance, CA