Continuing Education Courses > Oncology and the Male 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 pelvic cancers on health and quality of life in our male patients, and an insight into the important role we play as members of the oncology multidisciplinary healthcare team. Many pelvic rehabilitation practitioners have developed expert skills in evaluation and treatment of pelvic dysfunctions, including musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Oncology-related dysfunctions create unique challenges including injury to the lymphatic system, anatomical excistions 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 male pelvic cancers, and will also appreciate the long-term implications of these treatments, especially pelvic floor and lymphatic function, cancer-related fatigue and bone density issues. Common male pelvic cancers including prostate, testicular, penile, bladder, and colorectal cancer will be covered. The therapist will better understand the valuable role that she plays as a front line member of the healthcare team, not only towards primary care of the musculoskeletal system, but also 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 male 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 bladder, colorectal and male reproductive cancers.
2. Describe the role of the therapist as a frontline member of the oncological healthcare team.
3. Perform manual therapy techniques to enhance the function of the pelvic and lower extremity lymphatic systems.
4. Identify the early signs and symptoms of lower extremity and genital 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 pelvic oncology survivor, inclusive of pelvic floor dysfunction/ pelvic pain, and with respect to the systemic effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
6. Describe challenges to a cancer survivor’s sexual function and be able to offer treatment strategies for same.
7. Identify and recognize some early signs and symptoms of bladder, colorectal and male reproductive 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.
8:30 Lecture: Overview of male reproductive cancers: prostate, testicular and penile
9:30 Lecture: Treatment options: local – surgery, regional – radiation, systemic – chemotherapy, hormonal & targeted therapies
8:00 review, Q and A, preview
1:30 Lecture: Exercise prescription & precautions for the oncology patient: pelvic floor issues, erectile dysfunction, core stability/ lumbo-pelvic pain, CRF, bone density issues
Thank you for a great exercise. Learned a lot that I can use immediately.
-Maureen Etchells, GCS, PT - Northampton, MA
Excellent course for any PT - don't have to be a "pelvic PT" to benefit from the course. Orthopedic therapists can gain a lot of knowledge from this course.
-Kristin Detwiler, DPT, OCD, BCB-PMD Redondo Beach, CA
Perfect class that addresses assessment and effective therapies with emphasis on empowering the client with self therapy and at-home exercise program.
-Anaeva Padro, PT Ponoma, CA
One of the best Herman Wallace courses I have attended. Michelle does an excellent job presenting a complex and emotional topic-cancer. This course has given me the confidence to treat men with pelvic floor dysfunction and related issues. I have learned a ton of treatment techniques that I can take to the clinic Monday. Thank you.
-Christine Eardley, PT Grand Rapids, MI
It exceeded my expectations with strong evidence-based treatments of male oncology. She is highly knowledgeable and through provocative intervention.
-Kim Van Liempd, Orlando, FL