|Price: $650.00 (Early Registrant Price $625.00)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 18.5 hours
There are over 15 million cancer survivors in the United States. As advancements in care and early diagnosis improves this is expected to increase to over 20 million survivors in the next 10 years. The continuum of care for cancer patients ideally begins at diagnosis. The rehabilitation professional is an integral part of the oncology team that will work with the patient throughout treatment and into survivorship. In this two and a half day continuing education course, participants will learn topics that will prepare them to be part if the interdisciplinary oncology team. Topics will include the basics of cancer: terminology, staging, medical treatment, and the sequelae of these medical treatments.
The course will address rehabilitation of a cancer patient addressing issues that are commonly seen such as cardiotoxicity, peripheral neuropathy, and radiation fibrosis. Treatment techniques will be instructed throughout the course that will develop the participant’s clinical skills including manual techniques, exercise prescription, balance training, and specific taping techniques. Some holistic medicine topics, including yoga and mindfulness, will be discussed in order to fully prepare the participant to be able to competently work with cancer survivors.
Basics of the lymphatic system will be covered, as well as when to refer the patient to a lymphatic specialist for further treatment. Red flags and warning symptoms will be discussed so the participant feels comfortable with knowing when to refer the patient back to their medical provider for further assessment.
This course is the first in a series. The two follow-on courses will address in-depth pelvic cancers. This introductory course is aimed to get the participant comfortable with working with oncology patients and as part of an interdisciplinary oncology team.
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.
Following the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe components of the Commission on Cancer’s guidelines for rehabilitation programs.
2. Correctly articulate common terminology used in oncology medical care such as biopsy, margins, tumor markers, metastatic, in-situ, benign, and remission among others.
3. Describe oncological staging systems used medicine.
4. Describe medical treatment options for cancer patients.
5. Describe common sequelae patients can suffer from due to medical treatment for cancer.
6. Demonstrate manual techniques for fibrotic and adhered tissues in a safe and gentle manner.
7. Appraise symptoms and recognize red flags for cancer patients, and be aware of when to immediately refer the patient back to medical provider.
8. Analyze a case study and develop plan of care for rehabilitation including treatment techniques and home program recommendations.
9. Develop appropriate exercise progressions for patients suffering from sequelae of cancer treatment such as cardiotoxicity, and peripheral neuropathy.
8:00 Review and questions from day 1
8:00 Review and questions from day 2