Experience Level: Beginner
Format: Remote Course
Contact Hours: 17.5 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 patients with cancer 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 remote 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. Coursework includes prerecorded content, as well as video demonstrations of lab techniques, followed by live remote meetings via Zoom, which is free to download here.
The course will address issues that are commonly seen in a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer such as cardiotoxicity, peripheral neuropathy, and radiation fibrosis. 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. Certified Lympathic Therpaists may skip this course and move on to the level Oncolgoy Level 2A and Level 2B courses. 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.
This course will include a live lab demonstration which can be followed along during the meeting. If participants are able, a live model will allow participants to practice the lab techniques on a human body. If this is not possible, participants may smiply observe. Please have a roll of Kinesotape available for the lab demos.
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.
Pre-Recorded lectures sent out prior to the course (2 hours 45 min)
2:30 Log on, Zoom basics, roll call
3:00 Lab video demo: Abdominal techniques following surgery, Working with scar tissue, and adhesions/fibrosis, Working with the trunk and rib cage (Use live lab model at home, if possible)
Pre-Recorded lectures sent out prior to the course (2 hours 30 min)
3:00 Nutrition for cancer
Remote courses require Zoom video conferencing software. You can create an account and download the software to your computer at https://zoom.us/
We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our start and end times. Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.
A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.
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Instructors - Sides
Amy Sides, DPT, CLT-LANA
Amy Sides, DPT, CLT-LANA has been a physical therapist since 2001 when she received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. She has experience in a variety of settings including pediatrics, acute care, and orthopedic/manual therapy. In 2009 she joined Centura Health Center for Therapy at Parker Adventist Hospital, where she had the opportunity to pursue her interest in women’s health physical therapy. Her treatment focus included bladder dysfunction, pregnancy/post-partum, pelvic ring instability, pelvic pain, utilization of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging, and breast cancer rehab.
Along her journey in treating women’s health she developed a passion for oncology and lymphedema rehabilitation. In 2014 she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), followed by certification in lymphedema by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) in 2017. She currently specializes in oncology rehabilitation, treating the side effects of a variety of cancer diagnoses. She provides community education at support groups, community lectures and hospital-based education programs. She is active in attending bi-monthly Tumor Boards and Breast Cancer Conferences, and is a member of the Cancer Committee and Breast Program Leadership Board at Parker Adventist Hospital. Amy completed a Quality-Improvement Study for the Cancer Committee highlighting the benefits of implementing the Prospective Surveillance Model of Care for breast cancer patients, and has been dedicated to program development of a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive oncology rehabilitation program.
Amy lives in the Denver metro area with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with them in the mountains camping, hiking, mountain biking and skiing.
Instructor - Ariail
Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD, PRPC
Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD has been a physical therapist since 1999. She graduated with a BS in physical therapy from the University of Florida and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2007. Also in 2007, Dr. Ariail qualified as a Certified Lymphatic Therapist. She became board certified by the Lymphology Association of North America in 2011, and board certified in Biofeedback Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in 2012. In 2014, Allison earned her board certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Allison specializes in treatment of the pelvic ring and back using manual therapy and ultrasound imaging for instruction in a stabilization program. She also specializes in women’s and men’s health including conditions of chronic pelvic pain, bowel and bladder disorders, and coccyx pain. Lastly, Allison has a passion to help oncology patients, particularly gynecological, urological, and head and neck cancer patients.
In 2009, Allison collaborated with the Primal Pictures team for the release of the Pelvic Floor DVD program. Allison publications include: “The Use of Transabdominal Ultrasound Imaging in Retraining the Pelvic-Floor Muscles of a Woman Postpartum.” Physical Therapy. Vol. 88, No. 10, October 2008, pp 1208-1217. (PMID: 18772276), “Beyond the Abstract” for Urotoday.com in October 2008, “Posters to Go” from APTA combined section meeting poster presentation in February 2009and 2013. She co-authored a chapter Healing in Urology: Clinical Guidebook to Herbal and Alternative Therapies.
Allison works in the Denver metro area in her practice, Inspire Physical Therapy and Wellness, where she works in a more holistic setting than traditional therapy clinics. In addition to instructing for Herman and Wallace on pelvic floor related topics, Allison lectures nationally on lymphedema, cancer related changes to the pelvic floor, and the sacroiliac joint. Allison serves as a consultant to medical companies, and physicians.
Outside of work, Allison enjoys cooking, reading, exercising and most importantly of all, being a mom! She lives in the Denver metro area with her family.