The ever increasing population of oncology survivors yield merit to the idea that cancer is not an acute disease, but rather, together with the treatment side effects, is a chronic condition that must be managed. As rehab and allied health professionals, we owe it to our clients to stay on top of current research and trends. Stage four cancer no longer means therapy discontinues and the patient goes on hospice, more often than not, that patient will live an active life for years and needs knowledgeable professionals to mitigate physical symptoms from the treatment allowing them to do so. This course will give you the confidence to safely treat your current oncology patients and survivors optimal quality of life. Description of Learning Objectives: 1. Interpret the surgical procedure and previous or ongoing treatment of an oncology care patient and how it relates to progress in our rehab protocols, special focus will be on types of oncological breast surgeries and types of reconstruction 2. Obtain a working knowledge of cancer pathogenesis, tumor and disease identification 3. Evaluate chemotherapy agents and their side effects and complications including chemo induced neuropathy, chemo brain, fatigue, and myelosuppression 4. Establish treatment protocols including exercise based on ACSM guidelines with the ability of the patient to progress on their own long term; soft tissue work and other manual techniques to restore ROM, strength and thus function. Both aspects of rehab will lend to the patient feeling whole and indirectly aid in restoring mental and emotional health 5. Gain the ability to properly utilize functional outcomes measures using ICF classifications, extensive assessment tools and appropriate G-codes, CPT codes and ICD-10 codes in documentation 6. Discover patient education techniques related to self soft-tissue mobilization, exercise, chemotherapy side-effect compensation, and other needs of oncology care patients with significant lab time for K-taping, neural gliding, axillary web syndrome and more. 7. Relate the basic anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system to that of a patient in oncology care. Understand how lymphedema may impact their functional limitations and what to do to help them reach their full rehab potential 8. Understand the gold standards in lymphatic/lymphedema care in a patient that has had lymph node removal or impairment, with significant lab time 9. Recognize the physical and psychosocial implications of cancers involving bowel, bladder, and reproductive organs, how this impacts their functional gains and how to best treat 10. Round table discussion with current research on other related topics of interest submitted within 30 days of course.
Stacey Scanlon & Susan Isaac
Monarch Continuing Education
About the Instructor
Susan Isaac, PTA, CLT-LANA, is a 1998 graduate of Midway College. In 2002 Susan took her initial lymphedema training and has since amassed additional hours of specialty training in lymphedema therapy. Susan has focused on patient treatment and educating the medical community on lymphatic disorders and patient treatment throughout her career. Currently practicing in a hospital-based outpatient lymphedema and wound clinic, she is developing an oncology rehabilitation program with a focus on lymphedema. Susan joined Monarch Continuing Education as an instructor in 2017. Her professional memberships include APTA 1998 to present; Oncology Section APTA to present; National Lymphedema Network; and PTA Special Interest Group KPT.
Stacey Scanlon OTR/L, OCC, CLT-LANA, graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2011. She was trained with Monarch Continuing Education in 2017 and began building her professional practice around lymphedema therapy and related disorders. Stacey became Monarch’s Director of Education and lead instructor in 2020. She currently practices as a CLT on a consultative basis, but spends most of her professional time supporting Monarch graduates and adding to/ developing content for CE courses.