Cancer is a very prevalent condition with frequent disabling complications. This pre-course will focus on the physiatrist's pivotal role in cancer rehabilitation, employing an impairment focused framework, which facilitates the application of learning goals across a wide range of oncologic conditions, settings of care, and phases of disease. While rehabilitation principles for individuals with cancer, including cancer survivors, fall solidly within the scope of usual PM&R practice, this pre-course will emphasize the evaluation and management of clinical conditions that are most highly associated with cancer diagnoses, and those in which the oncology context highly informs PM&R evaluation and decision making, allowing attendees to deepen their ability and confidence in treating this population.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate and manage cancer patients based on their impairment(s), including musculoskeletal and soft tissue syndromes; neurological manifestations; cognitive, communication and psychological effects; and conditions affecting global physical performance.
  • Delineate the physiatrist’s important role in cancer rehabilitation service delivery, as distinct from, while working closely with, oncology personnel and other members of the rehabilitation team.
  • Learn strategies to strengthen the overall approach to providing cancer rehabilitation care, including communication techniques, dealing with medical complexity, prehabilitation, and emerging options for screening and surveillance of patients.