Pelvic Floor Intervention Strategies for Urogenital and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 14 million Americans with a previous cancer diagnosis are living in the United States. That number is expected to grow to nearly 19 million by 2024. People are living longer after a cancer diagnosis because of advances in early detection and treatment. About two out of every three people diagnosed with cancer are expected to live at least five years after diagnosis. Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, and psychosocial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Pelvic physical therapists play an important role in the multidisciplinary treatment of the long-term sequelae of intervention for urogenital cancers.
In defining quality cancer care, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) believes that cancer patients should have access to care that adheres to practice guidelines and evidence-based standards of care, comprehensive cancer care that assures proper treatment of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, coordinated care with strong communication among all the providers and the patient, and honest discussion with their physicians regarding prognosis, the intent of therapy and the patient’s values and preferences regarding care. With this in mind, this course will provide the basis for pelvic physical therapy interventions within the context of urogenital cancers. We will also discuss the impact on the pelvic floor related to breast cancer treatments.
Contact hours: 8
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:
- Describe the various cancers affecting the urogenital region in both men and women
- Identify the various medical treatment options available to patients, current clinical research into new therapeutic agents and technologies, and the sequelae on the pelvic floor as a result of treatment
- Describe the role a pelvic floor health PT might play on the multidisciplinary team in the care of these patients
- Describe the various pelvic physical therapy interventions available for patients with urogenital cancers and for breast cancer survivors with changes in the pelvic floor structures
- Develop strategies to include pelvic physical therapists in the critical pathway of treatment for the patient with urogenital and breast cancers
- Understand the use of functional outcome measures for documentation related to pelvic floor impairments in cancer survivors
- Day 1: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST/US)*
- Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break
What is included:
- 8 hours of live instruction in webinar format
- Electronic course materials (12-month access)
- Multiple-choice question exam and survey (30 days to complete after the course)
- Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam)
- Eligiblity: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 2nd Year and 3rd Year Student Physical Therapists. This course is designed to target physical therapy practitioners and students who are interested in advancing their understanding of urogenital cancers and their therapeutic skills with the oncology population. The format is lecture and discussion. There is no lab component. An extensive reference list will be provided in the manual. There will be a short post-course exam.
- Pre-requisites: At least a successful completion of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course.
- Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours will occur for participants who leave the course early.
- Lab Participation: There is no lab component to this course. The course consists of only lecture.
- Equipment: Computer, access to Zoom, a stable internet connection, microphone, and webcam.
Mary Jane “MJ” Strauhal, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD
“Very thorough. Greatly enjoyed the case studies and thought they were an excellent addition to the course.”
“I really enjoyed the presentation. I thought the interactive portions were extremely beneficial.”
“All of the information was very interesting and applicable.”
“I enjoyed the inter-mixed case studies incorporated into the class for real-world application as well as stimulating thoughtful discourse. Would recommend this course to other professionals within the field with no hesitation.”
“MJ was very down to earth and knowledgeable.”
“Fabulous instructor! I always love taking MJ’s courses. I really like the way she opened up the opportunity for conversation among the participants multiple times to allow everyone to share their knowledge/expertise to facilitate learning for everyone.”