April 2017 - Volume 35 - Issue 2

  • Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA
  • 2168-3808
  • 2381-2427
  • Quarterly

​​​​Call for Papers

Submit a paper on the topic of Lymphedema Rehabilitation for possible inclusion in a special issue of Rehabilitation Oncology.

Email Nicole Stout, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA (nlstout90@gmail.com) if you are considering a submission.

Manuscripts for this issue need to be submitted by July 31, 2017

Complete details here.​

This issue begins with an important Letter to the Editor, "Clarifications needed for methodology for the study - Results of a Pilot Yoga Intervention to Improve Pediatric Cancer Patients' Quality of Life and Physical Activity and Parents' Well-being" and the primary author response from Dr. Orsey with important discussion of the specifics of the yoga intervention used in the study.  Thank you for that letter and response as they add to our evidence for practice and further research on this intervention.  

The invited COMMENTARY entitled, “Opioid Campaigns’ Impact on Advanced Cancer and Hospice and Palliative Care”, by Dr. Chris Wilson the Hospice and Palliative Care SIG Chair is an important and hot topic, and has a companion five minute podcast​.  The RESEARCH ROUND–UP: “Toward a Research Agenda for Oncology Physical Therapy” from a sub-group of the Research Committee begins the critical task for the section of setting the research agenda for Oncology Physical Therapy while the CLINICAL CONVERSATION: “Effectiveness of Self–Lymphatic Drainage?” from Dr. Lesli Bell, Lymphedema SIG Chair, addresses an important evidence based practice question for the management of lymphedema.  That is just the beginning of your spring reading as the three RESEARCH REPORTS include a broad brush of important contributions to our literature: “Does Psychoeducation Added to Oncology Rehabilitation Improve Physical Activity and Other Health Outcomes? A Systematic Review”, “Effect of Arm Position on Circumference Measurement of Upper Arms in Healthy and in Women With Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema”, “Respiratory Muscle Training Improves Exercise Performance and Quality of Life in Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study”. The CASE REPORT addresses “Stewart-Treves Syndrome in a Patient Following Mastectomy”.

Lastly, looking back and looking forward, the winter issue of 2017 was a special issue focused on Pediatric Oncology Physical Therapy and Cancer Rehabilitation guest edited by Dr. Kiri Ness.  This issue highlights the excellence in evidence for pediatric practice in our field.  You will find six original research reports in this issue and a companion five minute podcast for the article entitled “Safety of symptom-based determination of physical therapy interventions in pediatric oncology patients with and without low blood counts". In the summer issue will be the long awaited first clinical practice guideline related to lymphedema authored by the section which will be a joint publication with the Physical Therapy Journal.  Look for the executive summary of the CPG in the print issue and the complete CPG and a companion article on what is a CPG and how to use a CPG in clinical practice as epubs ahead-of-print sometime in June. The theme of evidence based practice in this summer’s issue will continue with the next systematic reviews from the section’s EDGE Task Force.  

Keep your contributions to our knowledge base and evidence for practice coming and thank you to all the contributors to the journal. It was wonderful to see many of you at CSM. I hope to see many of you at PT NEXT in Boston in June. Enjoy your spring.

Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD