July 2017 - Volume 35 - Issue 3

  • 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.​

The theme for this issue continues the focus on translating knowledge to practice. This issue begins with an important milestone for the Oncology Section as we continue to translate research to practice and add to our evidence for practice – publication of the section’s first clinical practice guideline (CPG). This is a joint publication with the Physical Therapy Journal. You will find the executive summary of the CPG in the print version of the journal and the complete guideline and supplemental materials online on the journal homepage. There is a companion article that describes the CPG process and how a CPG may be implemented in clinical practice The authors are providing two podcasts for the CPG of about 5-10 minutes each: 1) Describes the background, need for CPGs, and how the authors constructed the CPG (Laura Gilchrist), and 2) CPG Recommendations (Claire Davies). Thank you to all the CPG hard working authors. As usual the journal podcasts are found on the journal homepage and on iTunes.

Next-up are two EDGE systematic reviews from CSM 2016 as they add to our evidence for practice and further research on this intervention: “Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Urogenital Cancer Outcomes: Clinical Measures of Lymphedema - A Systematic Review”, Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Urogenital Cancer: A Systematic Review of Clinical Measures for Incontinence, and “Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Cancer: A systematic review of patient-reported measures for sexual dysfunction.” That is just the beginning of your summer reading as the RESEARCH REPORT address an area of research and practice that needs and deserves more attention, “A Descriptive Report of Early Mobilization for Critically Ill Ventilated Patients with Cancer”.  Steve Morris in this issue’s Presidential Perspective aptly highlighted this area of practice as critically important for the patients we serve. The RESEARCH ROUND–UP reviews important contributions to our literature during 2016 from CSM 2017 as the “Year in review”  presented by Cynthia Barbee while the CLINICAL CONVERSATION addresses an important topic; “Documenting Medical Necessity for Palliative Care and Degenerative or Chronic Conditions“.  For those of you who missed this the first time around 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 part of our new collaboration with the newsletter, Oncology Times, is reprinted in the eNewsletter May 11th issue as an important and hot topic.  This articles has a companion five minute podcast you may find on the Rehabilitation Oncology homepage or in iTunes.  Look for continued collaboration with Oncology Times which goes out to almost 4,300 oncology nurses, physicians and pharmacists.

Please know that your responses to the reader’s survey have informed the direction of the journal and future plans, and do not hesitate to contact me with any additional feedback you have for the journal at cpfalzer@umich.edu​

Lastly, do not forget to check for epubs ahead- of- print on the journal homepage, or the collections on the homepage to speed up you literature searches. It was wonderful to see many of you at PT Next.  Keep your contributions to our knowledge base and evidence for practice coming and thank you to all the contributors to the journal. I look forward to hearing from you.  Enjoy your summer time reading.


Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD
Editor