CLINICAL CONSULTATIONCollaboration Between Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation Programs With Head and Neck PatientsKirschner, Michelle MSN, RN, APRN-BC1; Sherlock, Jill MBA, PT2Author Information 1 University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Barrett Cancer Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA 2 The Daniel Drake Center for Post Acute Care, Cincinnati, OH, USA Correspondence: Michelle Kirschner, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Barrett Cancer Center, 231 Albert Sabin Way, Suite 2005, ML 0662, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0662. E-mail: [email protected] Cite this article as: Kirschner, M. & Sherlock, J. (2018). Collaboration between cancer survivorship and rehabilitation programs with head and neck patients. Rehabilitation Nursing, 43(4), 214–218. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000172 Rehabilitation Nursing: 7/8 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 4 - p 214-218 doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000172 Buy CE Test Metrics Abstract Purpose The purpose of this article is to present an example of collaboration between a cancer survivorship and cancer rehabilitation program at an academic-affiliated hospital. Findings The article demonstrates the process of identifying and treating the surgical and radiation effects experienced by a head and neck cancer survivor. The specific roles of the advanced practice nurse and the physical therapist in assessing, identifying and treating cancer treatment-effects such as lymphedema and orthopedic problems are highlighted. Conclusion The survivorship visit is an opportunity to identify treatment-related effects amenable to rehabilitation and to refer head and neck cancer survivors to physical therapy for further evaluation and treatment. Clinical Implication Collaboration between nurses and physical therapists engaged in survivorship care can provide an effective and efficient pathway to improved functional outcomes for cancer survivors. Copyright © 2018 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.