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Editor's Message

Pfalzer, Lucinda (Cindy) PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

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Rehabilitation Oncology: Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 4
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This issue continues the focus on evidence for practice. I will keep this message brief, as you have a jam packed issue full of information that translates to practice by addressing unmet patient informational needs to your needs for better outcome measures and interventions to improve the care you provide. Two more Oncology Section EDGE systematic reviews, health related quality of life (QOL) measures and balance measures, help clinician's select better measures in these two domains. Four research articles address issues in breast cancer survivors with lymphedema assessing functional status, shoulder kinematics, self-care, and informational needs. Another research report assesses a difficult measurement, scapular upward rotation. Lastly, efficacy of a cancer survivorship program on function and QOL is reported. E-published online at the Section's webpage (, “Read the Journal” link as a journal supplement to this issue are the Research Round-up, Clinical Conversations, and the CSM Poster and Platform Abstracts. In the Research Round-up column, Fisher and Harrington address the important issue of patient-reported outcome measures. Clinical Conversations reviews the important relationship between obesity, inflammation, and lymphedema. Read the research abstracts from CSM to see the cutting edge research your colleagues are conducting to enhance our evidence for practice. I challenge all of you to expand evidence-based oncology physical therapy services to those survivors who remain underserved as did your President in her perspectives column.

This issue begins my third year as Editor and 2015 is shaping up to be an excellent year for the journal. Thank you to the Associate Editors, manuscript reviewers, and our publisher, Sharon Klinski, along with all the authors who have improved the quality of the evidence for oncology physical therapy practice in this journal. You have my profound gratitude.

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