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Pediatric Oncology Rehabilitation

Ness, Kirsten PT, PhD, FAPTA

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doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000046
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This winter issue is a special issue focused on Pediatric Oncology Physical Therapy and Cancer Rehabilitation. This issue highlights new evidence for pediatric practice in our field. There is little peer-reviewed evidence for practice and resources available for pediatric oncology physical therapists. This special is issue intended to help address this concern. You will find 5 original research reports in this issue to add to evidence for practice in pediatric oncology physical therapy and cancer rehabilitation in the peer-reviewed literature, titled: (1) “Safety of Symptom-Based Modification of Physical Therapy Interventions in Pediatric Oncology Patients With and Without Low Blood Counts”; (2) “Motion Analysis of a Jumping Task in Childhood Leukemia Survivors”; (3) “Results of a Pilot Yoga Intervention to Improve Pediatric Cancer Patients' Quality of Life and Physical Activity and Parents' Well-being”; (4) “Description of a Community-Based Exercise Program for Children With Cancer: A Sustainable, Safe, and Feasible Model”; and (5) “Feasibility and Functional Outcomes of Children and Adolescents Undergoing Chemotherapy While Awaiting a Limb-Sparing Procedure or Amputation.”

The Research Round-up column by me continues the focus on pediatric oncology rehabilitation where I review the research reports in this special issue and identify gaps in the research in pediatric oncology rehabilitation and appeal for research collaboration.

This issues Clinical Conversation column contributed by representatives of the Pediatric Oncology SIG, Noel Spina and Leesha Augustine, titled “Creating a Culture of Mobility: Hospital-Based Pediatric Oncology Considerations,” addresses a critical issue for physical therapists and continues the focus on pediatric oncology rehabilitation.

From the Oncology Section are the results of the 2017 elections and Section Awards given at CSM 2017. If you attended CSM, you heard the update on clinical specialization, the EDGE Task Force, Clinical Practice Guidelines, excellent educational programming and research presentations, and the opportunity to network with other oncology physical therapists.

If you are have not visited the journal home page, now is a great time to do so—check out the new podcasts from the journal and most importantly the first clinical practice guideline issued from the section focused on lymphedema. The entire guideline and guideline summary are on the journal home page and the guideline summary will be in the next print issue of the journal.

Finally, the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) guidelines and checklist for authors was added to the CONSORT 2010 requirements for reporting clinical trials and intervention studies and provides revised instructions for authors that will be used going forward in this journal. To learn more about these guidelines, go to and to access the TIDieR checklists as a Word Doc or pdf go to

© 2017 Oncology Section, APTA.