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October 2018 - Volume 36 - Issue 4

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

Rehabilitation Oncology is seeking an Associate Editor for Qualitative Research.

Complete details here

To Apply: Please send a letter detailing your journal/reviewer/ editorial board experience and highlighting qualitative research interests/experience and current CV to the editor, Cindy Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA (email: cpfalzer@umich.edu​).

​​​​​​Call for Papers

Submit a paper on a topic related to rehabilitation in Hospice and Palliative Care for possible inclusion in a special issue of Rehabilitation Oncology.

Please email both Christopher Wilson Jr., PT, DPT, DScPT and Richard Briggs, PT, MA if you are considering a submission to this special issue at: wilson23@oakland.edu and Richard Briggs at hospicept@aol.com.  Dr. Wilson is a board-certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist. ​​

Manuscripts for this issue need to be submitted by June 30, 2019

Complete details here.​​​

October is PT month and Breast Cancer Awareness month. The journal is providing free access to select articles from 2018.

Check out the new opportunity for CEUs with "ONCO Reads" through the APTA learning center in partnership with the journal and Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy. Congratulations to the recipient of the academy's clinical research grant, Chris Barnes, PT, DPT for his proposal "Quality of Life and Physical Function Loss in Rural Lung Cancer Surgery Patients: A Qualitative Study." We look forward to seeing the results of the research in a future publication.

This issue of the journal focuses on physical activity and includes five original research articles, four with a focus on physical activity:

  • Exercise in African-American and White Colorectal Cancer Survivors: A Mixed Methods Approach
  • Changes in objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour among breast cancer survivors undergoing treatment
  • Translating research to practice using a team-based approach to cancer rehabilitation: A physical therapy based exercise program improves fatigue and aerobic capacity
  • Cancer survivors awaiting rehabilitation rarely meet recommended physical activity levels: an observational study. 

The fifth research report addresses a measure for use in head and neck cancer: "The Brief Rehabilitation Assessment for Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer (BRASH): Content and Discriminant Validity."  

A perspective paper is authored by Steve Morris and he addresses exercise in both the perspective paper and his Presidential Perspective column respectively: "Who is the Best Exercise Professional to Provide an Exercise Training Program in an Oncology Rehabilitation Setting-It Depends! " and "Exercise as a Standard of Care in Oncology Rehabilitation: Harsh Reality Vs. Aspiration." As in the 3rd issue of 2018, the online-only publications include a case report addressing exercise entitled, "Effects of preoperative exercise on physical function and body composition in pancreatic cancer survivors receiving neoadjuvant therapy: A case series". The Research Round-up column addresses an important exercise related topic for breast cancer survivors as it is their leading cause of death, "Cardiovascular Disease and Breast Cancer: Defining the Role of Physical Therapists". Lastly the Clinical Conversation Column provides an excellent lead in to the January special issue on PT and rehabilitation of HIV from the HIV SIG entitled, "HIV, Trauma, and Support: Caregiving in the Age of #MeToo."

Winter is approaching and that means the annual readers survey and CSM. The annual readers survey will be emailed in November. Please take the time to complete the survey as the results are used in planning for the journal.  Please review the slate of candidates for Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy offices in this issue and VOTE. At CSM, it is always great to see so many old and new friends at the section programming, "Celebration of Life" reception, and section booth. Swing by the section booth or visit Wolters Kluwer in the exhibit hall. If you do research or practice in palliative care and hospice, pick up the call for papers for the January 2020 special issue on palliative care and hospice.

Lastly, the fall issue as the last issue of the year is where I get the opportunity to give thanks for the hard work and dedication of the authors, reviewers, and Associate Editors, and our publisher and team from Wolters Kluwer. This journal would not exist without your efforts. Thinking of CSM tells me the holidays are around the corner. I hope you all have wonderful holidays.


Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD
Editor​






Translating Research to Practice Using a Team-Based Approach to Cancer Rehabilitation: A Physical Therapy and Exercise-Based Cancer Rehabilitation Program Reduces Fatigue and Improves Aerobic Capacity

Leach, Heather J.; Covington, Kelley R.; Pergolotti, Mackenzi; More

Rehabilitation Oncology. 36(4):206-213, October 2018.