As many of you know from the section communications (newsletters, listserve, social media and journal) several momentous events for the Oncology Section occurred in the past year that will substantially improve the services and opportunities for members and the communities and patients we serve.
The evidence based practice and knowledge translation efforts of the section resulted in publication of the first of several clinical practice guidelines, and the EDGE task forces continue to produce systematic reviews of clinical outcome measures and in the last issue published reviews on clinical outcome measures of pain and fatigue for all cancer survivors. The section has a new and improved webpage including two new homepages: 1) Oncologic clinical specialization with an excellent downloadable resource document for members whom are considering sitting for the examination and 2) Oncologic residency programs with a new listserve for members interested in residency. The section’s social media efforts continue to expand. The Section is an Academy after approval of the motion for the name change at CSM in February. The ABPTS Oncologic Specialty Council continues to move forward on offering the first Oncologic Specialization Examination in March of 2019 with applications to sit for the examination closed on July 1st of 2018. The Council continues to offer regional item writing workshops with the next two workshops in Boston, August 4th and San Francisco November 3rd. More importantly the section is well represented on the Commission for Cancer, had a seat at the table during the ACSM roundtable on cancer and exercise and continues efforts to work with other organizations that impact policies that affect the communities and patients we serve. (The newest SIG for members is the Balance and Falls SIG, look for a SIG homepage shortly and consider joining the SIG listserve). Consider volunteering with the section to keep building the momentum.
This issue continues translating evidence to practice with two systematic reviews and their respective podcasts on the journal homepage. The first review is “Behavioral Change Strategies to Improve Physical Activity After Cancer Treatment;” while the second review addresses an important topic for our practice; how we intervene to improve balance, function, symptoms and quality of life in patients with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. Continuing on that theme of balance and falls is the research report entitled, “Identifying Fall Risk of Patients Receiving Hematopoietic Cell Transplant. The next research report, also, is related to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation outcomes. The last research report addresses an outcome measure for survivors of head and cancer, “The Brief Rehabilitation Assessment for Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer (BRASH): Content and Discriminant Validity.”
The case report demonstrated use of the the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health Model to guide individualized care of a breast cancer survivor., while the Clinical Conversation addresses the “Clinical Implementation of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diagnosing Upper Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer.” Lastly, the Research Round-up discusses “Collaboration in an Oncology Rehabilitation Clinic."
Please consider submitting your research and case reports to the journal to continue to move our science and evidence for practice forward. Mary Lou Galantino and David Kietrys are guest editors for the special January 2019 issue on HIV rehabilitation. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, the call for papers is at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/rehabonc/default.aspx
. To get articles hot off the press, go to publications-ahead-of-print (PAP) under the articles tab on the journal homepage. You may subscribe PAP alerts, e-toc alerts and link to fb and twitter feeds from the journal homepage. Lastly, thanks to all of the members who contribute to the journal from the authors, manuscript reviewers, associate editors and senior editor. This journal would not exist without your efforts.
I hope you have an enjoyable summer vacation.
Lucinda (Cindy) Pfalzer, PT, PhD