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July 2019 - Volume 37 - Issue 3

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

​​​​​​Call for Papers

Submit a paper on a topic related to Balance and Falls for Cancer Survivors for possible inclusion in a special issue of Rehabilitation Oncology.

Please email Min Huang, PhD, PT if you are considering a submission to this special issue at: 

Manuscripts for this issue need to be submitted by June 30, 2020

Click here for the Senior Editor position description. 

Email your applications to:  Editor, Cindy Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA,

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019. 

This issue's Presidential Perspective column asks a thought-provoking question; "What key points, outside of the basics of exercise testing and prescription for Individuals with cancer, would I like my audience to take home with them?"  You will have to do your summer reading to find out Steve's responses to that question.  This issue continues one of the primary objectives of the journal, to translate evidence to practice with an EDGE Clinical Outcome measure systematic review across all cancer diagnoses and a forthcoming podcast on the journal homepage entitled "Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy EDGE Task Force: A Systematic Review of Measures of Balance in Adult Cancer Survivors". The following research report is on the "Development and Evaluation of The Breast Cancer Online Rehabilitation (BRECOR) program for self-managed upper-body rehabilitation for women with breast cancer."  Next up is a first in the journal; a research report on an animal study with implications for exercise during chemotherapy entitled, "The Effects of Wheel Running on Skeletal Muscle Function During and Following Doxorubicin Treatment." The print edition of the journal concludes with two important perspective papers. The first paper addresses the Lymphedema Action Plan (LeAP): Proactive Lymphedema Risk Reduction for Patients with Breast Cancer while the second paper reviews the implications of the new anti-cancer immunotherapies or physical therapy practice.

The Case Report, Clinical Conversation, and Research Round-up were moved to online publications and are accessible from the journal homepage under the articles tab. Please do not forget to read the excellent online offerings in this issue which address topics related to edema, cancer related lymphedema and chest pain in breast cancer survivors. The Case Report is entitled, "Physical and Edema Therapy Management of Amyloidosis in the Acute Care Setting." Lastly, the Clinical Conversation column and Research Round-up column are contributions from the Lymphedema Special Interest Group. The Research Round-up Column examines the rapidly changing landscape of cancer-related lymphedema risk-stratification and targeted treatment from Pre-operative baselines to predisposition. Management of breast cancer breast and chest wall pain was a hot topic on the list serve in April and this Clinical Conversation column continues that discussion with a case report entitled, "Dry Needling for Chronic Breast/Chest Wall Pain after Breast Cancer Treatment."

Please consider submitting your research and case reports to the journal to continue to move our science and evidence for practice forward. Christopher Wilson and Richard Briggs are guest editors for the special January 2020 issue on Palliative Care and Hospice. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, the call for papers is at: Looking even farther ahead, the January 2021 special issue topic is on balance impairment and falls in cancer survivors with guest editor, Min Huang, PT, PhD, Neurologic Clinical Specialist.     

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 Facebook and Twitter feeds from the journal homepage. Stay tuned as the Academy produces more clinical practice guidelines, and the EDGE task forces continue to produce systematic reviews of clinical outcome measures.

Mary Fisher, the senior editor, spearheaded "ONCOREADS" an opportunity to collaborate on offering CEUs for reading an evidence based journal article which began late last fall. If you have not had an opportunity to view this offering in partnership with the APTA Learning Center, summer is a great time to check it out. I hope you have an enjoyable summer vacation and do that summer vacation reading, listen to an article podcast on iTunes or the journal homepage, or do an ONCOREAD article or 2 or 3 and earn some CEUs.