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Rehabilitation Oncology Journal Podcast

The official podcast of the Rehabilitation Oncology journal for the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Visit the journal website at
Duration: 36:13
In this Rehabilitation Oncology Podcast episode, Dr. Steve Morris interviews author and researcher Dr. Nicole Stout about oncology physical therapy specialty practice. Dr. Stout outlines the expectations for future clinical specialists and presents a call to action to the rehabilitation team to utilize oncology clinical specialists beyond clinical roles to expand their influence on providing best practice care to the individual with cancer.
Creator: G. Stephen Morris, Patricia Bamonti
Duration: 25:55
Podcast Editor Dr. Stephen Morris leads a discussion with Dr. Patricia Bamonti about her work investigating the role depression plays in moderating physical functional levels among individuals diagnosed with cancer. The discrepancy between self-reported physical function and objective physical performance measures is also discussed. The authors conclude that it is essential that individuals with cancer need comprehensive assessment of physical function in addition to depression symptoms.
Creator: G. Stephen Morris, Mackenzi Pergolotti
Duration: 26:04
Rehabilitation Oncology 
Dr. Mackenzi Pergolotti answers questions posed by Podcast Editor Dr. Stephen Morris about her work examining the effect of community-based rehabilitation on patient-reported outcomes and physical functioning. This work highlights the importance of cancer rehabilitation for those treated for cancer, and how rehabilitation improves function and overall health-related quality of life. The authors suggest that collaboration between outpatient facilities and academic cancer centers can provide opportunities to address gaps in the evidence base as well as address unmet cancer rehabilitation needs.
Creator: G. Stephen Morris, Elizabeth Campion, Meredith Wampler-Kuhn
Duration: 24:14
This episode features a discussion between the authors and Rehabilitation Oncology highlighting the importance of moving evidence into clinical practice through implementation science frameworks. The Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) and Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) provide guidance on how clinicians can make changes in practice that reflect the evidence database.
Creator: Jennifer Blackwood
Duration: 6:40
Rehabilitation Oncology  April 2019, Volume 37, Issue 2;
This episode discusses a prospective observational study of community dwelling people 50 years of age or greater in the United States with a history of cancer using data from the Health and Retirement Study. The purpose of this study was to examine associations between cognitive function, gait speed, balance, and falls in older cancer survivors. Results indicate that cognitive function, specifically executive function, is associated with falls and mobility in older cancer survivors.
Creator: Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH, CHES
Duration: 7:27
This case report examined the effect of a 24-session PT intervention aimed at decreasing chronic pain and opioid weaning for a 64-year-old patient at a multidisciplinary AIDS clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. The PT intervention focused on pain mitigation, utilizing using pain-relief techniques such as a home TENS unit, home stretching regimen, diaphragmatic breathing techniques. In this complex chronic pain case with a patient on chronic opioid therapy, multidisciplinary communication is key in successful management. To truly address opiate weaning in the context of pain management, physical therapists’ expertise in pain management should ideally be complemented by close communication with the patient’s primary medical provider.
Creator: Lisa Doyle
Duration: 10:51
Rehabilitation Oncology 
This systematic review reports latest evidence related to physical therapy based interventions in patients with cancer diagnoses who experience chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. Treatment approaches included closed chain lower extremity strengthening, interactive, sensor based balance training, and strength and endurance training. There were limitations in study design and number of subjects, but all studies showed benefit in terms of balance, function, and quality of life.
Creator: Helene Lindquist
Duration: 11:04
Rehabilitation Oncology  January 2018, Volume 36, Issue 1;
This episode presents predictors for performing self-care in females with secondary lymphedema. Factors as low well-being, body-image, near relations, quality of sleep, difficulty to accept having lymphedema and other ethnicities than national seems to be important. Many of the women perform self-care but still many of them does not think that it helps. The results facilitate more identification and extra support for these women.
Creator: Laura Gilchrist
Duration: 14:05
This episode discusses the development of a clinical practice guideline as an introduction to the CPG on diagnosing secondary upper quadrant lymphedema due to cancer that has been developed for the Oncology section of the APTA. The important psychometric properties of diagnostic tests are reviewed and the quality ratings of the evidence are discussed. Lastly, the use of CPGs in reviewing your practice is addressed.
Creator: Claire Davies
Duration: 13:47
This episode discusses the recommendations from the Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on diagnosing secondary upper quadrant lymphedema due to cancer. Based on the evidence in the CPG there is no one diagnostic tool that can be used definitively to diagnose SUQL, but using these recommendations can facilitate early identification and should lead to an examination of activity and participation restrictions and appropriate.
Creator: Chris Wilson
Duration: 6:15
Recent national opioid campaigns are important steps to reducing opioid abuse but they may have significant, unintentional, and adverse consequences on the medical management of patients with advanced cancers or those receiving hospice and palliative care. This commentary describes the role of the physical therapist in the palliative symptom management of terminally ill individuals during this paradigm shift in opioid prescribing practices.
Creator: Laura Gilchrist
Duration: 5:50
Rehabilitation Oncology  January 2017, Volume 35, Issue 1;
This episode discusses a retrospective study assessing the safety of a symptom-based, rather than lab value based, approach to exercise in children being treated for non-CNS cancers. Results indicate that this symptom-based approach to exercise modification can be safe in this population with chronically low blood counts.
Creator: Sarah Zerzan
Duration: 5:10
Rehabilitation Oncology  October 2016, Volume 34, Issue 4;
This episode discusses a review and meta-analysis of the current literature regarding the effects of exercise on bone mineral density in women who have undergone breast cancer treatment. Five randomized controlled studies are included in the analysis. Results provide modest evidence that bone-loading exercise interventions have statistically and clinically significant effects on proximal femur and lumbar spine BMD in women treated for BC.