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Course Details : Breast Cancer Rehab

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Clinical Update

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Clinical Update

  Contact Hours : 8 Hours

Course Description

This one day course emphasizes key considerations applicable to the physical and occupational therapist in effectively managing patients with breast cancer. Common surgeries used for breast cancer treatment and breast reconstruction, chemotherapy and radiation therapy will be discussed in the context of their application to therapy practice. Participants will gain an appreciation for upper quarter movement analysis of the glenohumeral joint, scapula, and thoracic spine. The course also accentuates a review of the lymphatic system with specific reference to lymphatic pathophysiology, lymphedema staging, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Evaluation strategies, organized clinical decision making and effective treatment techniques will be emphasized.  Through didactic instruction and case-based learning participants will leave the course with clinically-applicable knowledge to immediately apply to their practice to improve patient outcomes in breast cancer rehabilitation.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and discuss normal glenohumeral, scapular, and thoracic spine alignment and movement.
  • Identify common scapular, glenohumeral and thoracic spine impairments associated with breast cancer and its treatment.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system.
  • Define lymphedema, identify its causes and differentiate between primary and secondary causes of lymphedema.
  • Identify and differentiate between the 3 stages of lymphedema.
  • Recognize physical therapy treatment options for the management of lymphedema.
  • Describe the mechanisms behind the application of manual lymphatic drainage.
  • Recognize contraindications to manual lymphatic drainage.
  • Identify key signs of lymphatic versus non-lymphatic edema.
  • Discuss existing research on exercise and lymphedema.
  • Differentiate between clinical measurements and medical tests to monitor lymphedema.
  • Discuss common surgical procedures, chemotherapy and radiation therapy procedures used to treat breast cancer and discuss their implications on therapy treatment.
  • Identify common breast reconstruction and breast prosthesis options available to patients with breast cancer and discuss their implications on therapy treatment.
  • State which clinical modalities are appropriate for patients after breast cancer.
  • Collaborate with classmates in analyzing and interpreting patient data in a given case study to enhance decision making in clinical practice.

Course Agenda


7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Breast, Shoulder, Thoracic Anatomy and Kinesiology
9:10 AM Break
9:15 AM Scapular, Glenohumeral, and Thoracic Movement Impairments and Treatment
10:30 AM Break
10:40 AM Lymphatic Anatomy and Physiology, Staging and Differential Diagnosis
12:15 AM Lunch
1:00 AM Lymphatic Assessment and Care
1:30 PM Breast Surgeries: Mastectomy, Lumpectomy, and Reconstruction
2:15 PM Break
2:20 PM Modification to Standard Orthopedic Care & Modalities with Breast Surgeries, Chemotherapy, and Radiation Therapy treatments
2:55 PM Break
3:00 PM Putting it All Together: Combining Orthopedic Movement Assessment, Lymphatic Care, and Cancer Treatment Modifications in Patients with Upper Quarter Pain and Deconditioning
3:55 PM Break
4:00 PM Case presentations by Instructor and discussion in small groups
5:15 PM Adjourn

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Contact Info

Renietta Dias
PTS Program Director
743 Trago Creek Drive
Ballwin MO 63021

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