There are currently more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States growing to more than 18 million by the year 2020. Cancer survivors often face function-limiting complications stemming from cancer or its treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. This symposium will discuss selected cancer treatments that impact rehabilitation and provide practical assessment and treatment strategies/skills that can be applied to clinical practice. This symposium aims to provide healthcare professionals with new or enhanced knowledge that can be implemented in the evaluation and management of cancer and treatment-related impairments ultimately ensuring the safe and effective restoration of cancer survivor’s function and quality of life. Emphasis will be placed on evidence based practice, understanding rationales for therapeutic interventions, as well as identifying areas where future research is needed in the field of cancer rehabilitation.
As part of our ongoing commitment to achieve improved availability of optimal and safe rehabilitation interventions for all cancer survivors, the Rehabilitation Medicine Service of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center invites physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other clinicians to attend this two-day symposium covering a wide variety of topics in the field of cancer rehabilitation. The symposium format is designed to provide morning and afternoon plenary talks intended for all attendees. Each plenary will be followed by discipline specific break-out sessions that attendees will need to select when registering.
Rehab Symposium Objectives
- Define the ever expanding role of comprehensive rehabilitation services in the care of cancer survivors.
- Identify recent advances in the diagnosis, selected treatments, and rehabilitation of cancer survivors.
- Communicate new research and clinical treatment approaches to clinicians working with or who would like to work with cancer survivors.
- Recognize barriers to safe, compassionate, and effective rehabilitation of cancer survivors at all stages of the cancer experience from initial diagnosis to palliative care.