Both cancer itself and treatment regimens can cause a host of complications for therapy interventions and require new considerations to achieve desired outcomes. These two courses, together spanning 12 hours, approach both short and long term oncology rehab through risk assessment, side effects of chemotherapy, lymphedema considerations, and exercise prescription.
What this certification series addresses
As the treatments for various types of cancers continue to improve, there has been exponential growth in the survivors who are living longer than ever before. However, despite the advancements in medical treatment, not all patients are aware of how they can further improve the quality of survivorship. Patients are often not aware of the continuum of care, nor do they realize they can often improve functional impairments that plagued them during treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, drug therapy, and radiation.
When a patient makes the decision to undergo chemotherapy treatment of cancer, the possible side effects understandably take a back seat. But what if you could prepare and guide a patient through the cognitive and physical changes associated with chemotherapy treatment? Rehabilitation specialists are in a unique position to support patients and their families to improve function, participation, and overall quality of life. Take this opportunity to learn the best, evidence-based tools to help your patient live life to the fullest.
What courses are included
"Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment for Cancer and Cognitive Rehabilitation"
Taught by Courtney Huber, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
This course will provide you with best practices in the evaluation and treatment of cognitive and physical impairments resulting as a side effect of chemotherapy. You will get interactive, hands-on experience with interpreting assessment results, creating patient-driven plans of care, and use of evidence-based treatment techniques to address the short and long-term needs of your patients. Learn how amultidisciplinary model of rehabilitation addresses complex issues such as community re-integration and return to work. Arm yourself with resources to advocate for your skilled services to physicians, payers, and stakeholders.
6-Hour Online Video
6-Hour Live Session
- Successfully advocate for skilled therapy services your patients need to address detrimental changes in cognitive and physical function
- Efficient and thorough assessment of yourpatient to create individualized, practical, relevant, and measurable goals
- Educate and inform your patients to enable them to be engaged, active consumers in their treatment
- Immediate implementation of evidence-based restorative and compensatory techniques to maximize cognitive and physical function with individuals receiving chemotherapy treatment
- Interact and collaborate with multidisciplinary professionals to address function, activity, and participation limitations of your patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment
Courtney Huber, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS is a speech-language pathologist at On With Life Outpatient Neurorehabilitation in Ankeny, Iowa, a nationally-renowned facility that serves children and adults with acquired brain injury and other neurological disorders. Courtney has worked in the field of neurogenic communication disorders for 13 years, in long-term skilled, inpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Her area of expertise is executive dysfunction, with emphasis on community re-integration, return- to-work, and role changes following brain injury.
In her current role, she serves a diverse population to assess and treat cognitive- communication disorders secondary to traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, and neurotoxicity. She is a member of the American Speech- Language Hearing Association and 2 of its special interest groups - Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders; and Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia). Courtney has also held her Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) certification for 9 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Minot State University in 2002 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University in 2005.
FINANCIAL: Courtney Huber receives a Salary from On with Life Outpatient Neurorehabilitation as an SLP and is compensated by Summit as an instructor.
NONFINANCIAL: Courtney Huber gives employee-sponsored presentations related to this course content with On with Life, Inc.
- Advocating for Your Patient During and After Chemo for Optimal Rehabilitation
- What makes the skilled rehabilitation therapist qualified to treat this population
- Paucity of skilled rehabilitation services
- Writing your documentation to communicate deficit and progress to other professions for optimal outcomes
- An Inside Look at Cancer Treatment and How it Affects Your Patient
- Foundations of treatment
- Mechanisms of action
- The effects of neurotoxic agents used to treat cancer
- Assessing Cognitive Deficits as a Result of Neurotoxicity
- Prognosis for spontaneous recovery
- Assessment strategies and most effective cognitive tests
- Establishing a plan for improvement based on current cognitive function
- Assessment of high-level cognitive deficits
- Engaging and Motivating Patients in Treatment
- Creating patient incentive
- Facilitating participation in treatment
- Driving compliance
- Tracking progress
- Treatment of High-Level Cognitive Deficits
- Executive function
- Fatigue management
- Interdisciplinary collaboration
- Pre-habilitation: Setting the Stage for Optimal Progress
- Educating an overwhelmed patient on the importance of pre-hab
- Prioritizing cognitive treatments
- Interdisciplinary communication Case Study
- Describe the rehabilitation therapist's scope of practice in the assessment and treatment of high-level cognitivedeficits associated with chemotherapy treatment ofcancer.
- Discuss how chemotherapy and related agents have a neurotoxic effect on the brain that may be temporary orpermanent.
- Identify the most common manifestation of high-level cognitive deficits associated with chemotherapy treatment ofcancer.
- Integrate appropriate assessment tools for high-level cognitive deficits associated with chemotherapy treatment ofcancer that consider functional, activity, and participationimpairments.
- Facilitate sufficient patient effort during treatment sessions to maximize functional outcomes.
- Implement appropriate treatment techniques for high- level cognitive deficits associated with chemotherapy treatment of cancer.
- Characterize the benefits of pre-habilitation of patients with cancer prior to undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
"Evidence-Based Oncology Rehabilitation"
Taught by Hidelisa Manibusan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CLT-LANA
This course is designed to provide the clinician with basic knowledge of treatments, particularly pertaining to breast oncology, an understanding of lymphedema prevention, and components of survivorship, to include exercise prescriptionand activity modification. Each participant will participate in risk identification, management skills of upper quarter syndromes, and gain a basic understanding in myofascial decompression and its role in lymphedema and scar tissue management.
6-Hour Online Video
6-Hour Live Session
- Review of common surgeries, therapies, and medications and their effect on functional mobility
- Pre-treatment, cognitive, pain, and complication considerations from cancer treatments
- Exercise prescription and activity modification treatment options to promote a safe recovery
- Evidence-based guidelines on lymphedema prevention and management
- Treatment of breast cancer and upper quadrant syndromes related to cancer treatment
- Hands-on myofascial decompression techniques and their role in cancer treatment
Hidelisa C. Manibusan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CLT-LANA, a licensed physical therapist, is currently a practicing clinician and Assistant Clinical Professor, WOS, at the University of California San Francisco. Previously, She has had experience treating musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and oncologic patients. Dr. Manibusan is currently involved in developing an oncologic rehabilitation program in conjunction with the UCSF Breast Care Center, continues to treat full time, and serve as a clinical instructor for various students in the UCSF program. Dr. Manibusan also currently teaches Lymphedema Prevention classes for patients. Dr. Manibusan graduated from Auburn University with her BS in Exercise Science, and earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. She is an ABPTS Orthopedic Specialist, holds a Manual Therapy Certification, and is also a Certified Lymphatic Therapist- LANA.
FINANCIAL: Hidelisa C. Manibusan is compensated by Summit as an instructor.
NONFINANCIAL: Hidelisa C. Manibusan has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
- Current State of Cancer Types and Survivorship
- Current oncology statistics
- Pre-treatment considerations
- Cognitive and psychological considerations
- Review of optimal documentation and reimbursement
- Medical and Pharmaceutical Treatment Considerations
- Surgical interventions
- Pharmaceutical interventions
- Radiation and chemotherapy
- Hormone therapy
- Side effects and design of treatment plans
- Best Practices for Lymphedema Treatment and Prevention
- Breast oncology Hands-on lab Case Study
- Risk Identification and Management Skills of Upper Quadrant Syndromes
- Cervical and shoulder pathologies
- Axillary web syndrome
- Exercise Prescription and Activity Modification Treatment Options
- Manual treatments
- Exercise prescription
- Wellness programs Hands-on Lab
- Introduction to Myofascial Decompression
- Precautions and contraindications
- Role in treatment Case Study
- Describe current trends, various medical andpharmaceutical interventions, as well as potential side effects for cancer patients.
- Identify high risk patients for lymphedema and the best practices for treatment and prevention.
- Explain to patients the precautions and benefits of exercise treatments for an increased chance of a fasterrecovery.
- Analyze the risk components and management skills of upper quadrant symptoms and treat the secondary functional impairments.
- Apply knowledge of myofascial decompression, includingrisks and precautions, for usage with fibrosis and scar tissue management.
- Establish exercise prescriptions, activity modifications, and a wellness program for cancer survivors.