One day course
|James L1, Lait C2, Trickett M3|
1PINC & STEEL International, Auckland, New Zealand, 2Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, 3MSK St Andrews, NHS Fife, St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Learning objective 1: Improving understanding of the changing cancer story, implications for rehabilitation and implementing evidence into practice
Restoring health is much more than just removing disease. Physiotherapists should be playing a key role in helping the growing population of people affected by cancer to thrive.
This course will teach Physiotherapists about the changing cancer story and the optimised role of rehabilitation from cancer diagnosis through to the well recovered/ or end of life. It will examine how to identify and address physical and functional barriers in order to support people affected by cancer opportunities without fear or failure. It includes information about the fundamentals and consequences of cancer treatment and how to implement the evidence into practice to provide person-centred care. The course will explore some of the key myths in cancer rehabilitation and promote the facts including:
Myth: Cancer rehabilitation is “new” and is not supported by research
Myth: Only a small percentage of cancer survivors need cancer rehabilitation
Myth: Cancer rehabilitation starts after treatment finishes
Myth: Emotional recovery is independent of physical recovery
Myth: It is acceptable to tell patients that they need to “accept a new normal”
Myth: People with advanced cancer and metastatic disease are too frail for exercise rehabilitation
The number of people surviving and living longer after a cancer diagnosis has grown substantially and providing evidence based cancer rehabilitation has never been more vital. While physiotherapists have always been involved in post-operative recovery following cancer surgery, their role in promoting exercise rehabilitation for cancer patients during and after treatment and in palliative care is much newer. This new role brings with it the task of dispelling old myths.
|Target Audience: Physiotherapists working in the hospital, private practice and hospice setting.|
|Key-Words: cancer rehabilitation; physical activity; oncology rehab|