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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Amy Litterini PT, DPT
Peer Reviewer(s): Mary  Insana Fisher, PT, PhD, OCS
Item#: Q3524
Contents: 1 Course Book 
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Breast Cancer: Contemporary Rehabilitation Strategies

Price $39.95
Item # Q3524
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: March 29, 2018

Expiration Date: March 29, 2021

The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to provide a critical review of current evidence to inform physical therapy best practice for the breast cancer patient population. Upon fulfilling the course objectives, practitioners will be prepared to develop an evidence-based approach to the evaluation and treatment of individuals with breast cancer throughout the survivorship continuum.

California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs -  Approval #18S7477 (6/19/18 to 6/19/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-93 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Course Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiology, diagnosis, and types of breast cancer and the effects on health and wellness.
  • Identify common surgical, medical, and radiation treatments for breast cancer and corresponding treatment-related sequelae.
  • Explain the unique role of the physical therapy practitioner in working with individuals with breast cancer.
  • Identify the common physical, psychological, and cognitive limitations resulting from the different stages of breast cancer treatment and appropriate assessment tools.
  • Explain appropriate sequencing and selection of physical therapy interventions for individuals with breast cancer. 

Amy Litterini, PT, DPT, is an assistant clinical professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of New England (UNE) in Portland, Maine. She received a BS in Health Sciences and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1996, her career has focused on oncology rehabilitation including research, lymphedema man­agement, fitness programming, wellness initiatives, clinical patient navigation, program development, and education. She is a Certified Patient Navigator by the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in Harlem, New York, and has provided clinical navigation services to both breast and prostate cancer survivors. She has provided oncology rehabilitation continu­ing education in both live and web-based formats and provides an oncology foundation for both Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy students at UNE. Dr. Litterini has published and presented research on cancer survi­vorship issues, axillary web syndrome, the benefits of physical activity in cancer survivorship, the effect of gym-based and home exercise programming on functional mobility and gait speed in advanced cancer, and chronic and end-of-life cancer-related conditions. Nationally, Amy serves as the Vice President of the APTA Oncology Section and is the Oncology Section Delegate in the House of Delegates. In 2016, she was appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Oncologic Specialty Council of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Regionally, she sits on the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Board of Directors and is a member of the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Rehab and Survivorship Committee.

Mary Insana Fisher PT, PhD, Board certified Clinical Orthopedic Specialist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Dayton. She graduated from Boston University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kentucky. She has more than 25 years of clinical practice experience ranging from acute care to orthopedics and oncology rehabilitation. Additionally, she received her initial and advanced lymphedema training at the Foeldi Clinic in Germany. She serves on the Miami Valley Hospital Premier Health Oncology Committee, is Secretary of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is Senior Editor of Rehabilitation Oncology. Dr. Fisher has been teaching physical therapy over 20 years, and serves in an advisory capacity to physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs. Dr. Fisher’s current research interest focuses on the field of oncology rehabilitation in terms of functional return, cancer-related fatigue and quality of life, as well as measurement issues related to outcomes in oncology rehabilitation. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and published in such peer-reviewed journals as Rehabilitation Oncology, the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.