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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Medical Aspects

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Medical Aspects     $74.88

This lecture is part of the following course:
Foundations of Oncology


This course presents the foundational knowledge that physical and occupational therapists need to know in order to perform an initial therapeutic evaluation and then to apply this knowledge to develop an appropriate plan of care. Basic principles of cancer development, general diagnostic procedures and general medical intervention strategies are presented. A case scenario is presented and discussed as it related to each of the foundational principles.

This course was developed in collaboration with the Oncology section of the APTA.

Oncology Section, American Physical Therapy Association

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Note: Post-test must be passed with a score of 80% or more in order to receive certificate of completion.

This activity is currently under review by ProCert. Should the activity be certified this outcome and the Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) awarded will be posted in the aPTitude system. Certification may be awarded retroactively after the actual delivery date of the activity.

Contact Hours: 2.50


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant shall be able to:

  1. Recognize that cancer rates are increasing and death rates are decreasing, making it likely that PTs and PTAs, and OTs and OTAs, will at some point in their career treat someone who is undergoing or has undergone treatment for cancer.
  2. Define such key oncology terms as benign, malignant and primary site.
  3. Identify the five general categories of cancer.
  4. Explain three ways that cellular mutations can lead to cancer.
  5. Understand the process of cancer diagnosis, including common signs and symptoms of cancer, as well as the diagnostic tests used: X-rays, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, bone scans, PET scans, blood tests, biopsy and cytology.
  6. Given the file of a potential patient with cancer, analyze the patient’s tumor staging and grading in order to understand the extent or spread of the cancer in the body, as well as how aggressive the cancer is.
  7. Compare seven intervention strategies for cancer in order to understand each strategy’s effects on the patient and how each could affect the prescription or use of physical and occupational therapy.
  8. Internalize the scientific foundational principles regarding the pathogenesis of cancer, the diagnosis and prognosis of cancer, the growth or spread of cancer, and medical intervention strategies for the treatment of cancer in order to educate others.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Dr. Perdomo is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. She developed the outpatient oncology rehabilitation at USC’s faculty practice, and founded the Oncology Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Program at Olympic PT in Seattle, WA, as well as the Oncology Clinical Rotation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Perdomo receives compensation from EDUCATA as the professor of this course.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Perdomo is an active member of the Oncology Section of the APTA and has worked to get oncology specialization recognized by the ABPTS. She has also been a district representative for the California chapter of the APTA.

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