North American Seminars Inc. Introduces The 2010 Events Dates For Advanced Oncology Rehabilitation For Successful Outcomes Medical Education Course

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This North American Seminars Inc continuing medical education course for physical therapists and occupational therapists is designed to highlight and broaden the clinician's knowledge and clinical skill set needed for advanced expertise in the management of patients with cancer.

The Advanced Level Oncology Course is designed to highlight and broaden the clinician's knowledge and clinical skill set needed for advanced expertise in the management of patients with cancer. The advanced course will offer the opportunity for participants to acquire a more in depth knowledge about cancer pathogenesis and how this plays out in the development of different cancers, and in the design of medical treatments of these cancers. Medical updates on the diagnosis, medical management, and treatment of cancer will be presented along with more in depth clinical presentations of the different cancers studied in the course - Breast Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Melanoma, Leukemia, and Lymphoma.

Significant lab time is devoted to the development and practice of specialized manual therapy skills needed for the post surgical and post radiation management of patients with cancer. An in depth look at the tissue healing processes, including the lymphatic system, that result from surgery and radiation therapy will assist with the understanding of the use of these skills, and in the selection of appropriate use of modalities. The integration of oncology exercise programs with manual therapy skills will be presented so as to ensure a comprehensive management approach of these patients. Specific exercise guidelines, clinical tests, and screening systems will be discussed for cancer patients in active treatment and post treatment phases. Considerations for exercise guidelines will include myelosuppression, cancer related fatigue, cardiotoxicity, cognitive changes, hormone changes, and bone metastasis. This course will provide an in depth look at developing specialized oncology programs. Consideration will be given to the development of inpatient and outpatient programs including marketing, program goals, referral processes, intake processes, and discharge criteria.

This North American Seminars course offers the following course objectives:

  • Describe cancer pathogenesis and how it is shaping environmental awareness and changing cancer management globally.
  • Discuss the clinical management of breast cancer, head and neck cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, leukemia, and lymphoma.
  • Understand new advancements in cancer treatment: chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy.
  • Discuss the clinical implications of myelosuppression, cancer related fatigue, cardiotoxicity, hormone changes, and cognitive changes in patients undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Develop safe and appropriate oncology exercise programs according to the guidelines, clinical tests and screening systems presented in the course.
  • Perform specialized manual therapy skills for the post surgery and radiation management of patients with cancer (upper extremities, trunk, and lower extremities).
  • Utilize the appropriate modalities based on cancer history and areas of treatment oncology patients with other cancers.
  • Design appropriate inpatient and outpatient programs with the consideration of program goals, referral and intake processes, and discharge criteria.

This course will be instructed by Julia Osborne PT, CLT-LANA

Julia Osborne, PT, CLT-LANA, has had a diversified physical therapy career for 14 years, practicing in hospital and outpatient settings in South Africa, England, and the USA. She has established and currently directs one of Denver's only outpatient Oncology Rehabilitation Clinics. This clinic specializes in outpatient post surgical, post radiation, and post reconstructive surgery care necessary to accelerate the recovery process of cancer survivors, and reduce recurring or secondary complications.

Julia graduated with a BSc. (Honors) in Physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In her years of practice prior to specializing in oncology rehabilitation, she gained extensive clinical experience in the treatment of Adult, Geriatric, and Pediatric patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. Her specialty areas, in addition to Oncology Rehabilitation, include Combined Decongestive Therapy, Chronic Pain Management, Advanced Manual Therapy Techniques, Woman's Health, and Neurological Rehabilitation. She is certified in the management of Lymphedema.

Over the past six years Julia has focused her career on the development of Oncology Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy. She has developed treatment protocols for post surgical and radiation care and symptom control, patient guidelines for prevention of onset of lymphedema and secondary complications, and she developed a lymphedema education & resource center for outpatients. Julia has also authored several course manuals for oncology rehabilitation. These include Clinical Model of Lymphedema Management for Physical Therapists, Oncology Rehabilitation Manual for Physical Therapists, Post Surgical and Post Radiation Management of Patients with Breast Cancer, and Cancer Survivorship - How can Physical Therapy make a difference?

Ms. Osborne has been a speaker at the APTA 2005 Spring Conference in Denver, CO; and at the Day of Caring 2005 and 2006 Conferences in Denver, CO. She has also presented three and five day seminars in Oncology Rehabilitation. Professional groups to which Julia has presented include the American Mammography Annual Conferences, Radiation Oncology at Swedish Medical Center, Sally Jobe Breast Center Physician Conferences, and the Y-Me TeleConferences. Julia is frequently invited to speak at patient support groups and at community events in Denver.

This course will be presented in the following locations in 2010

April 24, 2010-April 25, 2010    Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH    

September 18, 2010-September 19, 2010    St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD    

September 25, 2010-September 26, 2010    Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR    

October 09, 2010-October 10, 2010    Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, TX

For additional course dates and course detail visit or call 1-800-300-5512


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