Atlanta's TurningPoint Women's Healthcare Plays Key Role in Development of a New Model of Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

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TurningPoint Women’s Healthcare, a non-profit breast cancer rehabilitation organization, plays a key part in outlining a new model of breast cancer rehabilitation. Executive Director Jill Binkley, PT, MS, CLT, was a planning committee member and expert panel member on the initiative. Binkley and four other medical professionals associated with TurningPoint authored pieces in the just-released special supplement of Cancer (April 2012), one of the most prestigious oncology journals in the world.

The current model of care for women with breast cancer lacks attention to the impact of treatment on patients’ physical and functional well-being,” says TurningPoint's Jill Binkley.

TurningPoint Women’s Healthcare, a non-profit breast cancer rehabilitation organization, plays a key part in outlining a new model of breast cancer rehabilitation. Executive Director Jill Binkley, PT, MS, CLT, was a planning committee member and expert panel member on the initiative. Binkley and four other medical professionals associated with TurningPoint authored pieces in the just-released special supplement of Cancer (April 2012), one of the most prestigious oncology journals in the world.

The new model was developed over the past year by a panel of internationally-known breast cancer experts, with the support of the American Cancer Society and input from national healthcare professional organizations and advocacy groups. The journal addresses the numerous physical issues faced by women with breast cancer and offers hope for an improved quality of life through rehabilitation and exercise.

“The current model of care for women with breast cancer lacks attention to the impact of treatment on patients’ physical and functional well-being,” says Binkley. “Early detection, rehabilitation and exercise have been shown to be important in preventing or reducing many of the physical issues related to breast cancer treatment. It is my hope that by addressing these issues and outlining this innovative model of rehabilitation care as reported in ‘Cancer’ will create a significant enhancement of the post-care standards for breast cancer patients.”

The model is based on current scientific research. The goals of the model are to:

  • Promote surveillance, or ongoing assessment, for common breast cancer-related physical issues and functional limitations.
  • Provide patient education to facilitate early identification and treatment of impairments.
  • Introduce rehabilitation and exercise intervention when physical impairments are identified.
  • Promote and support physical activity and exercise throughout breast cancer treatment and into the phase of post-treatment survivorship.

Binkley adds, “TurningPoint is proud to be part of this exciting, landmark work to increase awareness of the role of rehabilitation for women with breast cancer.” In addition to Binkley’s roles as an editorial board member and author for the project, four additional experts from TurningPoint Women's Healthcare authored papers:

  • Marcia Pearl, PT, PhD, CLT, TurningPoint Board Chair and Physical Therapist
  • Susan Harris, PT, PhD, member of TurningPoint’s Medical Advisory Board
  • Pamela Levangie, PT, PhD, member of TurningPoint’s Medical Advisory Board
  • Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, MD, MBA, member of TurningPoint’s Medical Advisory Board

About TurningPoint - TurningPoint is a community-based, non-profit organization that has a mission of improving the quality of life for women with breast cancer by providing, promoting and advocating specialized rehabilitation. It is the only organization in Atlanta that provides specialized, comprehensive survivorship support including psychosocial, physical and rehabilitation therapy to women living with and surviving breast cancer. TurningPoint provides care to women with breast cancer regardless of their ability to pay for services. Additionally, TurningPoint educates hundreds of healthcare providers annually and has a reputation as a center for excellence in specialized rehabilitation of breast cancer survivorship issues.

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