Nicole Stout, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA
Shana Harrington PT, PhD, SCS
Ashley Perry, PT, DPT, MTC

Course Description:
The American Cancer Society estimates there are currently 17 million Americans surviving their diagnosis of cancer. Because of improved detection and treatment, survival rates are improving. Cancer treatments however are not without peril as the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy have a deleterious impact on function in a majority of patients. These side effects may occur in both the short and long term and many persist over the remaining lifetime of the patient. Two types of cancers that have been shown to greatly benefit from rehabilitation are breast and head and neck cancers. In 2021, it is estimated that 281,550 American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer is ~90% and there are 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. An estimated 65,630 Americans will be diagnosed with head and neck cancers in 2021. Fortunately, the number of deaths from head and neck cancer has decreased over the past 20 years causing an increase of individuals surviving their diagnosis with a variety of impairments related to cancer and treatments.

This course will build upon knowledge gained in the basic oncology rehabilitation course for rehabilitation professionals who want to gain advanced knowledge about breast and head and neck cancers. An in-depth review of epidemiology, diagnosis, and medical treatment for breast and head and neck cancers will be discussed. Evidence-based treatment planning, specific to a rehabilitation plan of care will be discussed across the cancer care continuum including rehabilitation, active cancer treatment, and survivorship. A case-based approach will also be implemented to encourage active learning and application.

Course Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
– Describe perioperative treatment care for breast and head and neck cancers including assessment and interventions.
– Describe active cancer treatment care for breast and head and neck cancers including assessment and interventions for commonly occurring treatment related side-effects.
– Describe post-treatment care for breast and head and neck cancers including assessment and interventions targeting long-term and late effects.
– Apply the current evidence, including guidelines to discuss how rehabilitation can ameliorate impairments in individuals with breast and head and neck cancers.

Intended Audience:
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapist (OT), and Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTA) and Speech Language Pathologist practitioners*.

*Speech Language Pathologists will attend the 2nd half of the 1st day of the course and the entire 2nd day.

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details at If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email and we will be happy to help clarify!

Contact Hours:
This course has been approved for 13 hours by the following boards:
– Florida Physical Therapy Association for PT and PTA
– Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for OT and OTA

This course has been approved for 7 hours by the following boards:
– Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology for SLP

Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test.

If you are a Brooks Clinician and want to pay by cost center, please fill out this registration form and return the check and form to the Brooks IHL.

Satisfactory Course Completion:
Full course attendance (including signing the attendance sheet each day), performance demonstrations and question and answer session.

Course Evaluation/Survey:
Within 48 hours of course completion, you will receive a post course survey. The IHL values your feedback and we thank you in advance for taking the survey.

Halifax Medical Center
303 N Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114