• Continuing Education

    Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Applying the Current Evidence

    This is an online course offering with no required start or end date. The course can be accessed at any time, and does not have to be completed in one sitting.

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the United States. As detection and treatments improve, the 5-year relative survival rate for breast cancer has improved to 90%. Currently, there are an estimated 2.8 million American women surviving their breast cancer diagnosis. Breast cancer treatment carries with it a number of physical impairments that negatively impact function including restrictions in upper extremity mobility, strength, fatigue, lymphedema, pain and decreased quality of life. Rehabilitation interventions when instituted in a proactive manner for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment can mitigate and even prevent many of the impairments that commonly occur as a result of breast cancer treatment.

    This course will discuss breast cancer statistics and review the common medical treatments women receive when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. Common treatment side effects will be discussed along with their potential impact on function. Clinical interventions, including the prospective surveillance model, will be discussed with supporting evidence for their integration across the continuum of care and lifespan for the patient with breast cancer.

    At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe common breast cancer treatments including: mastectomy, breast conserving surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone and targeted therapy.
    • Identify common impairments associated with breast cancer and its treatment
    • Integrate current evidence to provide appropriate rehabilitation interventions
    • Describe the prospective surveillance model and its implications for rehabilitation

    Shana Harrington, PT, PhD

    The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapist (OT), and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) clinical designations. 

    This course has been approved for 2 hours (0.2 CEUs) by the following boards:

    • Florida Physical Therapy Association
    • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

    Simply select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and click the "Order Now" button to pay by credit card. After payment, you will receive an email confirmation of enrollment that includes a link to access the course.

    If you would like to pay by check, cash, or Brooks department*, please print this registration form, and send it to us with your payment. Please make checks payable to Brooks Rehabilitation.

    The Brooks Institute of Higher Learning will provide reasonable accommodations for learners with special needs. Please contact the Brooks IHL @ info@BrooksIHL.org for more information and/or for a special needs accommodation request.