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2021 APTA Alaska Virtual Fall Conference

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Oct 02, 2021 - Oct 02, 2021

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8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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2021 APTA Alaska Virtual Fall Conference

October 2, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(90 Minutes of Asynchronous Work to be Completed Prior to the Conference)
(6.5 Hours of Asynchronous Work to be Completed After the Conference)


8:00 am – Noon – LIVE Lecture Via Zoom (Includes Two 15-Minute Breaks)

12:00 – 1:15 pm – Virtual APTA Alaska Business Meeting

1:30 – 3:30 pm – LIVE Lecture Via Zoom (One 15-Minute Break)


The What, When, How and Why of Oncology Rehabilitation for Rehabilitation Professionals

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs

Speakers: Amy J. Litterini, PT, DPT and G. Stephen Morris, PT, PHD, FACSM




Individuals with a history of cancer or are in any phase of survivorship have a high likelihood of suffering adverse, long term and/or late effects of the disease itself or its treatment including: decreased strength, aerobic conditioning and range of motion, pain, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue and lymphedema. Abundant data support the importance and efficacy of providing oncology rehabilitation services to this patient population, however, limited clinical and educational experiences render many therapists uncertain about treating patients with a cancer history. The overarching purpose of this course is to provide the attendee with fundamental information that will allow him or her to provide better care to their patients with a cancer diagnosis.

This course will achieve this goal by introducing the attendee to:

  1. Fundamentals of cancer and its treatment
  2. Characteristics of major cancers including both blood and solid tumors
  3. Comorbidities that occur in conjunction with cancer and/or its treatment
  4. The use of exercise as a therapeutic intervention
  5. Rehabilitation in hospice and palliative care
  6. The development of a cancer rehabilitation program.

Included in each of these major subheadings will be descriptions of physical therapy implications and physical therapy treatments relevant to each subheading.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Select and utilize outcome measures appropriate for quantifying patient status and symptoms.
  2. Educate their patients and colleagues in the fundamentals of cancer biology, cancer treatments, and the four major types of cancers.
  3. Educate their patients who are at risk for, or are undergoing treatment for lymphedema, about critical issues related to risk reduction and safe and effective manual lymph drainage (MLD) and physical activity.
  4. Quantitively assess symptoms for at least four comorbidities related to cancer or its care.
  5. Safely and effectively use exercise as a therapeutic intervention in the treatment of cancer survivors.
  6. Use the FITT model to write an exercise prescription.
  7. Describe the basic pathophysiology, the symptomology and the physical therapy implications of at least two cancer related emergencies.
  8. Describe and prescribe appropriate palliative rehabilitation interventions for individuals with advanced cancer.


Amy J. Litterini, PT, DPTAmy Litterini, PT, DPT, earned her MPT from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1994, and her DPT from Simmons College in Boston, MA, in 2004.  She worked for the Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH, from 1999-2012. She was full-time faculty in the DPT Program at the University of New England from 2013-2021, and continues to teach there.  She is the Survivorship Program Manager at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME, and for the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network of 11 cancer programs across the state of Maine.  She received a patient navigation certification from the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in Harlem, NY, and is a certified hospice volunteer for Compassus Hospice.

Her experiences in adult rehabilitation have included acute care, hospital-based out-patient care, private practice, long term care and home care in areas including orthopedics, balance and vestibular rehab, and women’s health. Her career has focused on oncology rehabilitation since 1996 including lymphedema management, fitness programming, wellness initiatives, clinical patient navigation for breast and prostate cancer survivors, research, administration, education, and program development. Amy’s research interests and publications have focused on cancer survivorship issues; the benefits of physical activity in cancer survivorship; the effect of gym and home-based exercise on functional mobility in advanced cancer; the application of Yoga in pediatric oncology; and rehabilitation in life-threatening illnesses. She has served the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association as the Section Program Chair, Regional Course Chair, Vice President, and the Oncology Section Delegate in the APTA’s House of Delegates. She is the immediate past chair of the initial Oncologic Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), charged with developing the first oncologic certification exam.  She also serves on the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society’s Nursing & Allied Health Professional committee, and with the Maine Cancer Foundation on the Rehab and Survivorship Task Force.

G. Stephen Morris, PT, PhD, FACSMG. Stephen Morris, PT, PhD, FACSM received his PhD from the University of Texas and completed a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UC Irvine. Seeking credentials to do human research, he later earned a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas and a license in Physical Therapy. After teaching stints in physical therapy programs at Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, he joined the Dept. of Rehabilitation Services at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. There he both treated patients and pursued research focused on identifying treatment outcome measures that are most appropriate for use in the oncology rehabilitation setting and the integration of the principles of exercise physiology into oncology rehabilitation. He served briefly as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and conducted research in the area of cancer survivorship. He recently retired from the Physical Therapy Program at Wingate University, Wingate, NC and was named the University’s first Distinguish Professor. He currently serves as the President of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Morris has published over 60 manuscripts and 3 book chapters and has spoken nationally and internationally on the utility and implementation of exercise training principals in the context of oncology rehabilitation.