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Immunotherapy: What Every Rehab Professional Should Know

presented by Elise K. Cantu, PT, DPT, OCS

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Financial: Elise Cantu is the director of The Onco PT, LLC, and Fort Worth Cancer Care, PLLC. She is also a consultant for Brylan’s Feat Foundation and a contractor for Pediatric Lymphedema Alliance.

Nonfinancial: Elise Cantu has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 35 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 25 Minutes

Immunotherapy has revolutionized cancer treatment over the last two decades and is likely to become a mainstay of cancer treatment in the coming years. While generally less toxic than traditional chemotherapy, immunotherapy still causes significant side effects that adversely affect a person's functional mobility. Rehab professionals must be aware of these effects and how they may affect the plan of care.

This course will discuss the use of immunotherapy in cancer treatment, common side effects, and how immunotherapy affects functional mobility. Clinicians will understand how immunotherapy affects their patients and may affect their plans of care, including how to monitor for various toxicities associated with immunotherapy.

Meet Your Instructor

Elise K. Cantu, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Elise K. Cantu has dedicated her career to helping others live better beyond a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Cantu is also the director of Fort Worth Cancer Care, a private oncology rehab clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also the host of TheOncoPT Podcast, where she educates other physical therapists on how treat people…

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1. Immunotherapy Basics

Immunotherapy is quickly emerging as a more common cancer treatment. Thus, rehab professionals must understand the basics of immunotherapy, how it works, and why it is used in cancer treatment.

2. How Immunotherapy Affects the Body

Immunotherapy comprises many different treatment interventions, each with their own mechanism of action and purpose. While immunotherapies are better at specifically targeting cancer cells, they can still cause significant side effects. Rehab professionals must understand signs and symptoms of immunotherapy toxicity in patients.

3. How Immunotherapy Affects Rehab

Due to the potentially life-threatening toxicities associated with immunotherapy, clinicians must be able to recognize signs and symptoms of immunotherapy toxicity. After the conclusion of this chapter, clinicians will recognize how a person’s functional mobility can be affected with immunotherapy and how to modify rehab for the person treated with immunotherapy.

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