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Physical Therapy in Patients With Gastrointestinal and Rectal Cancers

presented by Dr. Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, EdD, WCS, OnCS

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Financial: Carina Siracusa receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives compensation from the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, OhioHealth, and South College.

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

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 60 minutes, Learning Assessment: 23 minutes

Patients who are undergoing treatment for GI and colorectal cancers have a variety of unique symptoms and side effects from their cancer treatment. Some of these issues tend to be general musculoskeletal issues, and others are more focused toward pelvic floor disorders. In this course, both types of issues will be discussed to give practitioners ways to treat this population. Referrals to other disciplines will also be discussed in the context of providing full patient care. While this course will focus on musculoskeletal side effects, speech and occupational therapy issues will also be discussed in the larger context of treatment planning. Participants will leave the course with a comprehensive treatment plan for this patient population.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, EdD, WCS, OnCS

Dr. Carina Siracusa has been a practicing physical therapist since she graduated from Ohio University with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2005. She has practiced in the areas of pediatric, neurologic, oncologic, and pelvic floor physical therapy in her tenure as a physical therapist. She currently works in the neurologic rehab department at OhioHealth…

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1. Issues Associated With GI and Colorectal Cancers

In this chapter, the learner will be able to identify the common side effects of treatment for these types of cancers. Participants will learn about general musculoskeletal issues as well as pelvic floor disorders experienced by this patient population.

2. Evaluation of the Patient With GI or Colorectal Cancer

This chapter will explore the evaluation techniques unique to this patient population. General evaluation techniques as well as pelvic floor techniques will be talked about and demonstrated.

3. Pelvic Floor Treatment for Patients With GI and Rectal Cancers

This chapter will focus on treatment methods for this patient population. General oncology physical therapy and pelvic floor treatments will be discussed for this patient population. Education will also be provided for how to advocate for these services to other allied health professionals.

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