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Suzänne Taylor PhD

MBA, OTR/L

Suzanne Taylor, PhD, MBA, OTR/L, has extensive experience in oncology rehabilitation including providing direct therapy interventions and presenting on state, regional, and national levels. Dr. Taylor has dedicated her career to furthering oncology rehabilitation education, research, and program development. Her clinical practice included working in areas of surgical oncology, otolaryngology, hematology and medical oncology, bone marrow transplant, and palliative care. She provided therapy services from diagnosis through end-of-life in both acute care and outpatient settings. Dr. Taylor also has multi-facility management experience including supervision of therapy teams and oversight of operations. Now an oncology researcher in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Taylor is leading the development of a community-based oncology rehabilitation program for the greater Richmond, Virginia area. In addition, she created and maintains the website: www.OToncology.org as a means of organizing and disseminating information for therapists working in oncology.

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Understanding Cancer: Foundational Knowledge for Therapists

Presented by Suzänne Taylor PhD, MBA, OTR/L

Understanding Cancer: Foundational Knowledge for Therapists

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When treating cancer survivors, it is necessary to have a foundational understanding of oncology. Beginning with a history of cancer and an overview of etiologies, Dr. Suzanne Taylor provides definitions of basic oncology terminology and explains how cancers are classified and staged. This information is necessary for clinicians to understand where their clients are on the trajectory of the cancer diagnosis and what treatment(s) they may have received or may yet receive. Resources are included for clinicians to remain current with their knowledge of oncology.

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Cancer Treatments and Side Effects: What Therapists Need to Know

Presented by Suzänne Taylor PhD, MBA, OTR/L

Cancer Treatments and Side Effects: What Therapists Need to Know

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Clinicians who work with cancer survivors must have an understanding of how cancer and the associated treatments cause a changing trajectory of physical and cognitive abilities. In this course, Dr. Suzanne Taylor provides an overview of cancer treatments and the commonly associated side effects. Along with the impact of cancer on an individual's psychosocial well-being, Dr. Taylor provides examples of how functional abilities may rapidly change. This course strengthens the clinician's ability to anticipate changes in function and appropriately adjust therapy goals and interventions.

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Oncologic Emergencies: Considerations for Therapists

Presented by Suzänne Taylor PhD, MBA, OTR/L

Oncologic Emergencies: Considerations for Therapists

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Oncologic emergencies are defined as an acute and potentially life-threatening event caused by cancer or the associated treatments. While some of these may take months to develop, others may manifest in just hours. With the improved ability to provide outpatient cancer treatments, oncologic emergencies are no longer isolated to the hospital setting. This means regardless of the practice setting, the therapist may be the one to identify the developing oncologic emergency. In this course, Dr. Suzanne Taylor discusses signs and symptoms of oncologic emergencies. She details how therapists can identify early signs and symptoms and how to facilitate risk reduction in certain oncologic emergencies.

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Oncology Rehabilitation: Optimizing Function for Cancer Survivors

Presented by Suzänne Taylor PhD, MBA, OTR/L

Oncology Rehabilitation: Optimizing Function for Cancer Survivors

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Advances in oncology care have led to greater numbers of cancer survivors living much longer after diagnosis. Unfortunately cancer and cancer treatments can negatively impact literally every aspect of the person including physiological, physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. Additionally, long-term and sometimes persistent lingering effects decrease performance abilities and overall quality of life. Rehabilitation professionals play a key role in mitigating the effects of cancer and cancer treatments and improving outcomes. In this course, Dr. Suzanne Taylor explains how oncology clinical practice guidelines and standards support the involvement of rehabilitation from diagnosis through survivorship, advanced disease and end-of-life. She provides recommendations for the focus of therapy interventions based upon cancer treatments, anticipated physiological responses and disease state.

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Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Quiet & Lingering Thief of Function

Presented by Suzänne Taylor PhD, MBA, OTR/L

Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Quiet & Lingering Thief of Function

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Research shows that nearly all cancer survivors experience a type of fatigue that does not easily resolve, is chronic in nature, and negatively impacts their physical and cognitive tolerance for activities. This fatigue is referred to as cancer-related fatigue (CRF). Left untreated, CRF may lead to depression, permanent decrease in physical and/or cognitive abilities, and an overall lower quality of life. In this course Dr. Suzanne Taylor provides detailed information on CRF including the understood causes, the known impacts, assessment, and recommended treatment interventions.

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Cancer-Related Cognitive Dysfunction: Addressing the Impacts

Presented by Suzänne Taylor PhD, MBA, OTR/L

Cancer-Related Cognitive Dysfunction: Addressing the Impacts

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Often described as having difficulty with paying attention or concentration, difficulty with short-term memory, and feeling forgetful, cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD) affects up to 75% of cancer survivors. Up to 35% of these individuals may experience persistent cognitive impairment for months or years following treatment. In this course Dr. Suzanne Taylor details how CRCD impacts activity performance, emotional well-being, and interpersonal relationships. She then explains how therapists are best able to screen, assess the impact, evaluate, and treat those with CRCD based upon our current understanding of CRCD, current guidelines, and suspected contributing factors.

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