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Finding Balance

Finding Balance PRESIDENT’S P ERSPECTIVE Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT President, Academy of Oncology Physical Therapy; Certified Lymphedema Therapist 2020 was a year full of different challenges that have the same. As a result of screening during evaluation when left many of us feeling off-center. Although these chal- impairment in balance is noted, I have the opportunity lenges won’t be behind us in 2021, we have all hopefully to discuss with the referring provider my findings and had time to flex our resilience and adapt. Not making it provide education on fall risk in this patient population. easy, but hopefully more manageable. This is somewhat Hopefully, this leads to sooner screening and awareness for analogous to the challenge all people affected with cancer these patients before physical therapy intervention is nec- face from the time of diagnosis. Their world is disrupted by essary. As physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist the uncertainty that lies ahead and the sequelae of impair- assistants (PTAs), it is part of our role to make sure this is ments that can come with treatment and survivorship. It is addressed for all patients. I encourage everyone to find the their medical teams, ancillary services, support of friends opportunities that exist within your practice, no matter the and family, and, mostly, their individual resilience and setting, to reduce people affected with cancer vulnerability strength that help them move forward. to falls. Impairments will vary for each individual depending APTA Oncology’s Balance and Falls Special Interest on type of cancer, comorbidities, and treatment interven- Group provides such an opportunity for PTs, PTAs, and tions administered. One exception is fall risk. It is a vulner- students with an interest in balance and falls in cancer ability for all people affected by cancer regardless of age, survivors to share resources, explore research, collaborate, type of cancer, and whether at time of diagnosis or end of and network. The group puts a focus on the important life. This should come as no surprise, given our knowledge work our profession does to screen and reduce fall risk of cancer-related sequelae and symptoms experienced in- in people affected by cancer. Their strong leadership and cluding fatigue, cognitive, vision, and vestibular deficits, membership has led to the development of educational decreased strength, pain, and neuropathy. webinars and resources to assist us as professionals in ad- One thing unchanged as we head into 2021 is the vancing our abilities to improve our patients’ balance and need for physical therapy to address the issues of balance quality of life. and falls in people affected by cancer. Based on research As we rally around one another to help us find our available, it can, and should, be argued that screening for center in 2021, we should continue our vigilance in screen- falls and balance deficits should be included in all phys- ing for and addressing fall risk among people affected by ical therapy evaluations of patients affected by cancer. It cancer to ensure safety and security for all. is something I implement in my own practice with each Best regards, referred evaluation and encourage my colleagues to do Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT Rehabilitation Oncology Copyright 2021 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. The author declares no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT, Memorial Sloan Ket- tering Cancer Center, 515 Madison Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022 (laurasheridanpt@gmail.com). DOI: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000251 Rehabilitation Oncology, Vol. 39, No. 1 Finding Balance 1 Copyright © 2021 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

Finding Balance

Rehabilitation Oncology , Volume 39 (1) – Jan 1, 2021

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Abstract

PRESIDENT’S P ERSPECTIVE Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT President, Academy of Oncology Physical Therapy; Certified Lymphedema Therapist 2020 was a year full of different challenges that have the same. As a result of screening during evaluation when left many of us feeling off-center. Although these chal- impairment in balance is noted, I have the opportunity lenges won’t be behind us in 2021, we have all hopefully to discuss with the referring provider my findings and had time to flex our resilience and adapt. Not making it provide education on fall risk in this patient population. easy, but hopefully more manageable. This is somewhat Hopefully, this leads to sooner screening and awareness for analogous to the challenge all people affected with cancer these patients before physical therapy intervention is nec- face from the time of diagnosis. Their world is disrupted by essary. As physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist the uncertainty that lies ahead and the sequelae of impair- assistants (PTAs), it is part of our role to make sure this is ments that can come with treatment and survivorship. It is addressed for all patients. I encourage everyone to find the their medical teams, ancillary services, support of friends opportunities that exist within your practice, no matter the and family, and, mostly, their individual resilience and setting, to reduce people affected with cancer vulnerability strength that help them move forward. to falls. Impairments will vary for each individual depending APTA Oncology’s Balance and Falls Special Interest on type of cancer, comorbidities, and treatment interven- Group provides such an opportunity for PTs, PTAs, and tions administered. One exception is fall risk. It is a vulner- students with an interest in balance and falls in cancer ability for all people affected by cancer regardless of age, survivors to share resources, explore research, collaborate, type of cancer, and whether at time of diagnosis or end of and network. The group puts a focus on the important life. This should come as no surprise, given our knowledge work our profession does to screen and reduce fall risk of cancer-related sequelae and symptoms experienced in- in people affected by cancer. Their strong leadership and cluding fatigue, cognitive, vision, and vestibular deficits, membership has led to the development of educational decreased strength, pain, and neuropathy. webinars and resources to assist us as professionals in ad- One thing unchanged as we head into 2021 is the vancing our abilities to improve our patients’ balance and need for physical therapy to address the issues of balance quality of life. and falls in people affected by cancer. Based on research As we rally around one another to help us find our available, it can, and should, be argued that screening for center in 2021, we should continue our vigilance in screen- falls and balance deficits should be included in all phys- ing for and addressing fall risk among people affected by ical therapy evaluations of patients affected by cancer. It cancer to ensure safety and security for all. is something I implement in my own practice with each Best regards, referred evaluation and encourage my colleagues to do Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT Rehabilitation Oncology Copyright 2021 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. The author declares no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT, Memorial Sloan Ket- tering Cancer Center, 515 Madison Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022 (laurasheridanpt@gmail.com). DOI: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000251 Rehabilitation Oncology, Vol. 39, No. 1 Finding Balance 1 Copyright © 2021 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.

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