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Thirteenth Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture

Shoulder Dysfunction Post-Breast Cancer

Presented by:

Pamela K. Levangie, DPT, DSc, FAPTA
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
MGH Institute of Health Professions

It is now recognized that elements of treatment for breast cancer can, in some individuals, result in adverse effects on shoulder function that are unpredictable and may persist over time or actually emerge years later. Limitations to range of motion and strength, although varying considerably in magnitude or functional effect among breast cancer survivors, can place an individual at increased risk for shoulder pathology. This course will provide an overview of the effects that may be produced by axillary node dissection and radiation on tissues of the shoulder complex, including the biomechanical correlates that may lead to later body structure and function issues such as shoulder impingement syndromes. An argument will be made for the need for baseline examination and long-term periodic re-examination of the shoulder in individuals treated for breast cancer using standardized, valid measures to facilitate detection of early impairment and functional limitations, as well as to reduce the likelihood of treatment-related shoulder pathology. Small group work at the end of the presentation will allow discussion of the issues related to implementation of such a routine prospective surveillance model by physical therapists for individuals treated for breast cancer.

Earn CEUs and honor the memory of Professor Leahy.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5–8 pm
University of the Sciences
McNeil Science and Technology Center
43rd St. at Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
(Enter at 42nd or 45th Street for free parking)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
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The Patricia Leahy Scholarship Fund was established by Professor Patti Leahy before her death. This memorial lecture will serve to add monies to this fund and to honor her memory.

For More Information

Contact Dr. Gregory Thielman at 215.596.8849 or g.thielm@usciences.edu.


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