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Program Schedule and Registration

Program Schedule

4:30pm Registration
5:00pm Introductions and Lecture
6:00-6:15pm Questions
6:15-6:45pm Buffet Dinner
6:45-7:20pm Break-out Group Discussions
7:30-8:00pm Discussion Group Leaders and Guest Lecturer wrap-up- answering charges of each specific group

Continuing Education Units

2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered in DE, NJ and PA for this event.

Learning Objectives

The lecture and group discussion will build on information included in the provided references, allowing participants to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence and magnitude of shoulder dysfunction that can result from treatment for breast cancer.
  • Provide a possible rationale for the increased risk for shoulder dysfunction post-breast cancer based on tissue changes and biomechanical alterations that may occur as a result of treatment.
  • Explain the need for routine use of a standard set of valid tests and measures of shoulder function pre- and post-treatment for breast cancer.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of a long-term prospective surveillance model for monitoring shoulder function in individuals treated for breast cancer.
Course Outline
  1. Lecture:
    • Overview of treatment-related changes to upper quarter tissues
    • Relationship of treatment-related changes to altered shoulder biomechanics and risk for dysfunction
    • A proposed prospective surveillance model
    • Need for valid tests and measures of shoulder-related impairments of body structure and function.
  2. Break Out Groups
    • To whom and how does one “market” a prospective surveillance model for individuals who have or have had breast cancer?
    • What components of body structure and function or activities/participation need to be measured as part of a prospective surveillance model?
    • What research needs to be done to validate shoulder tests and measures in the breast cancer population?
  3. Wrap-up of group discussions and session


  1. Levangie PK, Drouin J. Magnitude of late effects of breast cancer treatments on shoulder function: a systematic review. Breast Cancer Res Treat. Jul 2009;116(1):1-15.
  2. Levangie PK, Fisher MI. Oncology Section Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes: An Introduction to the EDGE Task Force and Clinical Measures of Upper Extremity Dysfunction. Rehabilitation Oncology. 2013;30(4):11-18.
  3. Ludewig PM, Braman JP. Shoulder impingement: biomechanical considerations in rehabilitation. Manual Therapy. 2011;16(1):33-39.
  4. Stout NL, Andrews K, Binkley JM, Schmitz KH, Smith RA. Stakeholder perspectives on dissemination and implementation of a prospective surveillance model of rehabilitation for breast cancer treatment. Cancer. 2012;118(S8):2331-2334.
  5. Stout NL, Binkley JM, Schmitz KH, et al. A prospective surveillance model for rehabilitation for women with breast cancer. Cancer. 2012;118(S8):2191-2200.
  6. U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2009 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2013. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.
Patricia Leahy Scholarship Committee
Dr. Gregory Thielman, Ms. Lora Packel, Dr. Eric Folkins

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Department of Physical Therapy
Box 39, 600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.596.8849
Fax: 215.895.3121
Email: g.thielm@usciences.edu

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