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MD Anderson Cancer Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann Sponsor Cancer Rehab Symposium
More than 190 physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, social workers, psychologists and other healthcare professionals attended the 1st MD Anderson Cancer Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium, held May 13-14 at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The symposium focused on “Shifting Paradigms in Cancer Rehabilitation.”
More than 14 million people are cancer survivors in the United States, a number expected to rise to almost 19 million by the year 2024. “Because cancer survivors often experience complications from cancer and treatment that can impact function, cancer rehabilitation plays an important role in the cancer care continuum,” says Anna de Joya, PT, D. Sc., NCS, director of New Program Development at TIRR Memorial Hermann. “The symposium focused on the benefits of rehabilitation for various cancer diagnoses and treatments that impact quality of life, with a special focus on evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies that can be applied to clinical practice.”
Featured speakers were Julie K. Silver, M.D., associate professor and associate chair for strategic initiatives in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School; Eduardo Bruera, M.D., chair of the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Ron J. Karni, M.D., chief of the Division of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and an assistant professor with joint appointments in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the division of Medical Oncology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth; Jack Fu, M.D., a physiatrist and associate professor in the department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Carolina Gutiérrez, M.D., a physiatrist specializing in cancer rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School; and Samantha Dewey, PT, D.P.T., NCS, a physical therapist and board-certified Neurological Certified Specialist at TIRR Memorial Hermann.
TIRR Memorial Hermann and MD Anderson Cancer Center will host a FREE Cancer Rehabilitation CME webinar in August 2016.For more information or to register, visit tirr.memorialhermann.org.
Neelofur Ahmad, M.D., Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Greater Heights. Late and Long-term Side Effects of Radiation Therapy. Presentation at Back to the Future: Learning to Live with Cancer and Beyond, an event organized by the Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers and CanCare, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston, Texas, March 2016.
Michelina Cairo, M.D., Texas Oncology. Updates in Medical Oncology and Current Clinical Trials. Presentation at Back to the Future: Learning to Live with Cancer and Beyond, an event organized by the Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers and CanCare, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston, Texas, March 2016.
Angela Sisk, RN, OCN, AHN-BC, Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Greater Heights. Yoga and Nursing in Cancer Care. Presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress, San Antonio, Texas, April 28-May 1, 2016.
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