Occupational Therapy: Cancer Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan

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About the Author
Laura Stimler, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, C/NDT, graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2002. She earned her Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree with a concentration in Pediatric Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2014. Laura’s advanced certifications include the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board Certification in Pediatrics, USC/WPS Sensory Integration and Administration of Sensory Integration Praxis Test, and Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Laura has worked in acute-care oncology for nearly nine years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she has specialized in treating pediatric oncology patients and supervised occupational and physical therapists. Laura has co-authored peer-reviewed publications specific to cancer rehabilitation and presents on local and national levels on the role of OT in oncology. Laura
assisted in the creation and implementation of a screening tool used to identify rehabilitation needs in pediatric oncology patients. Additionally, Laura participated as a co-investigator of retrospective research study exploring relationships between thrombocytopenia, activity intensity during rehabilitation services, and frequency of bleeding complications in pediatric oncology patients. Laura recently completed the Cancer Rehabilitation Digital Badge Program through AOTA. Laura Stimler has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

About the Peer Reviewer
Katie M. Polo, DHS, OTR, CLT-LANA is an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. Katie’s primary clinical and research areas of interest are in cancer survivorship, chronic disease management, and occupational therapy. Katie M. Polo has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book. 

Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the prevalence of cancer, and the impact of physical and psychosocial side effects on occupational performance across the lifespan.
  • Describe precautions and contraindications specific to cancer and its treatment.
  • Identify evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and intervention approaches across the continuum of care.
  • Compare and contrast effective strategies to maximize the accessibility of specialized occupational therapy services to improve well-being and quality of life for cancer survivors among culturally diverse communities.

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