Ann Wilson, PT, M.Ed., GCS
Title: The Safety and Efficacy of Physical Agents on Cancer Survivors: An Update
Authors: Gentry Ensign, SPT1; Kathryn Flyte, SPT1; Michael Moore, SPT1; Katelyn Ratliff, SPT1; Ann Wilson, P.T., M.Ed., GCS1
Affiliations: 1. School of Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound
Theory: Cancer patients are often referred to physical therapy to treat impairments associated with cancer, its treatment, and the disease progression. Physical therapists sometimes use physical agents as part of a complete rehabilitation program for the purpose of decreasing pain, increasing strength, and facilitating tissue healing while avoiding possible malignant tumor growth. The benefits of physical therapy modalities in cancer treatment has not been well defined, but have potential to improve quality of life, functional abilities, and participation for these patients. Currently, many physical agents are contraindicated in the treatment of cancer patients because of potential concerns that they may increase the growth or rate of growth of malignant tumors. The lack of clinically-applicable and high-quality studies that support or refute these theories makes the use of some physical therapy modalities in the treatment of cancer patients controversial. For this reason and due to the changes in contemporary modality use over the last fifteen years, an update of the current literature is warranted. The purpose of this literature review is to update an already-existing literature review by Pfalzer in 2001 discussing the use of modalities in treatment of cancer-related impairments.
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University of Puget Sound
Ratliff, Katelyn SPT; Ensign, Gentry SPT; Flyte, Kathryn SPT; Moore, Michael SPT; and Wilson, Ann PT, M.Ed., GCS, "The Safety and Efficacy of Physical Agents on Cancer Survivors: An Update" (2016). Physical Therapy Research Symposium. 20.