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2019 Pelvic Floor Intervention Strategies for Urogenital & Breast Cancer Rehab - Portland, OR
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When: October 4, 2019
Where: Providence Health & Services
Portland, Oregon 
United States
Presenter: Mary Jane Strauhal
Contact: SoWH Office

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According to the American Cancer Society, more than 14 million Americans with a previous cancer diagnosis are living in the United States. That number is expected to grow to nearly 19 million by 2024. People are living longer after a cancer diagnosis because of advances in early detection and treatment. About two out of every three people diagnosed with cancer are expected to live at least five years after diagnosis. Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, and psychosocial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Pelvic physical therapists play an important role in the multidisciplinary treatment of the long-term sequelae of intervention for urogenital cancers.

In defining quality cancer care, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) believes that cancer patients should have access to care that adheres to practice guidelines and evidence-based standards of care, comprehensive cancer care that assures proper treatment of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, coordinated care with strong communication among all the providers and the patient, and honest discussion with their physicians regarding prognosis, the intent of therapy and the patient’s values and preferences regarding care. With this in mind, this course will provide the basis for pelvic physical therapy interventions within the context of urogenital cancers. We will also discuss the impact on the pelvic floor related to breast cancer treatments.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:

  1. Describe the various cancers affecting the urogenital region in both men and women
  2. Identify the various medical treatment options available to patients, current clinical research into new therapeutic agents and technologies, and the sequelae on the pelvic floor as a result of treatment
  3. Describe the role a pelvic floor health PT might play on the multidisciplinary team in the care of these patients
  4. Describe the various pelvic physical therapy interventions available for patients with urogenital cancers and for breast cancer survivors with changes in the pelvic floor structures
  5. Develop strategies to include pelvic physical therapists in the critical pathway of treatment for the patient with urogenital and breast cancers
  6. Understand the use of functional outcome measures for documentation related to pelvic floor impairments in cancer survivors


  • “Very thorough. Greatly enjoyed the case studies and thought they were an excellent addition to the course.”
  • “I really enjoyed the presentation. I thought the interactive portions were extremely beneficial.”
  • “All of the information was very interesting and applicable.”
  • “MJ was very down to earth and knowledgeable.”
  • “Fabulous instructor! I always love taking MJ’s courses. I really like the way she opened up the opportunity for conversation among the participants multiple times to allow everyone to share their knowledge/expertise to facilitate learning for everyone.”
  • “I enjoyed the inter-mixed case studies incorporated into the class for real-world application as well as stimulating thoughtful discourse. Would recommend this course to other professionals within thefield with no hesitation.”

Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists. This course is designed to target pelvic PT’s who are interested in advancing their understanding of urogenital cancers and their therapeutic skills with the oncology population.  The format is lecture and discussion.  There is no lab component.  An extensive reference list will be provided in the manual.  There will be a short post-course exam.

Pre-requisites: At least a successful completion of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) will occur for participants who leave the course early.

Lab Participation:  There is no lab component to this course. The course consists of only lecture.

English Language Proficiency: If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist/assistant, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to SoWH for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.

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