Upcoming Webinars:

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Previous Webinars:

Title: The Future is Now: How can Technology Change Exercise Oncology? Part II: Tech Trends

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PT

Presenters: Zachary Beattie, PhD | Kathryn Schmitz, PhD | Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD | Sian Allen, PhD

This webinar will focus on the utilization of wearables and sensors to monitor and track physical activity and other health outcomes, providing a deeper understanding of their impact on exercise oncology research. Our expert presenters will delve into innovative applications, research methodologies, and the implications of integrating these technologies into cancer exercise and rehabilitation interventions. Strategic collaborations with big tech companies, emphasizing the synergy between academia and industry to drive advancements in exercise oncology research, will also be touched on.

BC CARING Members can access a recording of this webinar. Please contact exercise.research@ubc.ca

Title: The Future is Now: How can Technology Change Exercise Oncology? Part I

Date: Friday, January 19, 2024

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PT

Presenters: Wendy Wong, PhD | Jessica Scott, PhD | Ciaran Fairman, PhD

Join us to learn about the intersection of technology and exercise oncology, featuring leading experts and innovators in artificial intelligence and technology for exercise delivery. We will delve into both the potential and ethical implications of cutting-edge advancements, envisioning a future where technology plays a pivotal role offering exercise-based support to people with cancer. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic conversation and learn about the future of exercise oncology through the lens of technology!

BC CARING Members can access a recording of this webinar. Please contact exercise.research@ubc.ca

Title: Exercise post-diagnosis and mortality: New data from a pan-cancer analysis

Date: Wednesday October 25th, 2023

Time: 12pm – 1 pm, PDT

Presenter: Sarah Neil-Sztramko

This session will discuss the recently published paper: Jessica A. Lavery, Paul C. Boutros, Jessica M. Scott, Tuomas Tammela, Chaya S. Moskowitz, Lee W. Jones. Pan-Cancer Analysis of Postdiagnosis Exercise and Mortality, DOI https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.23.00058 . The paper is available if you have access to the journal via the UBC library or another library, or can be requested from the authors via ResearchGate. However, the accompanying editorial is freely available at this link: Stacey A. Kenfield and June M. Chan Meeting Exercise Recommendations Is Beneficial for Cancer Survivors DOI https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.23.01528.

Dr. Neil-Sztramko will provide a summary of the methods and results, as well as implications of these new findings. The paper reports on the association between exercise and mortality for more types of cancer (beyond breast and prostate) and contributes new information to what is known about the dose of exercise needed for health benefits.

Bio: Sarah Neil-Sztramko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University and a Knowledge Translation Advisor with the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. Her program of research is informed by her academic training in Kinesiology, Population and Public Health, Knowledge Translation, and Implementation Science. Her work aims to increase the uptake of evidence-based interventions by individuals and communities, focusing on cancer prevention and survivorship. 

BC CARING Members can access a recording of this webinar. Please contact exercise.research@ubc.ca

Title: Exploring the relationship between exercise adherence and physical function outcomes in a population of ovarian cancer survivors 

Date: Wednesday, June 28th 2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM PST

Presenter: Graduating MPT students: Rupy Grewal, Renee Lafreniere, Harmanjit Gill and Meghan Chan (supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell and Rafael Fujita)

Summary: Ovarian cancer survivors are at a high falls risk and tend to have low levels of physical activity and poor physical function. BE-BALANCED is a 12-week virtual exercise and education program which aims to improve outcomes in this population. The aim of our analysis was to determine whether increased adherence to the BE-BALANCED program leads to improved scores on physical function outcome measures. We will be discussing the results of this analysis and their implications in this brief presentation.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by contacting Natalie Fujisawa at natalie.fujisawa@ubc.ca.

For information and assistance, please contact Natalie Fujisawa at natalie.fujisawa@ubc.ca

Title: Oncology Physical Therapy in a resource-limited hospital in Chile -7 years’ experience

Date: Thursday, May 25th 2023

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM PST

Presenter: Karol Ramírez Parada, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UC. Physical Therapy Career. Research Academic at the Oncology Center Care Hospital Dr. Sótero del Río. Physical Therapy Bachelor, Universidad Católica del Maule. Master of Health Administration, Universidad Andrés Bello. PhD candidate in Clinical Medicine and Public Health from the University of Granada, Spain.

Summary: The health care system in Chile is a mixed system that includes both public and private providers of healthcare. The public system provides health coverage to approximately 75% of the population and is funded by the government through taxes.

Hospital Dr. Sotero del Rio is a public hospital located in Santiago, Chile. It is one of the largest hospitals in the country and is recognized for its high-quality medical care and its commitment to research and education. It is affiliated with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and many of its healthcare professionals are faculty members at the university.

The Physical Therapy Career of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile has an oncology rehabilitation program in this hospital. This program has helped many patients with cancer to manage their physical symptoms, improve their functional abilities, and enhance their quality of life.

The program has also provided training and education for physical therapists to specialize in the care of cancer patients. This has helped to improve the quality of care provided to cancer patients in Chile and has expanded the availability of specialized care in the country.

The visit to Cancer Care Center in Canada is looking forward to connecting with other healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists, and to exchange knowledge and experiences.

Title: Virtual exercise – is this feasible and safe in people living with and beyond cancer?  A scoping review

Date: Wednesday, July 20th 2022

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM PST

Presenter: Graduating MPT students:  Constance Leung, Rhiannon Murphy, Paisley Hanson, Tooba Khan, Kelsey Farewell (supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell and Sam Myers)

Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic opened the doors to greater focus on virtual delivery of exercise and rehabilitation services.  To best inform next steps in research and care delivery, it is essential to learn from the work done in this area to date.  This presentation will summarize a scoping review on the topic conducted by current MPT2 students.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by contacting Natalie Fujisawa at natalie.fujisawa@ubc.ca.

For information and assistance, please contact Natalie Fujisawa at natalie.fujisawa@ubc.ca

Telerehabilitation Delivery of Evidence-Based Breast Cancer Physiotherapy

Date: Monday, April 12th

Time: 12-1 PM PDT

Presenters: Jill Binkley and Mallory Mark

Summary: Telerehabilitation as a method of delivering evidence-based breast cancer physiotherapy will be discussed. Benefits, challenges and potential application for improving delivery of care to underserved populations will be reviewed. A patient case will be presented to demonstrate clinical application of telerehabilitation in oncology rehabilitation.


Jill Binkley, PT, MSc, CLT, FAAOMPT is Program Director and Founder of TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, a non-profit 501(c)3 healthcare organization in Atlanta, Georgia. Jill has extensive experience as a clinician and educator in the fields of breast cancer rehabilitation, orthopaedic physical therapy and manual therapy. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has presented locally, nationally and internationally on outcome measurement in physical therapy and breast cancer rehabilitation. As a breast cancer survivor, Jill is a passionate advocate for increased attention to the unmet physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer treatment and the role of rehabilitation and exercise in improving the quality of life of breast cancer survivors. Jill is a member of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves on the Editorial Board of Rehabilitation Oncology.

Mallory Mark, PT, DPT received her B.S. in Health Science from the University of Dayton in 2014 and is a 2016 graduate of Chatham University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Following graduation, Mallory worked in an inpatient rehabilitation setting with both the neurologic and oncology population. She moved to Atlanta in 2019 and joined the TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation team, where she now specializes in providing evidence-based care to individuals impacted by breast cancer. During her time at TurningPoint, Mallory has curated and instructed various patient monthly educational events and served as an instructor for a weekly exercise class. Additionally, Mallory has co-authored a paper titled” Meeting the Rehabilitation and Support Needs of Breast Cancer Patients During Covid-19: Opening New Frontiers in Models of Care Delivery” published in the journal of Rehabilitation Oncology in October 2020. She has also presented at Michigan’s APTA Fall Conference in 2020 and this year’s APTA Combined Sections Meeting, with both a platform and poster presentation. Mallory is a board eligible oncologic clinical specialist and an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by clicking here.

For more information and assistance, please contact Hannah Schulte at cep.lab@ubc.ca

How we did it! Changing large scale supervised exercise interventions and collection of objective measure from in-person to virtual overnight.

Date: Thursday October 22nd, 2020

Time: 12-1PM PDT

Summary: Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone is a Professor with the OHSU School of Nursing and is Co-Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Community Partnership Program and Co-Leader of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Her expertise and research focus centers on the use of physical activity to prevent and manage chronic disease.

Dr. Winters will present on how she made COVID adaptions for her ongoing NIH-funded randomized trials of resistance and aerobic exercise from supervised to virtual in older adult cancer survivors. She will share her experiences with on how she maintained dose delivery, safety and group social support. In addition, she will report data on virtually collected measures of physical function.

The presentation was followed by a group discussion on our local experiences with similar transitions to hear successes and challenges many of us have encountered.

BC CARING Members can access a recording of this webinar. Please contact cep.lab@ubc.ca to request these items.

Post-operative PT for breast cancer: Report on providers’ impressions of how to define arm “morbidity”

Date: Wednesday July 15th, 2020

Time: 7-8:00PM PDT

Summary: The webinar will summarize the results of a focus group study regarding arm morbidity post breast cancer surgery. We will also discuss emerging themes related to the topic of defining post-operative arm morbidity in addition to population-specific challenges faced by rehabilitation professionals.

BC CARING Members can access a recording of this webinar. Please contact cep.lab@ubc.ca to request the link.

PABC/ BC Caring Webinar: Exercise and Cancer- What Should PTs Know?

Date: Thursday June 11th, 2020

Time: 7-8:30PM PST

Summary: Are you confident about the guidance you provide to patients with breast, colon, and other cancers regarding when & how to exercise?

Would you like to learn more about the latest evidence to tailor exercise prescription for patients who are undergoing or have completed their cancer treatment?

Please join PT Knowledge Broker Alison Hoens with special guest Dr. Kristin Campbell for a free webinar “Exercise and Cancer: What PTs should know”

A recording of the above webinar can be found here.

Maintaining muscle health with exercise in cancer survivors: why it matters & how to intervene?

Date: Tuesday March 3rd, 2020

Time: 7:00 – 8:30PM (PST)

Presenter: Dr. Kristin Campbell

Associated Readings: Brown JC, Feliciano EMC, Caan BJ. The evolution of body composition in oncology—epidemiology, clinical trials, and the future of patient care: facts and numbers. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2018;9(7):1200-1208. doi: 10.1002/jcsm.12379

Biography: Kristin Campbell, BSc, PT, PhD is a licensed physical therapist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She also holds an appointment in the Cancer Control Program at the BC Cancer Research Centre. She is a member of the Oncology Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

She completed her PhD in exercise physiology at the University of Alberta and a Fellowship in Public Health at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre. Her research focus is on the role of exercise in cancer prevention, rehabilitation and survivorship has been funded by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada and others. She is associate editor for Physical Therapy, the journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (TJACSM).

She is the co-lead of the 2019 exercise guidelines for cancer survivors from the American College of Sports Medicine (Campbell et al. Med Sci Sports Ex 2019) and the multi-disciplinary International Working Group on Exercise and Bone Metastases, which will publish expert-consensus exercise recommendations for individuals with bone metastases in 2020.

There is unfortunately no recording of this webinar. Contact cep.lab@ubc.ca for more information.

Unsupervised home-based exergaming in prostate cancer patients receiving androgen deprivation therapy.

Date: Thursday October 3rd, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Brigitta R. Villumsen, PhD, MSN, RN

Summary: There is strong evidence that aerobic and resistance exercise is beneficial in prostate cancer patients receiving androgen deprivation therapy. However, based on clinical experience in a Danish urological outpatient clinic, patients in urban and rural areas are reluctant to join exercise classes due to travel distances and fixed class times. Thus, a randomized controlled trial was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of 12 weeks unsupervised, home-based exergaming on physical function, quality of life and fatigue as well as metabolic parameters and the IGF-axis. Furthermore, a qualitative study on the patients’ experience and satisfaction with the exercise modality was conducted post-intervention. A 1-year follow-up study was conducted to investigate the importance of individual support in long-term exergaming. The presentation will include results from the randomized controlled trial and the 1-year follow-up study.
Associated Reading: Villumsen BR, Jorgensen MG, Frystyk J, Hordam B, Borre M. Home-based exergaming was safe and significantly improved 6-min walk distance in prostate cancer patients: A single-blinded randomized controlled trial. BJU International 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/bju.14782
Biography: Dr. Villumsen is a registered nurse and researcher.  Her main research interests are prostate cancer, handling side effects of prostate cancer treatment, cancer rehabilitation, and patient information. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing in 2008 and has been a study coordinator in the Urological Department at the Regional Holstebro Hospital in Demark since 2008.  In 2019, she completed a PhD with a focus on home-based exergaming in prostate cancer patients. Dr. Villumsen was the award winner for Best Nursing Research Project from the European Association of Urology Nurses in 2014.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by clicking here.

This Webinar is password protected. Please contact cep.lab@ubc.ca to request the password.

Return to work: Update on research and available oncology-specific vocational rehabilitation services in BC

Date: Wednesday March 13, 2019

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Presenter: Maureen Parkinson, M.Ed. C.C.R.C.Vocational and Rehabilitation Counsellor, BC Cancer 
Summary: Hear about the latest research in the area of return to work for individuals with cancer, along with key information on the available vocational rehabilitation counselling services at BC Cancer, and a new virtual community resource tool called WorkBC (www.cancerandwork). This talk will provide you with important information to best assist your clients with return to work.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

It’s a two-tiered system” – An exploration of the perspectives on public rehabilitation services following surgery for breast cancer

Date: Tuesday October 2, 2018

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Presenter: Bolette Rafn
Summary: Physiotherapy is effective in restoring function after surgery for breast cancer. However in Canada, few publicly-funded healthcare sites deliver these services.  Bolette will talk about a qualitative project that explored the perspectives of both women who had received surgery for breast cancer and rehabilitation professionals from across British Columbia, on the current rehabilitation services that are available. The goal of this project was to inform the development of new approaches to care in the publicly-funded healthcare system.
Biography: Bolette is a physical therapist and PhD student in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Her work focus on rehabilitation and surveillance for upper-body issues among breast cancer survivors. She is inspired by a model of prospective surveillance for early detection and management of upper-body issues after surgery for breast cancer and is working on making this model clinically feasible and accessible for all women regardless of area of residence and financial resources.

BC CARING Members can access a recording of this webinar. Please contact cep.lab@ubc.ca to request the link.

Return to work conditioning after cancer treatment: Medical funders, referrals, assessments & exercise prescription

Date: Thursday May 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Presenter: Sarah Weller, Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP)

Summary: Extended medical insurers will often fund physical conditioning programs for cancer patients in British Columbia to assist with physical readiness for return to work.  This webinar will discuss all elements of this process, including funding and referrals, assessment and reporting requirements, and exercise prescription that meets the functional needs for return to work after cancer.

Biography: Sarah Weller is an Exercise Physiologist with over 12 years experience working specifically with oncology patients before, during and after cancer treatments to improve physical conditioning and prevent and manage adverse treatment side effects. She runs a private cancer recovery exercise program in Vancouver, BC and one of the services this program offers is individualized return to work conditioning after active cancer treatments.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

The right programming for the right patient: Assessing risk and exercise program delivery for cancer survivors

Date: Monday February 19, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone, BS, PhD

Summary: This webinar will highlight the impact of the intersection of aging and cancer treatment, and how exercise may prevent cancer survivors from becoming frail and at risk of falls. A key concept that will be covered is how to triage individuals by risk profile into appropriate exercise programming.

Biography: Dr. Winters-Stone is the Elnora E. Thomson Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, USA.  Her research is focused on bone fragility and quality of life in cancer survivors, including risk of falls. A key part of her work examines the role of exercise interventions to address the intersection of aging and cancer treatment.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

“Oncology Rehabilitation in Australia – Why isn’t it Standard Practice?”

Date: Tuesday November 7, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Presenter: Amy Dennet, PT, PhD Candidate

Summary: In 2015 a nationwide survey was completed to identify hospital-based oncology rehabilitation programs in Australia. Interviews were also completed with a sample of exercise specialists involved in these programs. We identified only 0.5% of Australian cancer survivors have access to programs and that there are challenges in providing evidence based exercise prescription. This webinar will review results of this survey and discuss challenges and facilitators to oncology rehabilitation into standard hospital care in Australia.

Biography: Amy Dennet is a physiotherapist completing her PhD at The La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Her research is focused on optimising rehabilitation to improve physical activity levels in people diagnosed with cancer. She is particularly passionate about translating research into practice and hope that rehabilitation can soon be recognized as standard care for cancer survivors.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

Real world experience – what is it like treating cancer patients in private practice?

Date: Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM PST

Janet Sprague, BHScPT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Kate Kennedy, BScPT, FCAMPT

Summary: This webinar will be led by two experienced and well respected physiotherapists in the Vancouver, British Columbia community who have a strong interest in meeting the needs of cancer patients in their respective private practices. The presentation will provide insight into  the realities of treating cancer patients in a community setting, including a discussion of challenges and potential solutions


Janet is a physiotherapist with a strong interest in providing lymphedema therapy and physiotherapy to patients recovering from breast cancer, melanoma, head and neck and other cancers or surgeries that have impacted the lymph nodes and lymphatic system, with a special focus on primary and secondary lymphedema. In 1996, she received extensive training under the direction of Guenter Klose (formerly Lerner Lymhedema Centre) in Princeton, New Jersey where she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She has also taken many breast cancer and cancer rehabilitation courses. In 2001, she became certified by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), and incorporates her level 3 manual therapy credentials and yoga teaching certification into her everyday clinical practice.

Kate completed her BSc in Physiotherapy in 1990 from Queen’s University. She has been working in orthopaedics for over 25 years, and she has a special interest in manual therapy, exercise, and women’s health, including women with breast cancer. Her approach to treatment focuses on appropriate movement and movement control, patient education and empowerment, and an acknowledgment of each client as a unique individual. Kate completed her Advanced Certification in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) in 1996 and has been teaching students in the Master of Physical Therapy program at UBC and through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division since then.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

Upper-body rehabilitation after surgery for breast cancer – how do we improve reach and access to care?

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM PST

Presenter: Bolette Rafn, PT, MSc

Summary: This webinar will outline the current oncology rehabilitation services in Canada and discuss the current barriers for meeting the rehabilitation needs of breast cancer survivors. The presentation aims to start a discussion around new ideas and innovations to move toward a combination of self-managed and therapist-delivered care for upper-body rehabilitation.
Biography: Bolette is a physical therapist and PhD student in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Her work focus on rehabilitation and surveillance for upper-body issues among breast cancer survivors. She is inspired by a model of prospective surveillance for early detection and management of upper-body issues after surgery for breast cancer and is working on making this model clinically feasible and accessible for all women regardless of area of residence and financial resources.

BC CARING Members can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

How we do it:  A community approach to cancer rehabilitation exercise programming

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016; 7:00 – 8:00 PM (PST)

Presenter: Jennifer Edgecombe

Summary: Learn about the expanded chronic care model of community based, clinical exercise programming currently taking place in Kamloops, BC. Clinicians in Kamloops have been using a practical approach to rehabilitative exercise programming for the past 10 years. Programming has connected interested community partners and limited resources to serve the local cancer population.

Discussion topics include: relationship building, conducting community needs assessment, developing local guidelines for program delivery, ongoing program staff training, creating community communication strategies, and cost modelling for sustainability

Presenter Biography: Jennifer Edgecombe coordinates clinical exercise programming within the Strategic Health Alliance: partnership between the City of Kamloops and Interior Health. Programs offered include: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Programming targeting the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and mental health and Cancer rehabilitation. Jennifer is also the lead on a project aimed at educating community exercise leaders about  safer group exercise options for graduates of the previous listed programs.

Jen is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer. She has worked in the field of chronic disease exercise programming for 10 years. She is a field guide and a frequent guest lecturer at the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University.

All members of this group can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

How to prescribe exercise in complex oncology populations:  The capability of exercise interventions prior, during and after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Presenter: Dr. Joachim Wiskemann, PhD.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Joachim Wiskemann is the Head of the “Exercise Oncology” program in the Department of Medical Oncology at the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Wiskemann’s research focuses on exercise programming after cancer diagnosis, particularly with cancer patient in acute care with complex treatment complications, such as patients who undergo stem cell transplantation. He is currently a Co- and Principal Investigator in 10 different randomized controlled exercise trials for cancer patients.

Date and Time: Monday, April 25, 2016 @ 7:00 – 8:00 PM (PST)

Summary:  This webinar will focus on the key considerations for exercise prescription in individuals with complex treatment complications related to cancer treatment, with specific clinical examples from acute care of individuals receiving stem cell transplantation.

There is unfortunately no recording of this webinar. Please contact cep.lab@ubc.ca for more information.

Red Flags: Could this be cancer?

Summary:  Physiotherapists use red flags to screen for serious pathology. When treating patients where the signs and symptoms just do not add up or patients with a prior history of cancer, physiotherapists need to be aware of common red flags that may suggest it may be cancer. Using clinical examples, Anne Rankin will provide attendees with some guidelines to addressing common red flags which may be an indication that additional medical follow is needed to rule out cancer.

Speaker: Anne Rankin, BScPT, MSc PT, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and chair elect for the Oncology Division of CPA. Anne received the Clinical Specialist – Oncology designation in 2012.

Date and Time:  Thursday, February 25, 2016; 7:00PM to 8:00PM (PST)

All members of this group can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by clicking here.

We know it works: So where are the cancer rehabilitation services in Canada?

Date: Thursday May 21, 2015

Time: 7- 8 pm.

Presenter: Dr. Kristin Campbell, PT, PhD

Summary: In 2011, a survey of Canadian facilities offering cancer treatment reported that only 30% of the facilities who responded reported having an oncology rehabilitation program. Furthermore, the majority felt the programming was not meeting the patient needs. This presentation will address the current research and clinical reality of access to physical therapy for cancer survivors in Canada and beyond. The presentation also aims to start a conversation of what actions we in British Columbia want to take to advocate for improved access to physical rehabilitation services for cancer survivors in Canada?

Presenter Bio: Dr. Kristin Campbell is a physical therapist and research scientist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, as well as an Associate Member of the School of Population and Public Health and Cancer Prevention Centre at UBC and an Adjunct Research Associate in the Cancer Survivorship Research Centre at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. Her research interests are focused on the role of physical activity across the cancer experience, namely in prevention, rehabilitation from cancer treatments, and cancer survivorship.

Associated Readings:

Canadian Physiotherapy Association – 30Reps – Rep 24 – Kristin Campbell

Santa Mina, D., et al. Exercise in clinical cancer care: a call to action and program development description. Curr Oncol. 2012 Jun: 19 (3); e136-e144. Read here.

All members of this group can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by clicking here.

Use of integrative therapies as support care for women being treated for breast cancer:  What does the evidence say?

Date: Thursday January 29, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Lynda Balneaves PhD, RN

Summary: Many breast cancer patients use complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) during and after cancer treatment to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. However, clear evidence-based practice guidelines are needed to inform clinicians and patients about the safety and effectiveness of these therapies. Lynda will discuss different types of CAT available to patients, their therapeutic claims, the current evidence/efficacy behind these claims, what clinical practice guidelines we can draw for recommending or discouraging the use of CAT as evidence-based supportive care for breast cancer patients, and why this is relevant for physical therapists in the oncology setting.

Associated Reading: Greelee H, Balneaves LG et al. Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care in Patients Treated for Breast Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2014;50:346–358

You can access the article online here.

Bio: Lynda is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and has recently been appoint as the Directory of the Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto, an Associate Professor to the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and will be a Scientist in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Her research focuses on supporting people living with cancer in making safe and informed decisions about complementary therapies, such as developing and evaluating education and decision support tools for patients, families, and health professionals.

All members of this group can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by clicking here.

Translating research into practice: Implementing community based exercise programs for cancer survivors

Date:  Thursday, September 25, 2014

Presenter:  Dr. Prue Cormie, PhD

Summary:  Dr. Cormie is visiting scientist from Australia who is overseeing a large research project across Western Australia to examine community-based exercise programs for cancer survivors, and is speaking about this experience in the webinar.  The webinar will include a facilitated discussion with Dr. Kristin Campbell on the possible differences between Australia and Canada, and how we can learn from the Australian experience.  There will also be time for Q & A.

Bio:  Dr. Prue Cormie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, who currently holds a fellowship from the Cancer Council of Western Australia. Dr Cormie is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer. She is an accomplished young researcher with a track record including 45 refereed publications, 5 book chapters/monographs, over 80 refereed conference proceedings, and 14 invited conference presentations (5 keynote). Dr. Cormie has produced influential research exploring the efficacy of exercise in counteracting adverse side effects experienced by people with cancer and especially men with prostate cancer.

All members of this group can access the recorded version of the above Webinar by clicking here.

Why is cancer treatment for breast and colon cancer neurotoxic and what are the implications for physiotherapists?

Date: April 23, 2014

Presenter: Dr. Howard Lim

Dr. Howard Lim completed his Medical Oncology training at UBC and a fellowship in GI Oncology at the Oregon Health Sciences University and B.C. Cancer Agency.  He is an active member of the Research Ethics Board, GI Outcomes Unit and Personalized Genomics Project.  He is currently the Program Director of the Medical Oncology Training Program.

This webinar does require some pre-reading. The title of the research paper is Persistent Mobility Disability After Neurotoxic Chemotherapy

The article can be accessed online via this link*:  http://ptjournal.apta.org/content/90/11/1649#BIBL

All members of this group can access the recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

Physiotherapy Perspective:  Acute care and early outpatient

Date: February 5, 2014

Presenters: Jill Kipnis, PT & Kelly Kavanagh, PT

Jill Kipnis completed a BSc in Exercise Science at Concordia University in Montreal in 1989 and a BSc in Physiotherapy from The University of Western Ontario in 1993.  She has been working as a Physiotherapist for more than 20 years at St. Pauls’ Hospital, primarily treating musculoskeletal conditions with extensive experience treating women post mastectomy and reconstructive surgery (TRAM flap, implant). Jill has a private home-based Physiotherapy business focusing on treating women post mastectomy, breast reconstruction surgery and lymph node removal. In addition to clinical practice, Jill keeps current with post-graduate courses, teaches UBC students, and has lectured on physiotherapy and exercise post breast cancer.  She was recently part of a team who developed patient information for patients post breast surgery/reconstruction.

Kelly Kavanagh is the Clinical Specialist in Outpatient Physiotherapy at St. Paul’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education specializing in Health and Fitness and minoring in Biology.  Kelly subsequently completed her degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Since graduation, she has taken numerous post-graduate orthopaedic courses. She is a co-author of “Physiotherapy After Your Breast Surgery” and a reviewer for the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Exercise After Breast Surgery A Guide for Women.” Kelly has been working at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver for 16 years. She is the Outpatient Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics as well as one of six Certified Hand Therapists in the hospital’s award-winning Hand Program. She has a strong interest in Sports Medicine and she has worked with athletes at the university, provincial and national levels.

All members of this group can access a recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

Juliana Park: GVHD | THURSDAY OCTOBER 24th, 7pm

Juliana Park, RN, MN, NP(P), nurse practitioner at BC Children’s Hospital will be reviewing current research on GVHD (graft-versus-host disease) and discussion on implications for exercise.

The related research article is:

Mello M. et al. Effect of an exercise program on muscle performance in patients undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplant. Bone Marrow Transplantation; 32: 723-728, 2003.

All members of this group can access a recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

Exercise Rehabilitation for Sarcoma Patients

Date:  Thursday, May 16, 2013

Time:  7-8:00 pm

Where:  Anywhere you have internet access!

Title:  Exercise Rehabilitation for Sarcoma Patients

Presented by, Cat Lowe, BHK & Practicing Member of the BC Association of Kinesiologists (MBCAK)

BIO:  Cat Lowe is a graduate from UBC’s Human Kinetics program and has been working in Rehabilitation Exercise for over 12 years. She has gained experience in hospital settings, working with new amputees, paraplegics and those with permanent disabilities. Through her reputation for short, successful physical rehabilitation programs, she is now working with the Surgical Oncology team at the BC Cancer Agency, assisting post-surgical patients return to their normal lives. On her days off, you can find her on a hiking trail, a Rugby pitch, or hula hooping on the Sea Wall.

All members of this group can access a recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

BC Cancer Rehabilitation Interest Webinar – “Knowledge to Action”

Date:  W, February 20th, 2013

Time:  7-8:15 pm

Where:  Anywhere you have internet access!

Title:  Knowledge to Action: Examples from two British Columbia Physiotherapists


  1. Chiara Singh – Impact of Pre-operative and Post-operative surveillance by a physiotherapist versus usual care on arm morbidity after surgery for breast cancer
  2. Karen Skarpnes –  Starting a resistance training program for breast cancer survivors: From New England Journal of Medicine to Prince Rupert in 5 (easy) steps!

All members of this group can access a recorded version of the above webinar by clicking here.

British Columbia Cancer Rehabilitation Interest Network Event – free Journal Club Webinar

Please join us for another journal club session – Exercise Rehabilitation in patients with cancer!

Date:  Wednesday November 7th

Time: 7:00-8:15 pm

Where:  Anywhere you have internet access!

Host:  Kristin Campbell, PT, PhD

Format:  Brief review of the paper and main points/findings, followed by a facilitated discussion of the main findings and implications for physiotherapists and exercise professionals.

To register:  Please register for the (free) event at  bccrn-webinar.eventbrite.com and you will be provided with webinar login information.

Paper:  Lakoski SG, Eves ND, Douglas PS, Jones LW. Exercise rehabilitation in patients with cancer. Nature reviews. Clinical oncology, 2012. 9(5): p. 288-96.

Paper Abstract:  Emerging evidence indicates that patients with cancer have considerable impairments in cardiorespiratory fitness, which is likely to be a result of the direct toxic effects of anticancer therapy as well as the indirect consequences secondary to therapy (for example, deconditioning). This reduced cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with heightened symptoms, functional dependence, and possibly with an increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Current understanding of the complex interaction between the effects of the tumour and cancer-associated therapies on the organ components that govern cardiorespiratory fitness, and the effects of exercise training on these parameters is limited; further research will be critical for further progress of exercise-based rehabilitation in the oncology setting. We assess the current evidence regarding the level, mechanisms, and clinical importance of diminished cardiorespiratory fitness in patients with cancer. The efficacy and adaptations to exercise training to prevent and/or mitigate dysfunction in conjunction with exercise prescription considerations for clinical use are also discussed.

UPDATE – Access to paper:

To access the paper for the next journal club, please review the following options:

  • PABC members can email the wonderful librarian, Deb, at librarian@bcphysio.orgto request the paper as it is not open access.
    • Note: PABC may provide a single copy of an article for your personal research and study only. We advise you to know the copyright status of materials you are using and to comply with the Copyright Act: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C-42/index.html

Research Guiding Practice. Practice Changing Lives.

Registration is Open for the 2013 TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Multidisciplinary Conference !

Conference Speakers:  


Dr. Andrea Cheville

Physical Medicine and Rehab, Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN


Dr. Pamela Levangie

Department of Physical Therapy

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Boston, MA


Dr. Sheryl Gabram-Mendola

Surgeon, Emory University & Avon Breast Center at Grady

Atlanta, GA


Dr.  G.Stephen Morris

Physical Therapist, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, TN


Dr. Andrea Pusic

Plastic Surgeon, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

New York, NY


Dr. Katie Schmitz

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Robert Smith

Director – Cancer Screening, American Cancer Society

Atlanta, GA


Nicole Stout

Physical Therapist and Clinical Researcher

Washington, DC


Dr. Mylin Torres

Radiation Oncologist, Emory University

Atlanta, GA


Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone

Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University

Portland, OR


With very special lunch speaker Lori Allen, TLC Star of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and breast cancer survivor.

Lori Allen




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