Considerations of Mobility for Oncology Patients


Date: 11/3/20
Credit: .1 CEU
Presenter: Stephanie Cooley, OTR/L ATP
Medical Terminology. Seating and Positioning, ATP/SMS Prep Content, Intermediate Level



When individuals receive a diagnosis of cancer, there are many elements of treatment to process and comprehend. Participating in rehabilitation has become a common path to help individuals achieve the necessary steps for discharge home. Rehab therapists are readily equipped to understand the neuro recovery and rehabilitation process, but most therapists have not been trained in oncology care and these diagnoses can be confusing to interpret. Individuals with cancer present at various stages with a wide array of treatments. The side effects can be daunting, presenting complex comorbidities. This session will break down the specific variables and help the audience understand what equipment is best suited for the client’s goals. The audience will benefit from the presenter’s volume of experience with balancing the clients’ needs and funding limitations as well as how to navigate the medical records to achieve reimbursement for equipment that does not fit into the funding matrix.

Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to identify 3 variables involved in cancer treatment.
The participant will be able to identify one or more rehabilitation protocols for seating and positioning evaluation, including discharge follow through.
The participant will be able to identify 2 or more mobility solutions for oncology clients.

Stephanie has over 9 years as an occupational therapist at Dodd Hall inpatient rehabilitation. She is the lead therapist of the wheelchair seating clinic and received her ATP in 2012. Stephanie works in adult neuro rehabilitation and is an active participant in Dodd Hall’s CARF specialty certification programs. Stephanie is a regular attendee of the International Seating Symposium and recently has expanded her role in presenting by participating in regular Grand Rounds at Dodd Hall and the Assistive Technology center as well as the Ohio OT Association.