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.