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Current Concepts in Cancer Rehabilitation

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Health care providers and the community will obtain useful information to improve awareness and education regarding the needs of patients undergoing cancer rehabilitation and improving quality of life for survivors.


Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, exercise physiologists and others involved in the care of patients undergoing cancer rehabilitation may benefit from attendance.


  • Describe the cancer rehabilitation continuum, including prehabilitation strategies to optimize outcomes.
  • Review financial strategies for the provision of cancer rehabilitation.
  • Discuss surgical techniques and therapeutic options for minimizing lymphedema.
  • Review exercise interventions to improve wellness, function and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Discuss psychological and social strategies to optimize pediatric, adult and geriatric cancer survival.



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 13.75 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. More information is available via the State Board of Nursing website.

Physical Therapy

Lebanon Valley College is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. Physical therapists will receive a certificate of attendance for 13.75 contact hours, which may be used toward PA State Licensure requirements.

Patient Safety/Risk

This program includes 13.75 hours of patient safety/risk management education as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

Social Work

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Pa. Code Sections 47.36(a)(3), 48.36(a)(3), and 49.36(a)(3). Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn 13.75 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.

Occupational Therapy

Elizabethtown College is an approved provider for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure. Occupational therapists will receive a certificate verifying their participation for 13.75 hours of approved continuing education which may be used toward PA State Licensure Continued Competency requirements and NBCOT certification renewal.


Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant. See Hershey-area lodging options here.

Room Block

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey PA 17033.

Deadline for the room block is Feb. 11, 2019. Rate is $159 in the standard room block, plus applicable taxes. Rooms reserved after this date are at regular rates and will be based on availability.

For reservations, call 855-729-3108 or reserve online.

When reserving, use the group name Physical Medicine and Rehab.

Penn State Faculty

George Blackall, PsyD, MS, MBA
Professor of Pediatrics, Humanities and Psychiatry
Penn State College of Medicine

Valerie Brown, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Penn State Cancer Institute

David Gater Jr., MD, PhD, MS
Professor, Rocco Ortenzio Chair and Program Director
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Penn State College of Medicine

Kristina Newport, MD, FAAHPM
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Palliative Care
Penn State College of Medicine

Shangming Zhang, MD
Associate Professor
Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Penn State College of Medicine

Invited Faculty

Bernard Lee, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS
Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Tori Marchese, PhD, PT
Associate Professor
Interim Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Sueann Mark, PhD, MS, RN, AOCNS
Nurse Navigator
Department of Radiology, Breast Imaging Section
University of California
San Francisco, CA

Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow
Associate Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Communication
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Patrick Martone, DO
Fellow, Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
National Rehabilitation Hospital
Washington, DC

Maureen McBeth, MPT, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Lymphology Association of North America
M. McBeth Consulting, LLC
Lymphedema Patient by Forever Fit
Columbia, MD

G. Stephen Morris, PhD, PT, FACSM
Distinguished Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Wingate University
Wingate, NC

Mackenzi Pergolotti, PhD, OTR/L
Director of Research
ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation
Select Medical
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Colorado State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fort Collins, CO and Chapel Hill, NC

Ann Marie Potter, PhD, OTR/L
Program Director
Occupational Therapy Program
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center
Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA

Vishwa Raj, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief of Cancer Rehabilitation
Levine Cancer Institute
Director of Oncology Rehabilitation
Medical Director
Carolinas Rehabilitation
Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC

Julie Silver, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Chair and Director of Cancer Rehabilitation
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Boston, MA


7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 28, 2019

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In
  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcome
    David Gater Jr., MD, PhD, MS
    Shangming Zhang, MD, Conference Director
  • 8 a.m. | Introducing Evidence-Based Cancer Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation into Oncology Care Continuum: Barriers and Opportunities
    Julie Silver, MD
  • 8:45 a.m. | Financial Aspects of Delivering Cancer Rehabilitation
    Vishwa Raj, MD
  • 9:30 a.m. | Break/Exhibits
  • 10 a.m. | Experimental Therapeutics for Pediatric Oncology
    Valerie Brown, MD, PhD
  • 10:45 a.m. | Psychological Challenges for Survivors of Childhood Cancer
    George Blackall, PsyD, MS, MBA
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch/Exhibits
  • 12:30 p.m. | Challenges with Gait and Functional Movement in Childhood Leukemia Survivors: Solutions for Improvement
    Tori Marchese, PhD, PT
  • 1:15 p.m. | The Utility of Exercise-Based Interventions as Adjunct Therapy for Cancer Survivors
    G. Stephen Morris, PhD, PT, FACSM
  • 2 p.m. | Break/Exhibits
  • 2:15 p.m. | Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Training
    Patrick Martone, DO
  • 3 p.m. | When Will I be Back to Normal? Cognitive and Psychosocial Considerations for the Rehab Provider
    Ann Marie Potter, PhD, OTR/L
  • 3:45 p.m. | Town Hall – Cancer Survivors: Regaining Abundant Life
  • 5:30 p.m. | Adjournment

7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. March 29, 2019

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In
  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcome
    Shangming Zhang, MD, Conference Director
  • 8 a.m. | Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy
    Bernard Lee, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS
  • 8:45 a.m. | Lymphedema Management from Prospective Surveillance to Surgery: What You Need to Know Now
    Maureen McBeth, MPT, CLT-LANA
  • 9:30 a.m. | Break
  • 10 a.m. | Palliative Care and Pain Management for Cancer
    Kristina Newport, MD, FAAHPM
  • 10:45 a.m. | Standardized, Cross-System Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
    Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. | Aging and Cancer Survivorship
    Mackenzi Pergolotti, PhD, OTR/L
  • 1:15 p.m. | Sexuality and Cancer
    Sueann Mark, PhD, MS, RN, AOCNS
  • 2 p.m. | Break
  • 2:15 p.m. | Rehabilitation Management of Cancer Treatment Complications (Chemotherapy and Radiation)
    Shangming Zhang, MD
  • 3 p.m. | Rehabilitation Management of Cancer Treatment Complications (Fatigue, Anticoagulation, Anemia, Thrombocytopenia, Neutropenia)
    Shangming Zhang, MD
  • 3:45 p.m. | Adjourn


Fee includes refreshment breaks, instruction, online handout materials and lunch.

Early Bird fee – before March 7, 2019

  • $199 for health care professionals
  • $25 for the public/non-health care professionals
  • Free for the first 25 students

After March 7, 2019

  • $279 for health care professionals
  • $50 for the public/non-health care professionals and students after the first 25 registered

For the public/non-health care professionals and students, no professional credits or certificates will be issued. Students must fax verification of student status to 717-531-5604 or email

Registrations received after March 27, 2019 will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after March 20, 2019, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after March 24, 2019.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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