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Inspiring Advocacy

Inspiring Advocacy Downloaded from http://journals.lww.com/rehabonc by BhDMf5ePHKbH4TTImqenVJ2toCr/9wZZjwPUWvYES9l2nY+zyylnl33NGMK6MRsx on 10/01/2020 PRESIDENT’S P ERSPECTIVE Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT President, Academy of Oncology Physical Therapy. Each year after attending APTA’s Combined Sections the needs of our patients including access to our care and Meeting (CSM), I walk away inspired by the camaraderie, other rehabilitation services. It comes natural for us as a knowledge, dedication, and passion that the members and profession that serves others. APTA Oncology has a long leaders of APTA Oncology possess. This was clearly evi- history of advocating for improved accessibility, equality, dent this year during APTA Oncology’s strategic planning and affordability of oncologic physical therapy. We see out- meeting, business meeting, educational sessions, platform reach throughout our community on the listserv, through presentations, and poster session. It is always a busy meet- increased research about need, efficacy and care delivery, ing made manageable by the connections with colleagues, and our offering of regional education courses. We suc- leaders, alumni, and friends. In reflecting on the shared cessfully advocated for recognition of oncologic physical conversations and thoughts, a common theme of advocacy therapy as an area of specialty practice. We have worked emerged. to increase oncologic physical therapy’s footprint across Literature suggests that a majority of cancer survivors cancer-related affiliate organizations such as the Commis- have at least one physical impairment that oftentimes sion on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for goes unaddressed. Despite the evidence demonstrating the Breast Centers, and other physical therapy organizations need, patients still do not always get referred to necessary such as the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. rehabilitative services. This is where our profession must Through all of these efforts, we have made great advance- answer the call to advocate for our patients and bridge this ments in championing for our patients and highlighting gap in access. In addition to improved access to services, the importance of our profession to improve the quality of we must continue to address and improve in the areas of life for those with a cancer diagnosis. education, research, and cost to drive our field forward. Despite progress and success made over time, more As physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, needs to be done at the international, national, and local we are no strangers to advocacy. We often advocate for levels. The Academy will continue its commitment to this effort. I’d like to challenge all to consider what we can do as individuals and groups to advance oncologic physical ther- apy. Teddy Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, where you Rehabilitation Oncology Copyright 2020 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. are, with what you have.” I believe this speaks to the very spirit of each of us and know it will carry us forward. Our The author declares no conflicts of interest past achievements have demonstrated we are a powerful Correspondence: Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT, Memorial Sloan Ket- force, and I look forward to our future collective success. tering Cancer Center, 515 Madison Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022 Best regards, ([email protected]). DOI: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000226 Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT Rehabilitation Oncology Inspiring Advocacy 101 Copyright © 2020 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited. Downloaded from http://journals.lww.com/rehabonc by BhDMf5ePHKbH4TTImqenVJ2toCr/9wZZjwPUWvYES9l2nY+zyylnl33NGMK6MRsx on 10/01/2020 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

Inspiring Advocacy

Rehabilitation Oncology , Volume 38 (3) – Jul 1, 2020

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Downloaded from http://journals.lww.com/rehabonc by BhDMf5ePHKbH4TTImqenVJ2toCr/9wZZjwPUWvYES9l2nY+zyylnl33NGMK6MRsx on 10/01/2020 PRESIDENT’S P ERSPECTIVE Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT President, Academy of Oncology Physical Therapy. Each year after attending APTA’s Combined Sections the needs of our patients including access to our care and Meeting (CSM), I walk away inspired by the camaraderie, other rehabilitation services. It comes natural for us as a knowledge, dedication, and passion that the members and profession that serves others. APTA Oncology has a long leaders of APTA Oncology possess. This was clearly evi- history of advocating for improved accessibility, equality, dent this year during APTA Oncology’s strategic planning and affordability of oncologic physical therapy. We see out- meeting, business meeting, educational sessions, platform reach throughout our community on the listserv, through presentations, and poster session. It is always a busy meet- increased research about need, efficacy and care delivery, ing made manageable by the connections with colleagues, and our offering of regional education courses. We suc- leaders, alumni, and friends. In reflecting on the shared cessfully advocated for recognition of oncologic physical conversations and thoughts, a common theme of advocacy therapy as an area of specialty practice. We have worked emerged. to increase oncologic physical therapy’s footprint across Literature suggests that a majority of cancer survivors cancer-related affiliate organizations such as the Commis- have at least one physical impairment that oftentimes sion on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for goes unaddressed. Despite the evidence demonstrating the Breast Centers, and other physical therapy organizations need, patients still do not always get referred to necessary such as the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. rehabilitative services. This is where our profession must Through all of these efforts, we have made great advance- answer the call to advocate for our patients and bridge this ments in championing for our patients and highlighting gap in access. In addition to improved access to services, the importance of our profession to improve the quality of we must continue to address and improve in the areas of life for those with a cancer diagnosis. education, research, and cost to drive our field forward. Despite progress and success made over time, more As physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, needs to be done at the international, national, and local we are no strangers to advocacy. We often advocate for levels. The Academy will continue its commitment to this effort. I’d like to challenge all to consider what we can do as individuals and groups to advance oncologic physical ther- apy. Teddy Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, where you Rehabilitation Oncology Copyright 2020 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. are, with what you have.” I believe this speaks to the very spirit of each of us and know it will carry us forward. Our The author declares no conflicts of interest past achievements have demonstrated we are a powerful Correspondence: Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT, Memorial Sloan Ket- force, and I look forward to our future collective success. tering Cancer Center, 515 Madison Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022 Best regards, ([email protected]). DOI: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000226 Laura Sheridan, PT, DPT, CLT Rehabilitation Oncology Inspiring Advocacy 101 Copyright © 2020 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited. Downloaded from http://journals.lww.com/rehabonc by BhDMf5ePHKbH4TTImqenVJ2toCr/9wZZjwPUWvYES9l2nY+zyylnl33NGMK6MRsx on 10/01/2020

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