No prior lymphedema certification is required!
This two-day course provides essential knowledge of outpatient therapeutic approaches in breast cancer care. A comprehensive review of current diagnostic, surgical, radiation, reconstructive and medical oncologic management for breast cancer is included. Special attention is given to the evaluation, differential diagnosis, and treatment of axillary web syndrome (cording) and postural and scapular dysfunction as well as upper-quadrant soft-tissue changes following breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. An up-to-date review of recent research findings regarding breast cancer-related lymphedema will also be presented. Instruction is provided through lecture, case studies, lab, and digital video presentations. Each day will be divided into two sections: theoretical and hands-on application.
Course Educational Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Instructional Methods: Lectures and hands-on lab.
AOTA Classification: Occupational therapy Process – Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes
- Common forms of BrCA
- Risk factors for BrCA
- Treatments (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted agents) and factors important in treatment choices (biochemical, genetic, hormonal)
- Side effects of BrCA treatments (especially Axillary Web Syndrome and resultant hypo-mobility) and methods for treating side effects
- Pre-op and post-op assessment
- Evaluation and billing/coding
- Breast cancer reconstruction and prosthetics
- Lymphedema research, risk-reduction, and screening
- The importance of exercise in reducing recurrence, addressing bone density issues, controlling and reducing body fat, and decreasing lymphedema risk.
- LAB: Soft-tissue mobilization with movement to facilitate improved range of motion of the upper extremities and to resolve soft tissue adhesions
- Case studies demonstrating application of covered techniques
- Recognize the different types of breast cancers and their treatments.
- Diagnostic procedures and staging
- Surgical procedures
- Oncologic treatment
- Radiation oncologic treatments
- Reconstructive procedures
- Identify common sequelae and side effects of breast cancer treatments.
- Identify techniques for evaluating, determining the differential diagnosis of, and treating patients with axillary web syndrome, upper quarter soft tissue dysfunction, and postural and scapular dysfunction following breast cancer treatments.
- Execute soft-tissue mobilization techniques appropriate for facilitation of improved range of motion of the upper extremities and resolution of soft tissue adhesions.
- Convey basic information regarding lymphedema and infection-prevention techniques to help educate breast cancer patients.
- Identify the benefits of exercise for breast cancer patients.
- Identify the stages of tissue healing and when to adjust the treatment of a breast cancer patient based on their stage of tissue healing.
Jodi was certified as an MLD/CDT Therapist by Klose Norton Training & Consulting in 1998. She received her CLT-LANA Certification in October, 2001.
In 2000, Jodi joined Cedars Sinai Medical Center where she worked to develop and expand the oncology and lymphedema program in Los Angeles for seven years. Since 2007, she has treated patients with lymphedema, cancer-related dysfunction, and orthopedic issues at Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
In addition to her work as a full-time clinician, Jodi has served as a class instructor for Klose Training & Consulting’s Lymphedema Therapy Certification course since 2000. She is also the author and instructor for one of Klose Training’s most successful continuing education courses, “Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.”
Jodi has taught and presented at courses and conferences across the United States and in Europe on the topics of lymphedema and breast cancer rehabilitation.
NOTE: This course is geared toward enhancing the practice and knowledge of Physical and Occupational Therapists and Assistants treating breast cancer patients; parts of this course may be outside the scope of practice for Massage Therapists. It is the responsibility of all health professionals to ensure that they work within the limits of their license.
To successfully complete this course, the student must participate fully in the lab portions of the course and pass an in-classroom quiz with a score of 80% or better.