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Insights Into Cancer – May 10, 2016

Physical Therapy for Recovery after Undergoing Cancer Treatments: Restoring Mobility, Strength, and Wellness

Presented by Frances Ente, DPT, CLT and Termeh Toufanian, OPT, CLT

About the Lecture

Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can leave you feeling pain, stiffness, weakness, and fatigue. Other side effects may include: skin changes, scar tissue, neuropathy, and lymphedema. Discover how physical therapy can help you recover after undergoing treatment for cancer by developing an individualized program to address your needs and goals. During this lecture, we will discuss different treatment options such as manual therapy, stretches, exercises, compression garments and lymphedema risk reduction/management. An interdisciplinary approach is key to restoring mobility, strength, and wellness to return to your prior lifestyle/activity level.

About the Speakers

Frances Ente, DPT, CLT came to UCLA in 2011. She got her Masters and Doctorate degrees in physical therapy from Ithaca College. She then went on to become a certified lymphedema therapist in 2012 from the Norton School. Working in our Veteran outpatient clinic, she sees patient’s experiencing orthopedic and neurological conditions, as well as vascular insufficiency and multiple oncological diagnoses. Over the past 2 years, she has been working to Increase MD and patient education on the benefits of physical therapy and rehabilitation for improving health and wellness for patient’s diagnosed with cancer.

Termeh Toufanian, DPT, CLT received her Decorate from USC in 2011, began working at UCLA in 2012, and became a certified lymphedema therapist through the Norton School in 2013. Like Frances, she works with a wide range of dianoses, and most recently became certified in treating the pelvic floor which is geared towards urinary incontinence and pain after treatment for prostate, ovarian, uterine, and colorectal cancers. Treating such a broad spectrum of conditions helps develop a multisystem approach to best address all of the patient’s needs.

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