Brian T. Swanson
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The National Cancer Institute reports that 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. Studies have demonstrated that over half of cancer survivors age 55 and over have fallen in the past year, possibly as a result of treatment and subsequent muscle weakness, difficulty with balance, and impaired walking. Multiple studies have looked at the long term effects of cancer treatment and survivorship, but few studies look at interventions to combat decline in function. The purpose of this case report was to report the interventions utilized in the treatment of an individual post-cancer treatment, with the intention of decreasing future fall risk by addressing three modifiable factors: muscle weakness, balance impairment, and walking difficulty.
The case report paper for this poster can be found here:
O'Kelly, Kristin, "Functional Training To Reduce Fall Risk In A Patient Following Cancer Treatment: A Case Report" (2015). Case Report Posters. Poster 56.