Cancer, Palliative care & Lymphoedema and Musculoskeletal group combined event.
Cancer pain management just like any form of chronic pain needs to follow a Biopsychosocial model. Historically management has often favoured the biological management (cancer treatment and opioids) and (sometimes) psychological sequelae that come with having a cancer diagnosis or undergoing treatment. In more recent times, as cancer treatments have become more effective and more people are surviving, there has been an increasing awareness that many are left quite deconditioned and continuing to suffer from chronic pain (that may be due to the effects of cancer treatments, or be pre-existing MSK pain). The need for reactivation despite this ongoing pain has therefore become more of a target and in this context, the possible benefits of having physiotherapy involvement are being recognised. This talk will look at aspects such as integration of biological, psychological and physical interventions once a cancer diagnosis is made, timing of physiotherapy intervention based on disease management and patient education about their ongoing pain. But most importantly highlighting the importance of how improving ones functional capacity can translate to an overall improvement in their quality of life as a cancer survivor.
This lecture is available to students.
Presenter Tumelo Dube, APAM
Date 16 August 2018
Registrations close 15 August 2018
Tumelo Dube is a Physiotherapist at the Pain Management and Research Centre located at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He completed his Bachelors degrees in Exercise and Sports Science and Physiotherapy at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. He went on to do a Masters of Medicine Science (Pain Management) at Sydney University. Currently he is starting to wade into the research world and has recently completed a CBT skills training course.
Clinically Tumelo has worked in aged care and post-surgical rehabilitation where pain management was always a key feature. He further pursued his interest in pain management at the Pain Management and Research Centre where he is involved in the ADAPT and BPSM Pain management programs along clinical assessment and management of complex chronic pain patients. Apart from his clinical work he is an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association as the NSW committee member for the Pain Network.