September 20, 2018: Although falls tend to be prevalent among the elderly, cancer survivors have a higher prevalence of falls than do people who haven’t been treated for the disease. Even worse, various significant health consequences of falls may be more likely and extensive in cancer survivors.
The good news, though, is that such individuals hardly are doomed to sustain external and internal injuries in falls. In fact, there’s much that can be done to mitigate the risk of falling, through both education and proactive steps.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Elizabeth Hile discusses the reasons for increased falls susceptibility in cancer survivors, red flags to heed, and ways in which physical therapy and certain types of community resources can help.
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Elizabeth Hile, PT, PhD, is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurology, assistant professor of rehabilitation sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences (OUHSC), and director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Science Program at the National Cancer Institute-designated OUHSC Stephenson Cancer Center. Her active teaching, research, and clinical service focus is on cancer survivorship, specifically the detection and management of accelerated aging syndromes in cancer, including falls, sarcopenia, and neuropathy. Her team designed a prospective surveillance model for imbalance and falls in breast cancer survivors that they are now expanding to bone marrow transplant candidates, and survivors of gynecologic and gastrointestinal cancers.