This course will review cancer pathophysiology; its treatment and impact on body systems and functions; balance; fall risk; and
chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in cancer survivors. Based on the analyses of the population-based data from the
Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) and Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS), the speakers will introduce a
prospective surveillance model to improve outcomes of balance and fall risks in older cancer survivors. Participants will be
able to use the data gathered from the history, review of systems, systems review, examination, and evaluation to identify cancer
survivors who are at risk of balance disorders, falls, or chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. The speakers will emphasize
the use of evidence based screening tools and outcomes measures, and use lab case studies to address evidence-based application of
Meet our Speakers
Lucinda A. Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy (PT) from Ithaca College in
1979, a master's in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation in 1984 and a PhD in Exercise Physiology in 1989, both from The Ohio
State University. Dr. Pfalzer joined University of Michigan (UM)-Flint as an Assistant Professor in June of 1986. She was promoted
to Associate professor in 1992, Full Professor in 1998, and Professor Emerita in 2014. She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow
of the APTA in 2007.
Genevieve Colon, PT, DPT is a practicing physical therapist and adjunct professor at Mid-Michigan Community College in
Mount Pleasant, MI. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the
University of Michigan – Flint. She has served on the APTA Oncology Sections’ Breast Cancer EDGE Task Force of Outcome Measures on
Balance in 2014-2015, as well as many other EDGE Task Force initiatives through the Oncology Section of the APTA. She has presented
her research along with her fellow authors at multiple national conferences to date and is published in peer-reviewed journals such
as Rehabilitation Oncology.
Jennifer Blackwood PT, PhD is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical
Therapy Specialties since 2008. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University,
Masters of Physical Therapy and Bachelors of Health Science from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Biology
from Bowling Green State University. Her research focuses on examining relationships between cognition deficits and physical
mobility/fall risk in older adults.