Summer 2015




Dear Colleagues,

This summer many of our colleagues in the ACRM Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group (CRNG) participated in a major initiative to examine the state of the science led by the Rehabilitation Medicine Department (RMD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) together with the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

A panel of subject matter experts met beginning in September 2014 and then hosted a conference on June 8th and 9th at the NIH that was open to clinicians, researchers, academicians, stakeholders and others involved in cancer rehabilitation and/or survivorship care. The conference highlighted many opportunities for the CRNG to advance cancer rehabilitation research and clinical care, and we’ll be working with our members on “next steps.”

We are excited to share that for the second year in a row, there will be a continuous track of cancer rehabilitation educational content at the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference this fall. We are also pleased to have three new awards for the Best Scientific Poster in Cancer Rehab, New Investigator Poster Award in Cancer Rehab, and Excellence in Cancer Rehab.

We are also pleased to let you know that the CRNG now has four task forces that are working hard on some new initiatives.

Last, but not least, we are committed to providing educational opportunities and mentorship for the next generation of cancer rehabilitation professionals. As part of this, we are inviting residents and others to serve on a CRNG task force. Below there is more information about this opportunity.

Whether you are in training or not, we’d love to hear from you and learn how to better support your work in cancer rehabilitation! Please contact us and tell us what you are thinking, whether you’d like to become more involved with the CRNG and how we can help you to advance cancer rehabilitation care.

With Warm Regards,
Julie Silver, MD
Vish Raj, MD

About the CRNG

At the ACRM Annual Conference in 2013, the CRNG was recognized by the ACRM Board of Governors. The CRNG is comprised of interdisciplinary professionals who desire to improve the educational and networking opportunities for ACRM membership in cancer rehabilitation research, education, clinical care and policy in order to improve the lives of people who have...
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CRNG Task Forces

Work of the CRNG is carried out by various task forces, which promote cutting-edge research, establish standards of care in cancer rehabilitation, and offer an interdisciplinary forum for development of state-of-the-art rehabilitation practice. Contact a task force chair to learn about opportunities to participate. CRNG task forces include: Education Co-Chair: Sean Smith, MD Co-Chair: Nicole...
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How Do I Join the CRNG?

There is NO fee to join the CRNG!!  Join today. However, to participate in a leadership role on a CRNG task force, ACRM membership is required. ACRM offers Regular/International, Early-Career, Student/Resident/Fellow, and Consumer Memberships, ranging from $85 — $350 per year. Join online today or contact Member Services, +1.703.435.5335.   Already an ACRM Member? Join...
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Are You in Training and Want to Become Involved in the CRNG?

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for residents, fellows and other healthcare professionals in training who want to become involved with the CRNG! This is a terrific opportunity to be mentored in cancer rehabilitation. Each person that is selected will serve on a task force and take an active role in advancing cancer...
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Update: Outcomes and Research Task Force

We’ve had several productive meetings the past 6 months. In addition to the 2 chairs, the Research Task Force now has 3 members. Catherine Alfano, PhD, Vice President of Cancer Survivorship American Cancer Society Kathleen Lyons, ScD, Assistant Professor Psychiatry Dartmouth College Raymond McKenna, PT, PhD, Associate Professor Stonybrook University We are currently exploring the...
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Update: Education Task Force

The Education Task Force continued to recruit experts to present strong content at the 2015 ACRM conference in Dallas. The symposia at the meeting will represent the most robust track on Cancer Rehabilitation ever assembled. Going forward, the Education Task Force will focus on strengthening national education on Cancer Rehabilitation and working to provide more...
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ACRM Annual Conference 2015 Update

The 2015 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research will be held 25 – 30 October in Dallas, TX. We have a 4-day continuous track for cancer rehabilitation content at this meeting! It starts with two intensive pre-conference instructional courses on Tuesday, 27 OCT and the chance to earn an extra 8 hours of CMEs/CEUs....
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Recent Publications in Cancer Rehabilitation

Siegel G, Biermann JS, Chugh, R et al. The multidisciplinary management of bone and soft tissue sarcoma: an essential organizational framework. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2015;8: 109-115. Carpenter PA, Kitko CL, Elad S, et al.  National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Project on Criteria for Clinical Trials in Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease: V. The 2014 Ancillary Therapy...
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