KORT offers free program to help current, post-cancer patients through physical therapy

Published 1:39 pm Monday, June 17, 2019

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By Brittany Fuller
KORT Physical Therapy in Nicholasville will be offering a free lunch and learn event focusing on its Cancer Rehab ReVital program, which aids patients suffering from the effects of cancer through physical therapy.
Held from noon to 1 p.m. June 19, the event will be at 102 Williams Road, and will feature speaker Katie Filiatreau, a certified cancer rehabilitation specialist and physical therapist at KORT Nicholasville.
The program is intended to help educate the community on how physical therapy can benefit someone who is currently or has previously been treated for cancer.
The clinic asks those who are planning to attend to RSVP, so a proper head count can be made for the free lunch which will be offered at the event.
“Cancer affects everyone, and cancer rehab is a specialty that many cancer patients aren’t informed about or may not even know exist,” KORT Nicholasville Clinic Director Matt Lee said. “We are excited to hold this event for the Nicholasville community and especially to help aid the cancer patient population. We want to educate as much as possible about the side effects of cancer treatment and surgery, and how you don’t always have to live with the pain those things may have caused.”
Filiatreau attended Georgetown College studying exercise science, after which she attended physical therapy school at University of Kentucky and graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2012. Specializing in orthopedics, her interests involve evaluating and treating student-athletes, as well as the cancer population.
“Dr. Katie Filiatreau has extensive training in this area and will share what physical therapy at KORT can do to help survivors resume meaningful activities and regain strength, energy and stamina,” Lee said.
Filiatreau said, not only will the program detail the benefits of physical therapy for cancer patients both current and post-treatment, but it will offer the opportunity for those who attend a way to interact with individuals throughout the community and advance their network of others who may have experienced or are currently experiencing the same issues.
“The presentation will provide an overview of how physical therapy can benefit someone who is currently being treated for cancer and/or has had cancer in the past,” Filiatreau said. “We have found that individuals may suffer side effects from cancer treatments such as surgery, chemo and radiation for many years after their treatment has been completed.”
Filiatreau said there is no expectations or qualifications to attend the lunch and learn.
“We are looking to provide an educational opportunity for members of our community in order to facilitate learning more about cancer, effects of treatment and how physical therapy can be a benefit to those in our community suffering from cancer,” Filiatreau said.
KORT is hopeful the program will help people gain a different understanding of what cancer does to the body and the effects of the life-saving treatments which are offered. She said some survivors may silently struggle with fatigue and low energy even though they are cancer free.
“We are excited about cancer rehab, because it is helping a whole group of people who were never reached in this way,” said Holly Ratliff, marketing representative for KORT. “Cancer treatments are much more effective today than in that past, resulting in more survivors than ever. It is our goal to help these survivors to learn physical therapy treatments that can make them feel strong and energetic.”
For more information or to RSVP, call 859-881-0333.

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