The ICPTO 2020 is organized by the Dutch Institute of Allied Health Care (NPi), the Association of Danish Physiotherapists (DFys), the Danish Society of Oncological and Palliative Physiotherapy (DOPF), and the Danish Society of Lymph therapists (DSFL).



Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee I am delighted to invite you to join us at the second International Conference on Physical Therapy in Oncology (ICPTO), which will take place in Copenhagen on May 14 and 15, 2020. Mark these dates in your calendar!

Physical therapists play a pivotal role in helping patients cope with side- and long-term effects of cancer and cancer treatment such as fatigue, deconditioning, musculoskeletal impairments and lymphedema. Physical therapy in oncology has made marked steps forward in the past two decades. With this conference, we aim to bring together physical therapists from around the globe, to share knowledge, exchange best practice, and update knowledge based on recent scientific developments.

The overall theme for the meeting is ‘When Research meets Clinical Practice’. Denmark has a reputation for implementing research into daily practice. Studies like ‘Body and Cancer’ – a multimodal exercise intervention for patients with mixed cancer diagnosis undergoing chemotherapy – is for example offered to all eligible patients throughout the country. Also ‘FC Prostate’ – men with prostate cancer playing soccer – has been implemented in eight soccer clubs around the country and ‘EXHALE’ – exercise for patients with advanced lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy – is offered in the region of Copenhagen. Furthermore, as all patients with cancer by law are entitled to receive rehabilitation, all municipalities in Denmark offer cancer rehabilitation. As such this meeting will be a great venue to network with physical therapists from all over the world that provide cancer rehabilitation every day.

The meeting will contain plenary sessions regarding the role of physical therapy in oncology, and workshops focusing on the management of musculoskeletal sequelae to cancer treatment, exercise interventions aimed at reducing side- and long-term effects, and aspects of exercise physiology in cancer. The speakers are internationally recognized researchers, clinical experts or professional leaders. In addition, poster presentations and thematic poster presentations will enable you to highlight your own research.

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, is a vibrant, modern city which is easy to get around by public transportation, foot or bike! Copenhagen has many unique attractions such as the National Museum of Denmark, the Royal Danish Theatre, Nyhavn Harbor, the Copenhagen Zoo, the Tivoli Gardens, the walking street ‘Strøget’, the Queens Palace ‘Amalienborg’, Freetown Christiania, and the Little Mermaid statue.

Please share this invitation with any colleagues who might be interested in attending. Meanwhile, I look forward to welcoming you to the ICPTO 2020!

Warmest regards,

Morten Quist

Morten Quist, PhD, MSc, Program Chair
Physical therapist / researcher
University Hospital of Copenhagen, Department of Health Science
University of Copenhagen

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Thursday May 14th and Friday May 15th 2020


About the conference

The format of the conference will be a mix of plenary sessions and parallel sessions, giving the participants the opportunity to choose special areas of interest.
On May 13th and 16th there will be pre- and post-conference courses. These courses will be conducted by experts in the field of oncology and physical therapy.

Parallel sessions
The parallel sessions will have a varied focus: some will focus on clinical practice, other parallel sessions on scientific research, and other ones are thematic poster presentations.

All accepted posters are exhibited, and some of the posters will be presented during the parallel sessions.

Pre- and post-conference courses
For an overview of all pre- and post-conference courses on May 13th and May 16th, 2020 click here


●  09.00-12.00  Movement preparation: an essential component to improve the success of functional training in cancer survivors
●  09.00-12.00  The role and treatment of the fascial system as a part of lymphedema treatment in cancer patients
●  13.00-16.00  Practical High Intensity Interval Training. ‘HIIT’ group training in patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer: Practical applications with participants from “Body and Cancer”
●  13.00-16.00  Exercise and its role in the prevention and treatment of lymphedema


●  09.00-16.00  The role of exercise in oncology rehabilitation: new insights
●  09.00-12.00  Skeletal adaptations to exercise training in the context of cancer
●  13.00-16.00  Embedding a rehabilitative approach in a palliative care setting: challenges and solutions

Clinical visits
Also clinical visits will be offered as a possibility on May 13th.
Only conference participants can sign up for the pre- and post-conference courses and the clinical visits.

Four main conference themes

The four main themes of the 2nd ICPTO are:

Frailty, muscle function and muscle structure
Physical exercise has the potential to help maintain or slow down the loss of physical function, as well as to sustain and build muscle mass.
This session will give an overview of the literature – the rationale for resistance training – and clinical examples of resistance training for patients with cancer.

Secondary lymphedema is a prevalent consequence of cancer treatment, and is associated with considerable morbidity in affected individuals.
On this conference you will be provided with new knowledge regarding inflammation, manual lymph drainage, and physical exercises for patients with lymphedema of the lower extremities.

Palliative care
On the conference we will address some of the challenging issues health care professionals deal with when working with patients in a palliative stage of their cancer.
How can we set the right goal for the patient? Not only the patients can be traumatized, so can we as professionals.

Bone mets
An international working group was formed in 2017 to develop a consensus statement on exercise prescription for people with bone metastasis.
On this conference you will get an overview of the current evidence regarding exercise prescription and how to apply evidence into the clinical setting.


 € 495,- including breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea breaks on both conference days, and an abstract book


For the program of the second ICPTO 2020 click here

Call for abstracts

For the ICPTO 2020 abstracts can be submitted in three categories:

  1. Scientific research
  2. Care innovation & Implementation
  3. Case reports

Scientific research, Care innovation & Implementation
We welcome abstracts on physical therapy in oncology, and related topics. This includes scientific topics (finished or ongoing studies) as well as development of care pathways or implementation projects.

Case reports
At the ICPTO 2020 we also want to acknowledge physiotherapists that put evidence into every day clinical practice and encourage them to share their knowledge and insight. Therefore, we welcome abstracts that highlight how physiotherapy in the area of oncology is performed in the clinic and describes “how to” target specifics symptoms, side-effects or long-term effects, approaching patients “our” way or whatever you think could contribute to improve clinical practice.

Abstract submission

Submissions are now being accepted for the ICPTO 2020. Please complete the submission form  and submit before the deadline of January 31, 2020 in order for your submission to be considered. All submissions will be forwarded to the Program Committee for review.

Please review the submission guidelines, criteria, terms and conditions (click here).

Do you have a question?

For administrative questions

marjan van keeken

Marjan (M.T.) van Keeken

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telephone: +31 (0) 33 421 61 28
Available: Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

For questions regarding the conference content

Elisabeth Berents

Elisabeth Berents, PT, MVO,
Educational consultant, Association of Danish Physiotherapists (DFys)
Copenhagen, Denmark

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telephone: +45 (0)33 41 46 49


With this conference, we aim to bring together physical therapists working in oncology from around the globe, to exchange best practices and update knowledge based on recent scientific developments.


Lectures, workshops, poster presentations, discussions


  • Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen (route)

Schedule and information for participants

Participants are granted access to the restricted website www.npicursus.nl.
Here you can find all information; e.g.: schedule, preparations, updates.

Theme area: Lymphology and oncology
Target group: Physiotherapists
Start date: Thursday May 14th 2020
End date: Friday May 15th 2020
Participants: Minimal 300, maximal 600
Study load: 12 hours
Contact hours: 12
Contact days: 2
Language: English
Ratio practice and theory: Mostly theoretical
Level: advanced
Code number: 2005731
E learning: No
Masterclass: No
Exam: No
Certificate: Yes
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