The 2nd ICPTO 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 3 and 4, 2021 (postponed from October 5 and 6, 2020 due to the measures related to the COVID-19 situation).

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 second ICPTO in May 2021!

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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Monday May 3rd and Tuesday May 4th 2021


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 2nd (afternoon), May 4th (evening) and May 5th (morning and afternoon) 2021 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 2nd, 4th and 5th 2021 click here


●  May 2nd 2021, 12.00-15.00: Practical High Intensity Interval Training. ‘HIIT’ group training in patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer: Practical applications with participants from “Body and Cancer”


●  May 4th 2021, 19.00-21.00 and May 5th 2021, 08.00-12.00: The role of exercise in oncology rehabilitation: new insights
●  May 5th 2021, 09.00-12.00: The role and treatment of the fascial system as a part of lymphedema treatment in cancer patients
●  May 5th 2021, 13.00-16.00: Movement preparation: an essential component to improve the success of functional training in cancer survivors
●  May 5th 2021, 13.00-16.00: Exercise and its role in the prevention and treatment of lymphedema

Clinical visits
We try to organize three clinical visits to the Copenhagen Centre for Cancer and Health, the Herlev Hospital and the University Hospital Rigshospitalet on the evenings of May 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2021. 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 2nd ICPTO click here

Poster presentations

At the 2nd ICPTO a wide variety of posters will be presented. The posters are divided into three categories:

  1. Scientific research (finished or ongoing studies)
  2. Care innovation & Implementation (new care pathways and implementation projects)
  3. Case reports.

All poster abstracts that have been submitted so far have been reviewed by the Program Committee.
The abstracts have been judged on:

  • relevance to the field of oncology physical therapy
  • clinical impact
  • scientific rigour (if applicable)
  • writing style.

We thank everyone who made the effort of submitting their work for presentation at the ICPTO conference. For the May 2021 conference, we will have a new call for abstracts in early 2021. If results are not already published by the new date of the conference, participants are welcome to present their previously accepted posters or submit a new abstract. More information to follow.

The abstracts of accepted posters will be published on the website to which only the conference participants have access.

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: Monday May 3rd 2021
End date: Tuesday May 4th 2021
Participants: Minimal 250, maximal 340
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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