Marize Ibrahim

Marize Ibrahim
University of Toronto, McGill University

Masters of Physical Therapy

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January 2010 - present
Jewish General Hospital
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  • Oncology Physical Therapy

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Lymphedema is a chronic inflammatory condition that results from damage to the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is classified as either primary or secondary, the former being caused by a malformation of lymph vessels or nodes, and the latter resulting from trauma, chronic lymphatic system overload, or the sequelae of cancer treatments. In the present a...
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Persistent pain after treatment has been identified in breast cancer populations, with prevalence rates ranging from 25%-60%. Age, surgical procedure, axillary node dissection, and radiation therapy have shown correlation with chronic pain development. Objective To conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial targeting young breast cancer patients t...
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Purpose Most of the breast cancer diagnoses are recommended for breast surgery. Unfortunately, many patients report preoperative anxiety, which can affect postoperative recovery. Preoperative teaching sessions have been shown to reduce anxiety and improve recovery for the patients with breast cancer. To better support the patients at our cancer cen...
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Abstract Purpose: Breast cancer (BC) diagnosis in young adults (YA) is rising and both disease and treatments are aggressive in this population. Evidence supports the use of physical activity in reducing shoulder dysfunction, which is common among BC survivors. A pilot randomized clinical trial was performed to determine the effectiveness of a 12-...
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MicroAbstract: Young women with breast cancer are often left with long-term arm morbidity post-treatment. In this clinical trial (N=59), a 12-week exercise program improved short-term arm mobility and pain, however these were not sustained 18 months post-radiation. Clinical characteristics that affected arm mobility included surgery type, radiation...
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To examine the literature on physical therapy interventions in the prevention and management of breast cancer related lymphedema To make clinical recommendations and identify gaps in the literature for future research

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Cancer patients with bone metastases are at high risk of pathological fractures, however are frequently not equipped with fracture prevention strategies. Given the advances in treatment, an educational resource is needed to complement clinical care, in order to minimize the occurrence of preventable fractures. Purpose: To create an evidence-based educational resource for patients with bone metastases. Relevance: As there are limited patient education resources currently available, a resource on fracture prevention strategies will contribute to better management in both clinical and home settings. Methods: A quality of care research project was carried out, involving collaboration between clinicians, researchers, and patient education specialists. A literature review of fracture prevention strategies, together with expert input, informed the content and design of the educational resource, which was developed in a booklet format. A patient focus group reviewed the booklet for clarity and readability, using a standardized interview script. Thematic analysis was carried out to summarize focus group results. Results: The booklet “Living Safely with Bone Metastases,” available in print and online format, includes information about bone metastasis, guidelines for seeking medical care, and three sections on fracture prevention: a) Move with care; b) Stay safe in different environments, and c) Follow an exercise program prescribed by a physical therapist. Themes from the focus group feedback were to ensure clarity and gender neutrality of language and images. Conclusion: “Living Safely with Bone Metastases” provides a useful resource for patients and healthcare professionals. Further research is needed to confirm its clinical effectiveness in reducing fractures.
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Cancer patients with bone metastases are at high risk of pathological fractures, however are frequently not equipped with fracture prevention strategies. Given the advances in treatment, an educational resource is needed to complement clinical care, in order to minimize the occurrence of preventable fractures. Purpose: To create an evidence-based educational resource for patients with bone metastases. Relevance: As there are limited patient education resources currently available, a resource on fracture prevention strategies will contribute to better management in both clinical and home settings. Methods: A quality of care research project was carried out, involving collaboration between clinicians, researchers, and patient education specialists. A literature review of fracture prevention strategies, together with expert input, informed the content and design of the educational resource, which was developed in a booklet format. A patient focus group reviewed the booklet for clarity and readability, using a standardized interview script. Thematic analysis was carried out to summarize focus group results. Results: The booklet “Living Safely with Bone Metastases,” available in print and online format, includes information about bone metastasis, guidelines for seeking medical care, and three sections on fracture prevention: a) Move with care; b) Stay safe in different environments, and c) Follow an exercise program prescribed by a physical therapist. Themes from the focus group feedback were to ensure clarity and gender neutrality of language and images. Conclusion: “Living Safely with Bone Metastases” provides a useful resource for patients and healthcare professionals. Further research is needed to confirm its clinical effectiveness in reducing fractures.
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Model of care looking at using rehabilitation and exercise in the oncology population