The Importance of Lab Values for Clinical Decision Making in the Oncology Population (102:54)

a seminar included in:

COURSE: Core Competencies in Interdisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation



Cancer and cancer treatments may cause acute, late, and long term effects to the body systems, and can significantly alter health status, both in an acute emergent situation or chronically. Laboratory tests are important medical procedures that help to provide timely answers regarding a cancer patient's health status. The results of these lab tests can help our medical teams screen for and diagnose cancers, as well as guide treatment planning and interventions.

For the interdisciplinary cancer rehabilitation team, the interpretation of lab values is an integral component to the evaluation and treatment process with patients. In the cancer population, lab values guide the determination of safe and effective cancer rehabilitation interventions, as well as guide specific monitoring that is based on the lab values.

This seminar discusses common laboratory tests that are ordered by medical teams, and their relevance in the oncology population. The speaker will educate the audience regarding pertinent medical terminology and common signs and symptoms associated with critical lab value ranges.

The audience will learn the determination of risk vs. benefit for rehabilitation and wellness interventions as well as clinical implications for the interdisciplinary cancer rehabilitation team. This course further discusses the APTA mobility and activity guidelines utilized during system compromise, and the importance of a team approach to safely care for patients at risk.


  • Understand the interpretation of lab values as an integral component to clinical decision making
  • Discuss laboratory testing and relevance performed during cancer care
  • Explain common terminology associated with lab values
  • Review common signs and symptoms with abnormal lab findings
  • Review research-based rehabilitation and activity guidelines based on hematological responses