Lexi Harlow, PT, DPT, CLT
To schedule a physical therapy appointment, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center patients need to be referred by a Fred Hutch physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Patients who have secondary lymphedema can be seen at the Fred Hutch clinic by one of our physical therapists specializing in oncology.
Lexi was drawn to working in health care and caring for patients due to an instructor and mentor she had in graduate school at the University of Puget Sound. "It is important to me that my daily work makes a difference in the lives of others and has a lasting impact," Lexi says. "Working in oncology physical therapy allows me to be challenged intellectually while also seeing the direct positive impact of rehabilitation on a daily basis."
In addition to working with her Fred Hutch patients, Lexi has been involved with developing a multi-disciplinary research project with the breast oncology group to monitor incidence and interventions for early stage lymphedema. She also teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at her alma mater, University of Puget Sound, which can lead to potential graduate student research projects.
For the future of cancer, Lexi hope to see a cure for cancer in her lifetime, as many people do. "Knowing that this is a daunting task, it would be my hope that the focus of cancer care shifts from treatment to prevention and early detection, especially in regards to lifestyle interventions and the role of exercise in harnessing the power of the body to heal itself."
When she is not working with her patients or teaching her students, Lexi can be found doing yoga, hiking, reading, listening to music, traveling or volunteering. She also enjoys spending her free time with her husband, daughter, and son.
I work in partnership with patients and their families to maximize their physical potential and I believe that I do my job well when patients are thriving, not only surviving, and no longer require my services. I emphasize the power of exercise and rehabilitation in helping patients recover from treatment of their disease.
- Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center, Inpatient and Outpatient Oncology Physical Therapy, 2005-2006
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Outpatient Oncology Physical Therapy, 2006-Present