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Cancer Rehabilitation for Ambulatory Older Adults

presented by Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

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Financial: Carrie Ciro receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Carrie Ciro has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course focuses on transitioning the older adult cancer survivor back to a functional lifestyle. Join us as we provide relevant information to using a restorative approach to recovery and a better understanding of issues specific to older adult cancer survivors in an ambulatory setting. You’ll be able to advance a restorative program for older adult cancer survivors who are medically stable. Be able to distinguish physical constraints to certain exercises and how to adapt them to a program. Following completion, you’ll be able to implement strategies to develop a restorative program.

Meet Your Instructor

Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN is a world-renowned pioneer in cancer and physical activity. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner with specialization in oncology and is a member of the American Academy of Nursing. She co-chaired the American College of Sports Medicine’s roundtable to develop exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and is…

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1. Overview of Cancer

This chapter will give the learner a general understanding of common cancers and their treatment regimens and acute and long term side effects. We'll also gather relevant cancer-specific history to tailor a rehabilitation program. Finally, we'll finish by thinking about what you should talk about with your patient.

2. Cancer Treatments and Restorative Implications

Many treatments cause unique side effects. Side effects of treatment in relation to developing an exercise program will be reviewed as well as special considerations for adapting exercise for the older adult cancer survivor. We'll discuss the side effects of common chemotherapy drugs, examine the impact of acute and long-term treatment side effects on functionality, and list common concerns or risks.

3. Adapting a Restorative Program

In this chapter, the learner will be able to apply knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, and common side effects to develop a restorative program that is tailored to the individual needs of adult cancer survivors. We'll review how certain chemotherapeutic agents may influence balance, strength, cardiopulmonary function, and how to adapt a program for that patient. Identify reasonable restorative goals within the cancer survivor's ability, and develop a plan for initiating a restorative exercise program. We'll wrap up our course with a question and answer session.

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