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Cancer Rehabilitation

presented by Roger Campbell and Anna L. Schwartz

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Participants will learn the latest therapeutic interventions for the patient with cancer across the continuum of care from diagnosis through governorship and into end of life. There are over 12 million cancer survivors alive today in the U.S. The vast majority of these survivors are living with deficits in their physical function as a result of their cancer treatment. Until recently, cancer rehabilitation has not been a mainstay of cancer care. Today, cancer rehabilitation is recognized as a vital and yet overlooked aspect of cancer survivorship needed to be understood by clinicians. Cancer rehabilitation is not only reimbursable in the in-patient, out-patient and home-based settings, it is an intervention that changes lives and restores health and wellness.
Topics covered in this course will include oncologic principles, diagnosis, treatment, surgical interventions, and outcomes. The course will also provide in-depth information on program development, including patient education, manual therapy techniques, exercise precautions - progression, and lymphedema risk reduction strategies. The need for and importance of social / emotional support for cancer patients will also be discussed. A focus of program development is on education of the cancer patient and risk reduction that emphasizes exercise. Exercise is well understood for a cancer patient’s recovery. Cancer rehabilitation is an evidence-based practice with profound research backing therapeutic interventions (rehabilitation efforts patient education, and exercise)

Meet Your Instructors

Roger Campbell, MS, CET, MFT-c

Roger started his exercise science career in 1985 as an Army Master Fitness Trainer, where he physically prepared troops for combat readiness. With the GI Bill, Campbell obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University, followed by a Master of Science Degree from the University of Utah, in Clinical Exercise…

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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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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Overview

In this Module, Anna discusses the basics of cancer epidemiology, biology staging, and the treatment approaches of several common cancers such as breast, prostate and colon cancer.

2. Acute and Persistent Side Effects of Cancer

In this module, you will learn about the acute and long-term side effects of common cancers, how treatment can impair function, and cause debilitation and fatigue.

3. Benefits of Exercise

In this module, you will learn about the physical and psychological effects of exercise on cancer survivors, as well as the exercise recommendations for cancer survivors published by the ACSM.

4. Exercise Testing and Interpretation

In this module, Roger explains the purpose and guidelines for exercise testing, and instructs you about the appropriate exercise tests for cancer survivors. You will understand the importance of exercise testing and what some warning signs are to stop a test early.

5. Plan of Care for Exercise Prescription

In this module, you will learn how to write an exercise prescription that is appropriate for the level of function of the survivor, and what the steps are to make exercise an integral part of a patient’s life and the effects on long-term survivorship.

6. Patient Education

This module will help you develop the skills to become an effective educator on the topic of cancer rehabilitation, and teach you about various lesson plans that can be offered in a cancer rehabilitation program.

7. Adapting Exercise for Cancer Survivors

In this module you will understand the importance of adapting exercise to the individual patient, and how to adapt exercise for common side effects or late effects of cancer.

8. Functional Goals Overview

This module will give an overview of how to write a cancer patient functional goal with short and long term objectives, as well as how to use billing codes that are related to these functional goals.

9. Instructor Discussion

In this module, Anna and Roger come together to discuss their distinct areas of research, and provide a collaborative review of the compelling aspects of each module.

10. Bone Health in the Cancer Setting

This module will review the effects of bone health on cancer rehabilitation, instruct you on the evaluation of bone health, and provide clinical guidelines for cancer treatment-induced bone loss.

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