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The Cancer We Forgot: Working with Patients with a Remote History of Cancer

presented by Anna L. Schwartz

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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 clinical considerations of the patient with a distant history of cancer. Follow us as we provide relevant information related to late and long-term side effects of cancer that may influence cardiopulmonary, neurologic or musculoskeletal functional ability to safely preform restorative exercises.

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 Late and Long-term Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

In this chapter, we'll give the learner a general understanding of common late and long-term side effects of cancer treatments. After obtaining and reviewing relevant cancer-specific history, we will ask ourselves what we should be thinking about as we talk with our patient.

2. Cancer Treatments and Restorative Implications

Late and long-term side effects of cancer treatment may impact a patient's ability to follow a rehabilitation program. In this chapter we will focus on the specific side effects, as well as special considerations for adapting exercise for the long-term adult cancer survivor. We'll discuss clinical considerations related to: cardiopulmonary, neurologic and musculoskeletal effects, and lymphedema, fatigue, and weakness. We'll then take a look at the impact of acute and long-term treatment side effects on functionality.

3. Adapting a Restorative Program for The Long Term Survivor

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 discuss how to adapt a program for an individual’s limitations, identify reasonable restorative goals within the cancer survivor's ability, and develop a plan for initiating a restorative exercise program. We'll close with a question and answer session where we discuss a program for a long-term cancer survivor.

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