Cancer Rehabilitation

presented by Roger Campbell & 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 Physiology. Campbell's greatest passion is working for the functional restoration and independence of medically complex patients. While serving with the University of Utah's Lung Transplant program in the 90’s, Campbell realized that greater restorative measures could be implemented to improve the functional independence of patients, and he set his focus on rehabilitation program development. Campbell spends his best energies developing, implementing, and promoting specialized rehabilitation programs including Go Cancer Rehab ( Campbell and Schwartz serve as consultants to hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, and wellness organizations in the development of special rehabilitation services. Additionally, Campbell is committed to the continuing education of health care professionals as a serving panel member of the industries, first accredited, Cancer Specialist certification produced by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Cancer Society.

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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 a member of the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity board. Schwartz is the author of four books and over a hundred scholarly articles on physical activity for cancer survivors. Anna’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Oncology Nursing Foundation, and industry. Anna has received numerous awards from national organizations, including the 2012 Rose Mary Carol Johnson Oncology Nursing Society award for writing. She is the author of Cancer Fitness: Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors (Simon & Schuster, 2004). Her new book, Okie the Wonder Dog (Sunstone Press, 2016), blends her passion for physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle with her knack for telling stories from her animal’s perspective. Her website,, has links to articles, educational information and more.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.