There is a widespread understanding of the importance of physical exercise for patients with cancer; however, limited resources exist to assist physical therapists in the development of treatment plans. This course begins with an overview of the current evidence, followed by an examination of common cancer diagnoses and the adverse effects of the cancer treatment for each relevant to physical activity. It next discusses the aspects of the rehabilitation evaluation that help determine appropriate and evidence-based exercises to fit each patient’s limitations and needs. It concludes with guidelines for exercise prescription in regards to aerobic capacity, strength, and flexibility, as well as the addition of special exercises and recreational activities. Case studies are provided.
By the end of this course, learners will:
- Recognize evidence pertaining to previous and current theories about the relationships between cancer and exercise
- Identify surgical and nonsurgical interventions for common cancers
- Recall considerations pertinent to the development of an exercise-based treatment plan, with attention to the evidence supporting each
- Recall contraindications to the development of an exercise-based treatment plan
- Distinguish between prescription guidelines for aerobic, resistance, and flexibility exercises, as well as special exercises
3 CE HOURS