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Course: #1916

Exercise Prescription for the Cancer Survivor

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2 Hours  

Exercise training is an increasingly important part of oncology rehabilitation. However, the medical status of cancer survivors makes the use of exercise training challenging for the therapist. This course will introduce the attendee to 1) the benefits that cancer survivors can derive from participating in an exercise training program and 2) safely implementing an exercise program for this population.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 2 hours of General CE Credit from 1/01/2015-12/31/2016.

Course created on October 21, 2014

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Preview Exam

Level: Intermediate

Course Learning Outcomes

  • The participant will be able to identify three benefits that cancer survivors can derive from participating in an exercise training program
  • The participant will be able to describe three recommendations for an exercise training program for cancer survivors.
  • The participant will be able to list three components of a safe exercise program for cancer survivors.
  • The participant will be able to design an exercise program for a cancer survivor.
  • The participant will be able to describe three outcome measures for use in assessing a cancer survivors initial functional status and change in functional status over the course of his/her participation in an exercise training program.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Why this topic?
10-25 Minutes Basics of exercise physiology
25-55 Minutes Exercise Safety
55-75 Minutes Exercise Testing
75-95 Minutes Exercise Guidelines for the cancer survivor including case study/example
95-115 Minutes Writing an exercise prescription
115-120 Minutes Q and A

Course Presenter

stephen morris

Stephen Morris, PT, PhD, FACSM

Dr. Morris is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physical Therapy at Wingate University, Wingate, NC.  Prior to coming to Wingate, he served as Director of Rehabilitation Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for 2 yrs. (2011-2013) and as a staff physical therapist and supervisor of clinical research in the Dept. of Rehabilitation Services at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (2006-2011).  While at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center he developed an interest in the use of outcome measures in the oncology setting, the rehabilitation of stem cell transplant recipients and pulmonary rehabilitation which continues at Wingate University. He earned a PhD (1984) in exercise physiology from UT Austin and completed an NIH funded postdoctoral research fellowship in muscle biochemistry at UC, Irvine.  He has taught in the PT programs at Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  Since earning his PT degree he has published 31 journal articles, contributed to two book chapters on oncology, and made both educational (7) and research presentations (5) at Combined Sections Meeting.  He has presented his research at geriatric, sports medicine, clinical oncology and regional physical therapy meetings.  He is past Treasure of the Oncology section and currently serves as Chairman of the Oncology Section’s research committee.  Additionally he is on the editorial board of the Section’s journal and teaches continuing education classes dealing with exercise for the cancer survivor for the Section.  

Presenter Disclosure: Please note that I am a member and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. This organization has underwritten and published a set of guidelines that will be discussed in my talk . ( Schmitz, KH, Courneya, KS, Mathews C, Demark-Wahnefried W, Galvao DA, Pinto BM, Irwin ML, Wolin, KY, Segal RJ, Lucia A, Scheider CM, von Gruenigen VE, and Schwarz AL. American College of Sports Medicine roundtable on exercise guidelines for cancer survivors. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Jul;42(7):1409-26. I was not a member of the writing group that produced these guidelines.

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IL Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor

This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Intermediate level) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Sponsor License #216000252).


This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Intermediate level, Category 2) by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (Provider #CS80-2012-KPTA).


This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.2 CEUs.

New Mexico

This course is offered for 2 hours (Introductory level) by the New Mexico Board of Physical Therapy.

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