Course Description In the past, cancer survivors were encouraged not to exercise for fear that such activities were detrimental. Today, however, exercise is increasingly viewed as an integral component of the
In the past, cancer survivors were encouraged not to exercise for fear that such activities were detrimental. Today, however, exercise is increasingly viewed as an integral component of the treatment plan regardless of where these survivors are on the cancer spectrum. Cancer and its treatment often results in patients with complex medical problems, making it clinically more challenging to utilize exercise training as a therapeutic intervention. This course will address issues associated with using exercise interventions with this population including why exercise interventions are needed for this patient population, how to implement exercise programs for this patient population and do so safely, and how to assess changes in fitness in this patient population. The course includes a lab component which provides the attendees with hands on instruction in both the assessment of exercise capacity survivors and the application of exercise training methodologies to these individuals. Completion of this course will increase the ability of a practicing rehabilitation professional to more successfully treat cancer survivors.
At the conclusion of this course, a participant should be able to:
- Explain the basic biology of exercise, cancer and acute and adaptive responses to exercise
- Describe cancer diagnoses, cancer treatments, and side effects particularly as they relate to impairments
- Understand how exercise training can improve functional capacity, quality of life, and improve prognosis following a cancer diagnosis.
- Recognize and respond to adverse responses to exercise training
- Appropriately modify exercise program in response to acute patient status
- Write exercise prescriptions for the oncology patient and survivor
- Identify and use of appropriate outcome measures in the oncology setting
- Discuss safety concerns associated with exercising this patient population
- Discuss the use of exercise training across the cancer spectrum
- Discuss exercise interventions in the context of lymphedema and treatment associated peripheral edema
- Describe the role of exercise in treating the cancer survivor
Instructors: G Stephen Morris, PT, PhD, Fellow American College of Sports Medicine
G. Stephen Morris, PT, PhD, FACSM received his PhD from the University of Texas and completed a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UC Irvine. Seeking credentials to do human research, he later earned a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas and a license in Physical Therapy. After teaching stints in physical therapy programs at Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, he joined the Dept. of Rehabilitation Services at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. There he both treated patients and pursued research focused on identifying treatment outcome measures that are most appropriate for use in the oncology rehabilitation setting and the integration of the principles of exercise physiology into oncology rehabilitation.
He served briefly as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and conducted research in the area of cancer survivorship. He recently retired from the Physical Therapy Program at Wingate University, Wingate, NC and was named the University’s first Distinguish Professor. He currently serves as the President of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Morris has published over 60 manuscripts and 3 book chapters and has spoken nationally and internationally on the utility and implementation of exercise training principals in the context of oncology rehabilitation.