Cancer Rehabilitation - One Day Webinar

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Why take this course?


This intermediate cancer rehabilitation continuing education course is designed for PTs, PTAs, ATs and OTs who wish to further their current skill sets to include specialized treatments for the patient with cancer. Emphasis in this course will be placed on learning the current medical and surgical management for the following cancers: breast, prostate, lung, colorectal, gynecological, lymphomas and leukemias. The therapist will learn how and when to most effectively intervene throughout the continuum of care to treat side effects encountered from cancer and cancer treatments, including pre-habilitation programs.

This cancer rehabilitation continuing education will expand on the therapists knowledge of the tissue healing and disease processes and how each system of the body is affected from surgical, hormonal, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and/or radiation treatments. Extensive lab time will be devoted to perfecting and applying both manual therapy skills and developing appropriate therapeutic exercise/activity programs. Treatment approaches learned in this course will allow the therapist to effectively develop treatment protocols for the achievement of functional outcomes, allow for maximum reimbursement, and reduce hospital readmissions for the patient with cancer.

This cancer rehabilitation continuing education course will enable the therapist to become a knowledgeable and active participant of the oncology team and effectively market cancer rehab services while working towards making cancer rehabilitation a standard of care.

Cancer Rehabilitation - One Day Webinar

Course Objectives


  • Describe the underlying mechanisms of carcinogenesis, the current medical and surgical management for the treatment of cancers and their associated side-effects.
  • Describe the relationship between cancer treatments and tissue healing and how co-morbidities impact patients with cancer.
  • Identify cancer diagnoses that would benefit from rehab intervention and where in the continuum of cancer care therapists can most effectively intervene.
  • Recognize important lab values such as; Nadir and ANC, hemoglobin, platelets, and when to modify treatment based on those values.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms and the common areas affected by metastatic cancer .
  • Identify the red flags, complications and absolute contraindications for exercise and manual therapies.
  • Evaluate the key postural and respiratory muscles and utilize manual therapy skills to promote breath and postural retraining.
  • Design a holistic multi-system approach when developing and implementing strategies for treating a cancer patient by understanding the effects of cancer on the respiratory, lymphatic, nervous, musculoskeletal, integumentary, and cardiovascular systems of the body.
  • Develop individualized therapeutic exercise/ activity programs to decrease pain, fatigue, edema and improve mobility/balance in patients with cancer during each phase of medical management (surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, and radiation).

Instructed by: Carrie Riddock, MSPT, CLT-LANA


My passion is in the area of research and discovering new clinical applications which will assist patients in reaching the best outcomes possible. With a unique background of lymphedema training combined with oncology rehab experience, I have been able to successfully combine various treatment methods for developing comprehensive cancer protocols and programs.
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