Cancer Rehab - Bridging the Gap Between Medical Prognosis and Physical Realities

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

This intermediate continuing education course is designed for PT’s and OT’s who wish to further their current skill sets to include specialized treatments for the cancer patient. Emphasis in this course will be placed on learning the medical and surgical management for the following cancers: breast, prostate, gynecological, head and neck, colorectal and melanomas. Most importantly, the therapist will learn how and when he/she can most effectively intervene during the continuum of cancer care to treat side effects encountered from post-surgical and post–radiation treatments. This course will expand on the therapists’ knowledge of the tissue healing and disease processes and of the lymphatic system. This will provide the needed understanding of how these processes/systems are affected from a surgical, chemotherapy, and/or radiation treatment approach. Extensive lab time will be devoted to perfecting and applying manual therapy skills to the cancer patient which include muscle energy technique, soft tissue and joint mobilization, strain-counterstrain and other pain and edema reducing manual techniques.

The therapist will also be able to develop and implement effective treatment protocols for post-surgical patients (with or without lymph node dissection), post-radiation patients, and reconstructive surgical patients upon completion of this course. This course will allow for the therapist to become a knowledgeable and active participant of the Oncology Team at his/her work facility.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • 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 comorbidities impact patients with cancer.
  • Identify histologic presentation, staging and grading of cancer in order to understand the therapeutic intent of oncologic management.
  • Identify cancer diagnoses that would benefit from a PT or OT’s intervention and where in the continuum of cancer care therapists can most effectively intervene.
  • Perform specialized manual therapy skills with existing orthopedic skill sets to decrease pain and edema, and increase motion in post-surgical and post-radiation cancer patients.
  • Design functional goals and appropriate plans of care for the following cancer diagnoses: breast, head and neck, gynecological, urological, prostate, and leukemias and lymphomas.
  • Design a “whole body approach” when developing and implementing strategies for treating a cancer patient by understanding the effects of cancer on the lymphatic, musculo-skeletal, nervous, and vascular systems of the body.
  • Discuss the specialized services you can offer for the cancer patient and the vital role you contribute to the Oncology Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  • Instructor name

    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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    OT PT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    March 30, 2019 - March 31, 2019

    16 hours of CME credit

    Novant Matthews Medical Center

    Matthews, NC

    Tuition $ 450.00



    April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019

    16 hours of CME credit

    Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

    Portland, OR

    Tuition $ 450.00



    May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019

    16 hours of CME credit

    South Shore Health System Hospital

    S. Weymouth, MA

    Tuition $ 450.00



    June 22, 2019 - June 23, 2019

    16 hours of CME credit

    Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

    Las Vegas, NV

    Tuition $ 450.00



    October 5, 2019 - October 6, 2019

    16 hours of CME credit

    Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

    Seattle, WA

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is and AOTA provider, provider #4487

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider #P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    The Lymphedema Toolbox version 4.0 - Resource tools for therapists studying and treating lymphedema

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 134.96

    Delivery: USB - Windows OS (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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    *Promotional prices for e-learning products are only provided when registering for live course attendance