Exercise training guidelines for individuals with cancer:
Endurance, strength, flexibility and adherence

Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC
Course Level: Introductory
Date: May 11, 2013
Check in time: 7:30-8 a.m.
Class time: 8-5 p.m.
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital.  International Rooms A and B
6401 France Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435

Course fee: $295.00

Contact hours: 7.5

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G Stephen Morris, PT, PhD, FACSM has a PhD (1984) in exercise
G. Stephen Morris, PT, Ph.D. FACSM Dr. Morris earned a PhD (1984) in exercise physiology from UT Austin and completed an NIH funded postdoctoral research fellowship in muscle biochemistry at UC, Irvine. After a teaching stint in the Dept. of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, he joined the 1998 entry level PT class at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Houston, TX. He acquired his PT license in 1999 and subsequently taught in the PT programs at both TWU and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. In 2006 he joined the Dept. of Rehabilitation Services at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center as a therapist and supervisor of clinical research. At MD Anderson he developed interests in the use of outcome measures in the oncology setting, the rehabilitation of stem cell transplant recipients and pulmonary rehabilitation. Recently, he joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he serves as the Director of the Dept. of Rehabilitation Services and is pursuing his interests in cancer survivorship. Since earning his PT degree he has published 29 journal articles, contributed to two book chapters in 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 currently chairman of the Research committee of the oncology section.

Course description
In the past, oncology patients were encouraged not to exercise for fear that such activities were detrimental. Now, exercise is increasingly viewed as an integral component of the treatment of oncology patients across the cancer spectrum; however, cancer and its treatment create novel clinical situations requiring rehabilitation professionals to correctly and appropriately apply exercise as a therapeutic intervention. This course will provide information on why exercise interventions are needed for this patient population, how to implement exercise programs for this patient population, and how to assess outcomes in this patient population. Completion of this course will increase the ability of a practicing rehabilitation professional to successfully treat oncology patients. Given that exercise training is a relatively new therapeutic intervention for this patient population, completion of this course will help rehabilitation professionals to identify new practice opportunities.

At the conclusion of this course, the attendee will be able to:
A. Discuss the basics of oncology
B. Use this information in more thoroughly evaluating a cancer survivor
C. Discuss the basics of exercise physiology
D. Describe points along the cancer continuum where the attendee might consider using exercise training as a therapeutic intervention
E. Introduce outcome measures/physical performance measures that the attendee can use to assess these properties in a cancer survivor.
F. Safely evaluate the exercise/functional capacity of a cancer survivor
G. Safely incorporate exercise training in the treatment plan of a cancer survivor
H. Generate an exercise prescription based on the evaluation and physical performance capacity of a cancer survivor.

8-9:30 a.m. Basic oncology
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:15 a.m., Exercise and exercise in the Oncology Setting
10:15-11:45 Exercise Safety
10:45-noon Q & A
Noon-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 p.m. Outcome measures/exercise testing
2:15-3:00 Exercise Prescription
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Review of available exercise guidelines
4:15-5:00 Case studies and Q & A

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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