Exercise Guidelines for Oncology Patients

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Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, and other rehab professionals who use therapeutic exercise in the treatment of oncology patients
Course Level: Intermediate
Date: May 10, 2014
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: $250.00

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.

Karl Anderson is an Occupational Therapist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  He completed his Master's degree at Concordia University, Mequon, Wisc.  His experience includes working with cancer survivors in a variety of settings.  Prior to beginning his career with Fairview, Karl worked at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and completed an internship at the Lance Armstrong Foundation in Austin, Texas. Karl assisted in the development of Fairview's outpatient cancer rehabilitation program.  A cancer survivor, Karl is passionate about improving the health and wellness of cancer survivors throughout the spectrum of their care.

Course description
Available evidence suggests that participation in an exercise training program can, at least, partially reverse, the deconditioning experienced by many cancer survivors. However this therapeutic intervention superimposes increased stress on patients who already are at risk for a number of co-morbidities. As such the clinician must be skillful in using in treating the cancer survivor. Therefore, one purpose of this course is to introduce the clinician to the safe and effective use of exercise training in the treatment of the cancer survivor. The second purpose of this course is to introduce the participants to recent findings in the area of chemotherapy induced brain fog or “chemobrain” and to energy conservation techniques which can help the survivor deal with the fatigue and lethargy brought on by the disease and its treatment. The course will involve both a didactic portion and a laboratory portion to achieve these goals.

At the conclusion of this course, the attendee will be able to:
A. Provide fundamental information about energy conservation, “chemobrain” or chemotherapy induced brain fog, and exercise physiology
B. Introduce the attendees to various outcome measures useful in assessing physical fitness status (laboratory).
C. Introduce the attendees to the principles of exercise testing and the development of exercise prescription for the cancer survivor (Laboratory)
D. Introduce the attendees to assessment of “chemobrain” and energy conservation techniques (laboratory)

7:30-8 a.m.         Registration/check in
8-9 a.m.               Basic exercise physiology
9-9:45 a.m.         Introduction to “Chemobrain”
9:45 – 10 a.m.   Break
10-11 a.m.          Introduction to exercise testing
11-12 a.m.          Introduction to techniques of energy conservation/Q & A
12-1 p.m.            LUNCH
1– 2:30 p.m.       Energy conservation (laboratory)
1- 2:45 p.m.        Exercise testing and functional assessment (concurrent laboratory)
2:45 – 3 p.m.      Break
3- 4:15 p.m.        Writing an exercise prescription (laboratory)
4:15 – 5 p.m.      Case studies and Q & A session.

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.

The course is approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for Category I credits. Approval number: #6712

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