Course Description

You should take this course if you are a healthcare practitioner who wants to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of oncology rehabilitation. This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the medical management of different types of cancers, the impact of cancer and its treatment on the patient, and the role of the multidisciplinary team in treating cancer.

Having a deep understanding of these topics can benefit you in several ways. You will be able to provide better care to patients living with cancer by understanding their physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs and providing tailored support throughout their journey. You will also be better equipped to work with a multidisciplinary team, improving the quality of care you provide to patients. 

Why Should I Take This Course?

  • Improved patient care
  • Valuable investment for those healthcare practitioners who want to increase their knowledge and skills for all patients living with cancer 
  • Improve effectiveness of working with a multidiscipilinary teamwork
  • Professional development
  • Increased confidence

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Welcome: Intro to Oncology .....The Cancer Experience (Printable Materials)

    • Etiology & Statistics - Meeting the need of the growing cancer population

    • Etiology & Statistics Quiz

  2. 2
    • Part 1 - Acute, chronic, and impact on quality of life (sleep dysfunction, pain, anxiety, distress, depression, fatigue, cancer-related cognitive impairments, and chemo-induced neuropathy)

    • The Impact of Cancer and its Treatment Part One - Quiz

  3. 3
    • Part 2 -sexual dysfunction, lymphedema, communication dysfunction, dysphagia, steroid-induced myopathy, skin, GI, bowel, bladder, cardiac, liver, lung, blood, and musculoskeletal disorders.

    • The Impact of Cancer and its Treatments Part 2 - Quiz

  4. 4
    • Lifestyle: etiology, risk factors, lifestyle, prevention, the definition of cancer, oncogenes, and tumor suppressor genes

    • Diagnosis & Staging: diagnosing, classification (Epithelial, Nerve, connective, blood) staging, including AJCC-TNM classification, pathological grading

    • Lifestyle, Diagnosis & Staging Quiz

  5. 5
    • Local: Surgery, diagnostic, preventative, curative, oncologic emergency, palliative, restorative, and radiation-Systemic: chemo, targeted, immunotherapy, and hormonal/endocrine therapies

    • Local and Systemic Treatments - Quiz

  6. 6
    • Part 1: Breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecological, hematological

    • Part 2: Neuro-oncology, skin, thoracic, bone & soft tissue

    • Types of Cancer - Quiz

  7. 7
    • Roles of the multidisciplinary team: role of each team member in value based patient-centered care

    • Multidisciplinary Quiz

    • Intro to Oncology - The Patient Experience Case Study Review with Q&A

    • Post Live Session Assignment

    • Course Evaluation

Loaded With the Latest Evidence-Based Research and Best Practices

  • .75 CEUs (7.5 contact hours)

  • Quizzes and key learning points after each section to increase retention

  • Printable materials for future reference

  • Interactive case studies with Q&A, live via Zoom, 3rd Monday of every month, 8 to 9:30 pm EST

  • 90-day access, (from date of purchase), to online learning platform, labs, and interactive Zoom sessions.



Lisa Marshall

With more than 33 years of healthcare experience, Lisa has focused primarily on oncology for the past 28 years. In 2002, she founded Specialty Rehabilitation Inc. (SRI), where she developed and provided oncology programs and services -- prehabilitation through palliation -- for all cancer types. Lisa's areas of expertise include the management of breast cancer, oncology lymphedema, cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, cancer-related cognitive impairments, cancers of the head and neck, and oncology pelvic floor dysfunction. She is lymphedema certified, a national presenter, and a regular presenter at major healthcare institutions and universities. Today, SRI provides oncology education and consulting for; individual healthcare professionals, cancer centers, community hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and home care agencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for healthcare practitioners, including but not limited to nurses, NP's, PA's, OT's, OTA's, PT's, PTA's, SLP's, LCSW, and physicians

  • What is the course format?

    The course content is delivered through a combination of self-paced learning modules, quizzes, interactive case study review and live discussion via Zoom

  • What are the certificate requirements?

    To earn a certificate of completion you must complete the self-paced curriculum, achieve 80% or better on all quizzes, participate in the Zoom session case study with discussion, and complete the course evaluation. After all requirements are completed you can download your certificate.

  • When are the Zoom sessions held?

    Zoom sessions are held on the 3rd Monday of every month,
    8 to 9:30 pm EST

  • What if I cannot attend the Zoom session?

    You will have access to the course for 90 days after enrollment to attend at least one live session.

  • My state is not listed under approved CEUs, what should I do?

    Continuing Education requirements are complicated and often change. Please check our CEU section for specifics. If you do not see your state listed, please either check with your individual state for reciprocity or contact us directly:

Course Objectives

  • The participant will state two community resources available to survivors to facilitate ongoing support for the patient and caregiver.

  • The participant will state the psychosocial and emotional barriers that may reduce treatment compliance given a case study of a patient with advanced stage disease.

  • The participant will identify 2 acute and 2 long term physical side effects common to local cancer treatments for both radiation and surgical interventions.

  • The participant will identify 2 acute and 2 long term side effects of systemic cancer treatments for each of the following: chemotherapy, targeted treatments, immunotherapy, and endocrine/hormonal therapy.

  • The participant will identify the impact of health behaviors on cancer prevention and progression of cancer.

  • The participant will design treatment goals given a complex case of a patient with advanced stage disease incorporating information of cancer stage, treatment progression and patient wishes.

  • The participant will identify 3 treatment related side effects given an operative report and past medical history of a patient with breast cancer.

  • The participant will differentiate treatments for primary cancers with and without metastasis for the following cancers: breast, gastro-intestinal, gynecologic, head and neck, lung, and bone.

  • The participant will identify symptoms of an oncologic emergency and select appropriate referral given a patient presentation with advanced stage disease.

  • The participant will select the appropriate referral to a multidisciplinary care member for a patient with multiple side effects due to cancer treatment.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Physical Therapists and PTA's

This course has been approved by the Maryland State and Texas State  Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for .75 CEUs (7.5 contact hours) 

Maryland approval #2022-431. Expires 04/22/2026.

Texas approval #76076TX. Expires  04/25/2024

The course content and objectives meet criteria for approval within the following states and/or the approving agency/board indicates it will accept continuing education courses approved by another state APTA chapter or regulatory board: Alaska, Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington.

Individual state boards and/or organizations may change their practice act/rules and regulations at any time. It is ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to confirm that the course meets criteria for contact hour approval.

Occupational Therapists and OTA's

This continuing education program has been approved by the Maryland Board of O.T. Practice for .75 CEUs (7.5 contact hours). Course approval #2023:0013. Expires 12/31/2023 

Our current policies and standards meet criteria for approval within the individual state and/or grants reciprocity with the following states: 

Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Individual state boards and/or organizations may change their practice act/rules and regulations at any time. It is ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to confirm that the course meets criteria for contact hour approval.