Course Description

This course will identify the latest statistics on the growing cancer population, increasing survival rates, and the need for trained clinicians to meet the growing demand of the oncology population. Instruction on the cancer diagnosis, staging, grading, medical interventions, the acute and chronic side effects (bio-psycho-spiritual-social) of cancer, and its treatments will be covered. Next, the latest evidence-based and best practices for rehabilitation intervention will be provided, including our unique role in pre-habilitation thru palliative care. Topics of intervention include but are not limited to; Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CRCI), Falls, Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairments (CRCI), Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF), Pain, Lymphedema, Oncology-Related Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Musculoskeletal Dysfunction, Steroid-Induced Myopathy (SIM), Communication/Swallowing Dysfunction, and Distress Management. Instruction on identifying basic signs/symptoms of oncologic emergencies and precautions with advanced cancer and disease progression. In conclusion we will address rehabilitation’s vital role as a member of the multidisciplinary team and how to advocate for our profession and clients living with cancer and beyond.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to Oncology Rehabilitation 101 (Downloadable Materials)

    1. Chapter 1: Lesson 1-The Current State of Oncology Care: Need for cancer rehabilitation, statistics of the growing cancer population, definition of survivorship, and rehabilitations model of care

    2. Chapter 1: Lesson 2: Diagnosis and Medical Management in Oncology-Reviews the etiology and risk factors for cancer development, diagnosis, staging, grading and prognosis

    3. Chapter 1, Lessons 1 & 2 Quiz

    4. Chapter 1: Lesson 3: Identify the most common medical interventions for cancer, including surgery, and radiation

    5. Chapter 1: Lesson 4- Identify the most common medical interventions for cancer, including chemotherapy, targeted therapies/immunotherapy, and hormonal treatments

    6. Chapter 1: Lessons 3 & 4 Quiz

    7. Chapter 1: Lesson 5-Overview of specific cancers: breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecological, hematological, neurological, skin, thoracic, bone, and soft tissue. Includes common acute and chronic side effects associated with each cancer type

    8. Chapter 1: Lesson 5 Quiz

    1. Chapter 2: Lesson 1-Rehabs role in the treatment of common oncology-related side effects both acute and chronic

    2. Chapter 2: Lesson 2-Oncology rehab screening tools, outcome measures, identification of important components for chart review from oncology medical records, and a sample client interview section .

    3. Chapter 2: Lesson 1 Quiz

    1. Chapter 3: Lesson 1-General overview identifying basic signs/symptoms of oncological emergencies, general rehab precautions, lymphedema prevention, exercise during active treatment and, bone metastasis

    2. Chapter 2: Lesson 2 & Chapter 3: Lesson 1 Quiz

    3. Chapter 3: Lesson 2-Identifies rehabilitation's unique role and contribution to the multidisciplinary team in providing value-based client-centered care to reduce healthcare costs and improve clients’ function and quality of life

    1. Course Evaluation - Oncology Rehab

About this course

  • $79.00
  • 16 lessons
  • 3.0 contact hours
  • Introductory Level


Lisa Marshall, OTR/L, CLT, CLWT

Lisa is a highly experienced healthcare professional with over 33 years of experience in the industry. She started her career in homecare and went on to found Specialty Rehabilitation Inc. (SRI) after identifying a community need for woman's health and oncology. At SRI, Lisa initially provided therapy services for Fibromyalgia, pelvic floor dysfunction, including stress incontinence and urinary urgency, and later added lymphedema and oncology rehabilitation programs for all types of cancer. Lisa's expertise and outstanding contributions to oncology rehabilitation have been recognized by many, particularly at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center in Delaware. She is well-known for her national presentations on woman's health, oncology, and the holistic integration of breath, mind, body, and spirit into her wellness programs. Lisa's dedication and passion for helping others has made a significant impact on the healthcare industry and the lives of countless patients.

Continuing Education Approval

Physical Therapists and PTA's

This course has been approved by the Maryland and Texas State Boards of Physical Therapy Examiners for 3.0 contact hours


Texas #77844TX - Expires 09/16/2025

The course content and objectives meet criteria 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, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts,  Michigan, Mississippi,  Missouri, New Hampshire,  Nebraska,  North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,  Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Washington.

Occupational Therapists and OTA's

This continuing education program has been approved by the Maryland Board of O.T. Practice for 3.0 contact hours. #2023:0099 - Expires 06/30/2024

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, West Virginia, Wisconsin and 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.


  • Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for OT's, OTA's, PT's, PTA's who are treating cancer survivors, looking to specialize or any clinician looking for basic oncology rehab education.

  • What are the performance objectives for this course?

    1) Identify 3 barriers to care that may reduce treatment compliance given a case study of a patient with advanced-stage disease.  2) Identify 2 acute and 2 long-term side effects common to local cancer treatments for radiation and surgical interventions. 3) Identify 2 acute and 2 long-term side effects of systemic cancer treatments for each: chemotherapy, targeted treatments, immunotherapy, and endocrine/hormonal therapy. 4) Differentiate signs and symptoms between SIM and CIPN 5) Identify 3 reasons for the increased risk of falls specific to the cancer population. 6) Identify 3 risk factors that increase the risk of oncology-related lymphedema. 7) Identify rehabilitation precautions for a patient with bone metastasis.

  • What is the course format?

    The course content is delivered through a combination of self-paced learning modules, quizzes and case studies.

  • What are the certificate requirments?

    To earn a certificate of completion you must complete the self-paced curriculum, achieve 80% or better on all quizzes, and complete the course evaluation. After all requirements are met you may download your certificate.

  • 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: [email protected]