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Rehabilitation in the Older Adult with Cancer with Jodi Steele

Rehabilitation in the Older Adult with Cancer with Jodi Steele

Rehabilitation in the Older Adult with Cancer with Jodi Steele

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Rehabilitation in the Older Adult with Cancer with Jodi Steele


In Canada, older adults with a diagnosis of cancer are surviving longer. With this increased survival comes many different types of disability associated with cancer and its treatments.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this online physiotherapy course, therapists will have an understanding of the most relevant cancers in the older adult population and their medical treatments. Therapists will learn appropriate exercise techniques and safety considerations, how to administer an oncology assessment and how to design an individualized fitness plan for your client’s abilities and goals.

Target Population

As therapists, we are going to assess and treat clients with a diagnosis of cancer in acute care, outpatient clinics, rehab, private clinics, and home care. We are just going to see more people that have been touched by cancer in many areas of practice.

Description of Supporting Evidence

In the last ten years, there has been a surge of research done in the area of exercise/ rehabilitation and cancer. Steindorf et. al. (2014) showed a 12-week resistance training program was a safe, feasible and efficacious strategy to improve cancer-related fatigue and components of quality of life in patients with breast cancer during radiation. Brown and Schmitz (2014) make a compelling argument about the need for continued research to clarify the safety and feasibility of prescribing exercise to survivors of colorectal cancer. Lastly, Kerry Courneya published multiple studies in 2018 and 2019 on exercise interventions for specific cancer types and populations. This session will establish best practice guidelines for oncology rehabilitation in an aging population.

Description of Session Format

This session will be a lecture-style with an opportunity to design specific exercise programs for specific cancers. The participants will be able to see videos of actually exercises designed and parameters for treatment (ie. Seated row for an older adult with breast cancer). Case studies will be handed out and in small groups, time will be allotted to brainstorm ideas about best practice and program design. This session will take approximately one hundred and forty-five minutes.


More and more patients are surviving after a diagnosis of cancer but unfortunately living with disability. The intent of this session is to help therapists become more knowledgeable in the world of oncology and inevitably strengthen the profession of physiotherapy.


This presentation was designed to help educate therapists on the treatment of older adults with a diagnosis of cancer. Special attention will be given to the oncology assessment, safety protocols, outcome measures, and proper exercise prescription.

Please note that this course was recorded at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association 2019 Forum in Charlottetown, PEI.

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Jodi Steele
PT, BKin, BSc(PT)

Jodi earned her kinesiology degree in 1997 and a physiotherapy degree in 1999 from McMaster University. Upon graduation she co-developed an oncology rehabilitation program, Cancer Rehab-The Next Step. In 2005 her husband joined her and founded Cancer Rehab Inc., Canada’s first not-for-profit cancer rehabilitation centre.

In 2009, Jodi designed, developed and launched Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program, which continues to be delivered at sites throughout southern Ontario. For her innovative contributions to society, Jodi received the 2009 Arch Award from McMaster University.

Presently Jodi is a professor at Niagara College. She continues to educate peers through educational lectures focusing on cancer exercise and rehabilitation for health care professionals and lymphedema management in the home care setting.

Course Material included in this course
  • Treatments
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Feedback
  • Considerations for Different Cancers
  • Cancer Types and Performance Indicators
  • Breast Cancer - Overview
  • Breast Cancer - Treatment
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Melanomas
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Case Studies
  • Feedback
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