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CE on CD - Occupational Therapy's Unique Contributions to Cancer Rehabilitation

By Claudine Campbell, MOT, OTR, Jennifer Hughes, MOT, OTR, and
Lauro Munoz, MOT, OTR, C/NDT

Earn .4 CEU (5 NBCOT PDUs/4 contact hours)

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Course Description

This CEonCD™ continuing education course was created by three occupational therapists with a combined experience in the field of oncology rehabilitation of more than 20 years. The content shares their passion for increasing awareness of occupational therapy's role in this emerging area of practice and encourages occupational therapists to develop expertise in this area. The course is made up of 4 lessons and a final case study that walks a client through the specific cancer paradigms discussed in the preceding lessons. Each lesson has specific learning objectives as well as learning activities to help reinforce the content. The lessons are as follows:

Lesson 1: Cancer Basics
Lesson 2: Medical Rehabilitation Principles in Oncology
Lesson 3: Complex Oncology Symptoms
Lesson 4: Oncology-Related Symptoms and Occupational Therapy's Role Case Study

Lesson 1 begins with the Cancer Basics portion of the course, in which an introduction to cancer, including some general statistics and information on cancer treatment and management is presented.

Lesson 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Identify cancer prevalence and different forms of cancer
  • Identify common sites of metastasis of malignant tumors
  • Identify basic cancer treatments and their common side effects
  • Identify the different goals of medical treatment for cancer

Lesson 2 covers rehabilitation principles as they relate to oncology. Cancer can be localized, but medical treatment for cancer can affect the entire body. Therefore, understanding the stage of disease and the possible short- and long-term side effects of cancer treatments is important for safe and effective occupational therapy intervention as well as for appropriate goal setting.

Lesson 2 Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the five stages in the cancer treatment continuum
  • Identify common complications and precautions relative to cancer and cancer treatments
  • Identify cancer rehabilitation paradigms that affect occupational therapy treatment planning and goal setting

Lesson 3 focuses on understanding complex oncology symptoms and how they affect occupational engagement. The symptoms experienced by clients with cancer present not as a single, isolated symptom, but as a combination of symptoms. Therefore, to facilitate optimal engagement in occupations, occupational therapists must understand clients' interrelated symptoms and how to manage them.

Lesson 3 Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how complex oncology symptoms affect occupational performance and engagement
  • Distinguish between the objective and subjective components of cancer symptoms
  • Identify attributes of occupational therapy intervention that are relevant in treating the objective and subjective components of cancer symptoms

Lesson 4 presents the unique contributions that an occupational therapist can provide in alleviating oncology-related symptoms interfering with desired or needed occupations. The related evaluation and interventions are client centered and symptom led rather than disease or diagnosis led.

Lesson 4 Learning Objectives:

  • Identify five symptoms common to many cancer diagnoses and treatments
  • Recognize the attributes for each one of the five symptoms
  • Identify assessments used in determining occupational therapy interventions for the five symptoms
  • Identify occupational therapy interventions that may improve occupational performance affected by the five symptoms

Author Bios

Claudine L. Campbell, MOT, OTR, has been a practicing occupational therapist for 14 years. She began working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001 and has specialized in oncology since then. She is now the manager of the occupational therapy department at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where she supervises a staff of 16 occupational therapy practitioners in the acute care and outpatient settings. She is certified in the Arnadottir OTADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation (A–ONE; Arnadottir, 1990).

Campbell has lectured in the New York State area on topics related to oncology, such as optimizing cognitive function for patients with brain tumors, exercise prescriptions for clients with lymphedema, and the role of occupational therapy in palliative care. She is the editor for AOTA's Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly. She also co-authored an AOTA fact sheet on the role of occupational therapy in palliative care. 

Campbell received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire and completed her post-professional master's degree through Quinnipiac's online program.

Jennifer Hughes, MOT, OTR, has 5 years of experience in multiple oncology settings with all populations and levels of care. She is a rehabilitation clinical consultant for MediServe, traveling across the nation working with top hospitals on documentation, data, and outcomes. Previously, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, she contributed to the 300% growth of the outpatient occupational therapy program and served as a consultant to other institutions striving to develop an oncology rehab program and developed the first low vision interdisciplinary clinic for the oncology population.  Hughes is certified in the Arnadottir OTADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation (A–ONE; Arnadottir, 1990).

Hughes has spoken nationally on Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Cancer Related Fatigue, addressing both occupational and physical therapists. Most recently, she represented the American Occupational Therapy Association on an American Cancer Society "expert roundtable" to assist in developing the first collaborative care rehabilitation model for breast cancer, which was published in April 2012 as A Prospective Surveillance Model for Rehabilitation for Women with Breast Cancer. She also co-authored an AOTA fact sheet on breast cancer rehabilitation.

Hughes received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and her master of occupational therapy degree from Texas Woman's University.

Lauro A. Munoz, MOT, OTR, C/NDT, has been a practicing occupational therapist for 21 years. He has specialized in neurology maintaining pediatric and adult certification in Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) and in the Arnadottir OTADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation (A–ONE; Arnadottir, 1990).
He has spent the past 6 years working as an occupational therapy rehabilitation supervisor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, with a focus on developing outpatient programming. His current work is on the assessment and treatment of mild cognitive impairments within the oncology population.

Munoz has served as adjunct faculty at Texas Woman's University and lectured at the state, national, and international level. In 2011, he was named Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. He serves as the chairperson of the physical disabilities special interest section of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Munoz received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and his master of occupational therapy from Texas Women's University.

Arnadottir, G. (1990). The brain and behavior: Assessing cortical dysfunction through activities of daily living. Philadelphia: Mosby.

Learning Level

Target Audience
Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants

AOTA Classification Codes for Continuing Education Activities
Category 1: Domain of Occupational Therapy, Performance Skills
Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process, Evaluation, and Intervention

Continuing Education Credit
A certificate of completion for .4 AOTA CEU (5 NBCOT PDUs/4 contact hours) will be awarded on the successful completion of this course.

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Additional Details:

SKU: 4849
ISBN: 978-1-56900-338-1
Product Type: CD-Rom
Year Published: 2012

  • AOTA Continuing Education
  • Practitioner
  • Continuing Education
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Continuing Education
  • Cancer
  • Activities of Daily Living/ADL
  • Psychosocial