An Overview of Cancer and the Role of Occupational Therapy in Cancer Rehabilitation


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Michelle Foley, MOT, OTR/L

This course will provide an overview of cancer, cancer statistics, characteristics of cancer cells, cancer causes, risk factors, and symptoms, cancer types, diagnosis and staging, and treatment.

Target Audience

This course is well-suited for occupational therapists as well as other professionals with a background in rehabilitation who are interested in OT’s role in caring for clients with cancer.

Educational Level

Introductory: Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe general information regarding cancer incidence, categories, and care.
  • Describe the most common cancer diagnoses, including clinical presentation and symptoms.
  • Describe common risk factors for cancer.
  • Identify the role of occupational therapy in evaluating, planning, and treating individuals with cancer.
  • Appreciate the contribution of occupational therapy to cancer rehabilitation, survivorship, and palliative care.

Completion Requirements

1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training. Instructor is an occupational therapist for UF Health.


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