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Division Courses

The Oncology Division is dedicated to providing its members with the latest continuing education opportunities in order to promote research and evidence-based practice. Here, you will find information on upcoming division regional courses, webinars, and online courses.

Rehabilitation Techniques in Oncology


Instructor: Jodi Steele B.Kin, B.H.Sc (PT)

Date: May 6 & 7, 2023

Location: University of Saskatchewan

Course Purpose

In Canada, people with a diagnosis of cancer are surviving longer. With the increased survival rates, many challenges associated with cancer and its treatments occur. The absence of rehabilitation treatment options has become a reality for many people. There are solutions, one being a greater number of qualified healthcare providers trained to help people with cancer regain the ability to perform pre-diagnosis activities of daily living and, for many, return to work.

As healthcare professionals, we will increasingly work with clients who have had a diagnosis of cancer. This growing population attends inpatient, private clinics, hospice, palliative wards and home care for treatment. Healthcare professionals must understand this population's unique needs and have the skills and knowledge necessary to continue providing excellent care.

Learning Outcomes

  • The most relevant cancers and their medical treatments

  • Appropriate exercise techniques and safety considerations

  • The scope of practice a health professional works within and when to refer a client to another professional

  • How to administer an oncology assessment

  • How to design an individualized fitness plan


Practical Components

  • Lymphedema measurement techniques

  • Manual shoulder techniques for breast cancer

  • Myofascial release techniques

  • Stretching and strengthening techniques

  • Case studies to apply knowledge


Included Documents

  • Course participants will receive digital courseware, including an oncology assessment, outcome measures, an exercise log and a workbook.

  • Certification of completion.

About the Instructor

Jodi earned her kinesiology degree in 1997 and a physiotherapy degree in 1999 from McMaster University. After graduation, she began co-developing an oncology rehabilitation program, Cancer Rehab—The Next Step. In 2005 her husband joined her and founded Cancer Rehab Inc., a not-for-profit centre aimed at improving the lives of those living with cancer. Jodi recognized that individuals undergoing cancer treatments experience side effects such as lymphedema, fatigue, mobility issues and depression. The clinic provided exercise-based rehabilitation services that were previously unavailable in Canada.

In 2009, Jodi designed, developed and launched Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program. Wellspring’s program, similar to what was offered at Cancer Rehab Inc., is now accessed throughout southern Ontario at five locations. She continues to work with Wellspring Niagara as a program leader for in-person and online exercise classes.

Presently Jodi is a professor at Niagara College teaching in multiple programs: Fitness, PSW, OT/PT Assistant, Massage Therapy, and International Nursing. Her other teaching opportunities involve educational lectures focusing on cancer exercise and rehabilitation for health care professionals and another focusing on lymphedema management in the home care setting. In 2017, Jodi began offering her professional education courses online through Embodia, a digital healthcare platform.

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