Cancer Exercise Training for Health & Fitness Professionals
THE MOST CURRENT EVIDENCE-BASED ONCOLOGY EXERCISE TRAINING WORLDWIDE
There were 19.3 million new cancer cases worldwide in 2020 and 50 million cancer SURVIVORS!
1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.
“Cancer can strip you of everything- hair, body parts, strength, endurance, hope, finances, relationships, job, self-esteem, and self-confidence.” – Andrea Leonard
As a health and fitness professional you can EMPOWER patients and survivors at all stages of the cancer journey. You can help them to reclaim control of their minds and their bodies through individualized oncology exercise programming. Here’s how:
Physical activity is linked to reduced rates of certain cancers. Exercise has many biological effects on the body including:
Lowering the levels of sex hormones, such as estrogen, and growth factors that have been associated with cancer development and progression
Preventing high blood levels of insulin, which has been linked to cancer development and progression
Improving immune system function
Altering the metabolism of bile acids, decreasing exposure of the gastrointestinal tract to these suspected carcinogens
Reducing the time it takes for food to travel through the digestive system, minimizing the time that potential carcinogens are in contact with the mucosal lining of the stomach
Helping to prevent obesity, which is a risk factor for many cancers as well as cancer co-morbidities
Before Treatment Begins
Physical activity can help improve overall health status and prepare patients mentally and physically for the difficult journey ahead of them.
Physical activity helps to minimize cancer-related adverse effects and has a beneficial effect on the whole body. Benefits include, but are not limited to:
Minimizes treatment-related side effects, such as mental and physical fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, lymphedema, osteoporosis, diabetes, damage to the heart and lungs, and nausea
Improves mobility and the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL’s)
Improves balance and reduces fall-related injuries
Prevent cancer cachexia (muscle loss) and increases overall strength
Decreases weight gain and obesity, which may increased the risk of future cancers and co-morbidities such as lymphedema, diabetes, and heart disease
Improved sleep which is critical for healing
- Improved treatment efficacy
Improve survival rates for certain cancers, (breast and colorectal cancer)
Improve quality of life, self-confidence, and self-esteem
Physical activity following cancer surgery and treatment can help patients return to their previous fitness level or, in many cases, even better!
Improved shoulder range of motion (ROM) following mastectomy for breast cancer and head and neck cancer surgery
Corrects muscles imbalances due to surgery and radiation that can lead to pain, joint degeneration, and injury
- Quicker return to normal activities and work
Increased stamina and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL’s)
Improve quality of life, self-confidence, and self-esteem
Multiple studies show that regular physical activity is linked to increased life expectancy after a diagnosis of cancer, in many cases by decreasing the risk of cancer recurrence.
The American Cancer Society, the World Cancer Research Fund, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the US Department of Health and Human Services all advocate physical activity for cancer patients and survivors.
- One prospective study of patients with breast cancer found that women who exercised for two and a half hours per week after they had been diagnosed had a 67 percent lower risk of death compared with patients who did no exercise.
So What is The Challenge?
Cancer patients and survivors are less active than the general population. It may be due to pain, fear of pain, or lack of resources.
One thing is for certain – there are not enough trained health and fitness professionals who have the training and expertise to work safely and effectively with cancer patients and survivors.
Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification
The Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with cancer patients during and after cancer surgery and treatment and into survivorship. Participants will expand their skills as a CES and gain a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. Our unique and individualized programming will help to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the mental and physical stress following cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification is considered the gold-standard in oncology-exercise training worldwide.
Since 1995 we have trained more Cancer Exercise Specialists worldwide than any other organization. The Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification programming covers 26 types of cancer, as well as pediatrics, with special emphasis on breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Our coursework is revised and updated every two years to provide you with the most current, evidence-based material available.
If you are a health or fitness professional, the Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification will allow you to:
Gain an understanding or breast cancer surgery, treatment, and reconstructive procedures
- Gain an understanding of lymphedema; learn how to implement appropriate lymph drainage protocols and learn the appropriate progression of exercises for each client
- Gain an understanding of cancer treatment, the acute and chronic side-effects, and learn the appropriate progression of exercises for each client
- Gain an understanding of the role of nutrition and alcohol intake on cancer prevention
- Gain an understanding of the psychological implications of a cancer diagnosis, the stages of grief, and what it’s like to be a caregiver
- Learn how to conduct a comprehensive physical assessment that includes a postural assessment, goniometric measurements, Trendelenberg Test, Modified Thomas Test, and more
- Learn how to create safe and effective exercise programming, for in-person or virtual training, for individuals or groups. This includes Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates, Aquatics, and Group Exercise and more.
How Does the CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification Training Work?
The Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification is an online training platform designed for all health and fitness professionals – yoga, Pilates, personal trainers, physical and occupational therapists, oncology nurses, patient navigators and doctors who work with, or want to work with cancer patients and survivors.
Over 35 video training modules
Over 500 pages of the most current and evidence-based content on oncology exercise
Printable forms and business-building resources
Private Facebook community for ongoing education and peer support