Incorporating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care

Incorporating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care

Contact hours
On Demand

You likely already know some of the potential benefits that physical activity can bring to your patients with cancer, but haven’t figured out a way to consistently recommend exercise to every patient. This course will give you the information, resources, and hands-on practice you need to feel confident in discussing physical activity in your clinical practice. You’ll gain the necessary knowledge and skills, then provide physical activity recommendations to ten patients and report back on the patients taught.

Course content consists of online slides, and a case study with learning checkpoint tests and downloadable resources that can be used to help assess patients and make individualized physical activity recommendations. In addition, you will have to use the course content and resources to provide physical activity recommendations to ten patients then report back on the patients taught. 

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for six months.

Incorporating Physical Activity into Cancer Care Course Topics

  • Benefits of Healthy Behaviors for Survivors
  • Scope of Practice
  • Barriers to Recommending Physical Activity
  • Assessment of the Person with Cancer for Physical Activity
  • Appropriate Physical Activity Options
  • Physical Activity Resources Folder
  • Teaching Patients About Appropriate Physical Activity

You may also be interested in the ONS books Integrating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care: An Evidence-Based ApproachA Guide to Oncology Symptom Management and Putting Evidence Into Practice: A Pocket Guide to Cancer Symptom Management.

Expected Outcome

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will provide physical activity recommendations to ten (10) people with cancer at low risk for exercise-associated adverse events.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses who provide care to people with cancer across disease trajectories and settings.

ILNA Breakdown

4.5 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 1.5 points: Survivorship
  • 3 points: Professional
Learning Objectives
  • Define patient outcomes positively impacted by physical activity.
  • Define nursing scope of practice to include physical activity recommendations.
  • Identify and address perceived barriers to recommending physical activity.
  • Describe methods to assess the capacity of a person with cancer to safely increase physical activity.
  • Identify appropriate physical activity options for a person with cancer based on their clinical situation and personal preferences.
  • Provide physical activity recommendations to people with cancer at low risk for exercise associated adverse events.

The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

Individual Pricing Options


Group purchases are available

 Registering for 10 or more people? Group discounts are available for this course.

To find out more, contact ONS customer service at or 866-257-4667, option 2. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.

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