Rehabilitation Considerations in Geriatric Oncology

Nicole Scheiman, DrOT, MHS, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, CKTP, CEES-Advanced, CES, CSST, CDCS, CORE

Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Professional Education



Age is the single most significant risk factor for developing cancer, with 60% of all newly diagnosed malignant tumors and 70% of all cancer deaths occurring in persons 65 years or older (Korc-Grodzicki & Tew, 2017). Increased survival, along with a rise in new diagnoses of cancer among older adults, makes geriatric cancer patients the largest proportion of the population of cancer survivors in the United States (Extermann, 2020). Therefore, clinicians working with the older adult population are charged with understanding cancer treatment paired with the unique needs of the aging individual. This course will improve your understanding of these distinct rehabilitation needs of the older adult with cancer to enable you to provide effective treatment options to enhance overall quality of life in your daily practice.


  • Immediately improve your understanding of the unique rehabilitation needs of the older adult with cancer
  • Confidently provide safe, effective, and age-friendly treatment options for older adults receiving medical intervention for cancer

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the unique rehabilitation needs of the older adult with cancer.
  2. Demonstrate best practices for safe, effective, and age- friendly treatment options for older adults receiving medical intervention for cancer.

Course Content

Rehabilitation Considerations in Geriatric Oncology
SCORM Package
Next Steps
  1. Geriatric Oncology
    1. Population trends
    2. Physiological changes
  2. Assessment and Rehabilitation Considerations for the Older Adult with Cancer
    1. Psychosocial status/social isolation
    2. Functional/ADL status/decline/falls
    3. Cognition
    4. Depression
    5. Nutrition
    6. Fatigue
    7. Geriatric syndromes
    8. Pain considerations
    9. Exercise guidelines and prescription: Improvefunctional/ADL status and reduce falls
  3. Best Practice for PT and OT to improve quality oflife

Nicole Scheiman, DrOT, MHS, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, CKTP, CEES-Advanced, CES, CSST, CDCS, CORE has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for over 20 years in the areas of acute care, outpatient, aquatic therapy, home care, animal assisted therapy, skilled nursing, and consultative capacities. Dr. Scheiman has extensive personal and professional experience working with individuals with cancer and the often-debilitating co-morbidities left behind. Dr. Scheiman has a passion for improving the rehabilitation care provided to individuals with cancer throughout their journey. Her certifications associated with cancer include being a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner, Cancer Exercise Specialist, and Certified Oncology Rehab Expert.

Dr. Scheiman focused her master’s Capstone on Edema Management and her Doctoral Capstone on Cancer Rehabilitation. Dr. Scheiman has published, “To Pump or Not to Pump” in OT and PT Practice. She has published two chapters on lymphedema in the OT and OTA national board exam review books, “45 Days and Counting.” She has also published a study on the “Surveillance Protocols for Survivors at Risk for Lymphedema” for the Current Breast Cancer Reports Journal. Dr. Scheiman has also been invited to present at the King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia on Cancer. She has presented nationally at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA) conferences on oncology and edemas. She is an active member with AOTA, IOTA, and the National Lymphedema Network. Dr. Scheiman is the 2022 recipient of the AOTA Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Occupational Therapy. Additionally, she is active on her local hospital board of directors and recently joined the board for the Lymphology Association of North America.


FINANCIAL: Nicole Scheiman is compensated by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Nicole Scheiman has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

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