CREATE™ - Childhood Cancer Rehabilitation

April 16, 2021 to April 17, 2021

Greater than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will survive for five or more years.  With cure rates rising, emphasis in pediatric oncology is being placed not only on cure, but also on improving the quality of life of pediatric cancer survivors. Functional impairments and physical activity limitations are among the documented late effects of childhood cancer. These impairments begin early in treatment and can contribute to functional performance limitations long into adulthood. Currently, cancer patients are severely underserved by rehabilitation services with treatment rates as low as 1-2%.3-7  This course will provide comprehensive cancer rehabilitation program training designed to educate the inter-professional team in providing evidence-based rehabilitation services to a complex population in a complex setting. This course will include education on functional impairments of childhood cancer survivors, evidence-based rehabilitation assessment and interventions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology), oncology provider screening recommendations, the prospective surveillance model of care across the cancer continuum, and inter-professional program development components.

Target Audience

PTs, OTs, SLPs, RNs, Oncology providers

Learning Objectives

1. Summarize the functional impairments found in the literature and rehabilitation evidence in childhood cancer survivors

2. Compare and contrast the different cancer types, treatments, and implications for rehabilitation

3. Outline the inter-professional program development and execution required for a successful cancer rehab program

4. Describe and apply rehabilitation assessment and intervention strategies for children with cancer

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.00 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/16/2021 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
04/17/2021 - 5:00pm CDT

Day 1 - April 16, 2021



8:30 - 9:00 a.m.Childhood Cancer Rehabilitation Intro
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Cancer Types and Treatment Basics
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Functional Impact of Childhood Cancer and Treatment
a.) CE-CC Model
b.) Neurological System
     i) Central Nervous System
     ii) Peripheral Nervous System
     iii) Pediatric Modified Total Neuropathy Scale 
c.) Musculoskeletal System
d.) Integumentary System

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.Lunch
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.Childhood Cancer Rehabilitation from an Oncology Medical Director Perspective
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.Functional Impact of Childhood Cancer and Treatment
a.) Cardiopulmonary System
b. Multisystem
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.Activity Limitations and Participation Restrictions
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.Rehabilitation Assessment and Intervention Evidence

Day 2 - April 17, 2021



8:30 - 9:00 a.m.                         Cerebellar Mutism Results from International REACH Study
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Discipline Breakouts - Assessment and Intervention
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Discipline Breakouts - Assessment and Intervention
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.Lunch
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.CREATE Childhood Cancer Rehabilitation Program Components and Evidence from Children's Minnesota
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.All Discipline Case Studies
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.Inter-professional Panel Discussion


Lynn Tanner, PT Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist in Oncology

Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD

Diane Lesmeister OTR/L

Leah Podergois MA ,CCC-SLP

Michelle Eibensteiner MS, CCC-SLP

Sharyl Samargia-Grivette, CCC-SLP, PhD

Bonnie Carlson-Green PhD, LP

Susan Sencer, MD



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Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Children’s Minnesota is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Credit Statement:


Children’s Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent to their participation in the activity.


Children’s Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 13.00 ANCC credit hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent to their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.00 ANCC


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