Cancer and the Older Adult


This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM 4.0 BCRPA 10.0 BOC Category A 2.00
CPTN 7.0 HFPA 4.0 ISSA 5.0
KIPS 0.4 NAFC 0.4 NASM 0.4
NETA 4.0 NFPT 0.5 NSCA 0.4
PTAG 5.0 SFA 0.4 WITS 2.0
YMCA 4.0


Virginia Board of Physical Therapy 2.0 (Type 1)–Please check with your state board for approval as most physical therapy boards will reciprocate approval for continuing education.


The American Academy of Health and Fitness (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 2.00 Category A hours/CEUs.


The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “American Academy of Health and Fitness” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from December 2017 – December 2020. Providership # 817430


Pricing and Format Options For This Program:

Electronic Format: $79.00

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Evidence has shown that physical activity has numerous health benefits for cancer patients and survivors. More clinicians and oncologists are recommending exercise as a strategy for reducing the side effects of treatment, speeding recovery, and improving overall quality of life. In turn, cancer survivors are seeking health and fitness professionals with knowledge and experience to help them learn how to exercise safely within their capabilities.

This course identifies cancer risk factors and provides cancer prevention strategies related to lifestyle. The facts and practical applications are intertwined is such a way as to render the information totally relevant. That is, this resource not only deals with the essential materials related to cancer risk, disease states and treatment, but offers research-based guidelines for both avoiding and addressing cancer. There is a section on physical activity for cancer survivors, with specific recommendations regarding exercise and lymphedema. A similar and equally strong segment of this resource is the nutritional guidelines for cancer survivors. All of this leads to a chapter which features specific diet and exercise recommendations for living productively after surviving various types of cancer. This is followed by recipes for attaining desirable amounts of fruits and proteins through shakes and smoothies. In sum, this is an ideal resource for personal trainers who wish to work effectively with older adults who have experienced cancer.

This course is offered to you in a distance-learning format providing advanced continuing education for health and fitness professionals who wish to specialize in training cancer survivors. This course is available for immediate download after purchase. It is an ideal continuing education program for any health or fitness professional who wishes to work safely and effectively with mature adults who have experienced cancer.

Certified health and fitness professionals holding more than one certification may obtain CECs/CEUS for all approved certification organizations (see list above) for which they need continuing education at no additional cost.

Course Objectives

1. Explain what cancer is and how it can develop.
2. Identify lifestyle factors that may increase the risk of getting cancer.
3. Describe how diet, weight and exercise affect the length and quality of cancer survival.
4. Explain diet and exercise recommendations for survivors of various cancers.

Course Materials

Certificate package with online test includes a 64-page manual and 40-page workbook in PDF format. Instructions for completing the 30-question online test and obtaining CECs are also included. Note: This program package is made available for immediate download after purchase. All materials for this program are received electronically. Nothing is mailed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Cancer

Chapter 2: Cancer Prevention Related to Lifestyle

Chapter 3: Risk Factors for Common Cancers

Chapter 4: Cancer Survivors

Chapter 5: Specific Diet and Exercise Recommendations

Chapter 6: Shakes and Smoothies for Special Populations

Return Policy

If you’re not completely satisfied with your prepaid purchase, contact AAHF at 800.957.7348 to discuss a return. The return must be within 30 days of the date of receipt of your shipment. Study materials and educational resources must be received in original condition. All return shipments must be sent via USPS Priority Mail for tracking purposes to 7205 Sampal Place, Springfield, Virginia 22152. Upon receipt of the returned materials, the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) will refund full credit, excluding shipping/handling. Credit will be applied to the appropriate credit card via PayPal. We do not accept returns on online products, e-books, videos, CD/DVD-ROMs, and DVDs.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness reserves the right to discontinue the sale and/or support of any of its continuing education courses. Notification of such will be given six months prior to discontinuance to allow for course completion and testing. No refund will be given for courses that are discontinued.

Additional Information

Different professional organizations offer continuing education credits, most commonly called CECs (continuing education credits) and CEUs (continuing education units). Most CECs/CEUs require one contact hour of professional activity for one credit. Example conversions are: ACE, NSCA and NASM: 0.1 = 1.0 contact hour; ACSM, BOC, ISSA, WITS and YMCA: 1.0 = 1.0 contact hour.


First NameEnter the certification organization(s) for which you are seeking credits: How would you rate this educational activity overall? The program met my expectations. The quality of materials and program design met my expectations.The information received was useful and beneficial.What did you like the most about this program?General Comments:
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Evaluations prior to new system.

Submission DateFirst NameLast NameEnter the certification organization(s) for which you are seeking credits: Promotional materials were accurate and complete.Administrative instructions were complete and understandable.The course content met my expectations.How will you apply the content of this course to your work?What recommendations and/or general comments do you have?How did you hear about this course?Would you recommend this course to a friend?
April 19, 2018SylvanaRomeoCancer and the older adultStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will apply it by now talking about nutrition and base my workouts on the persons ability NonOnlineYes
December 11, 2017CherylWahlBCRPAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will be training breast and prostate cancer survivors.I found this course to cover a lot of information, without overwhelming me. It was well laid out.BCRPA websiteYes
December 4, 2017MichelleKennedyNSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
October 28, 2017NSCAAgreeAgreeAgree
September 17, 2017MissStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeI think it will help when I teach exercise to older adults with various cancer. I could apply knowledge from this course.It was pretty informative. I learn a lot, feeling more confident about cancer.I searched it and I am working with older adults, so I choose this course.Yes
September 15, 2017CPTNStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAbsolutely.NoneCPTN websiteYes
August 23, 2017N/AStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will start training clients with cancer, I also have a number of clients who already have Cancer and this course will help me train them effectively.the Course could have more types of exercises and regrations EG a Barbell Squat could be far to hard but what about a TRX Squat or a lying leg press still in bed using a band as resistance...Google searchYes
August 14, 2017NSCS, California Physical Therapy Board, Florida Physical Therapy BoardAgreeAgreeAgreeBeing a cancer survivor as well as a home health physical therapist, the information in very pertinent to many of the patients that I see, as well as to myself.Yes
July 11, 2017BCRPAAgreeAgreeAgreeOnlineYes
May 22, 2017NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeIt is valuable with various ages and patient populations I work with (and also in my work as an RD, CDE).I enjoyed this quiz! Very informative. I think we all know someone affected by cancer.. Mailing Yes
April 12, 2017NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeThis is a great addition to my Senior Fitness Certification that I received prior to taking this exam. These two classes combined with Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM is allowing me to understand how to train the older adult on medications, dealing with injury and now those that have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer. Yes
December 6, 2016NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeTraining breast cancer survivorsonlineYes
May 29, 2016CPTNAgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeWhen dealing with those with cancer or who have had cancer.Online Yes
March 26, 2016BCRPAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreewith my clients that are newly experiencing cancer, and my clients wanting to prevent cancerexcellent courseBCRPA siteYes
February 8, 2016W.I.T.S.Strongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAbsolutelyCancer info is not always common sense. For example, the fact that breast cancer patients should avoid soy products so that it doesn't fuel the cancer -- while prostate cancer patients can add soy since it limits the cancers ability to be fueled is really super interesting. I learned so much.From W.I.T.S. websiteYes
February 2, 2016NCCPTAgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI work daily with Older Adults who many of which have or have had cancer. This content will help me to understand their needs greater.No recommendationsNCCPT websiteYes
January 15, 2016WITSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will apply knowledge by working with Cancer Survivors doing a specific exercise program for them.I was please with the course and how easy it was to navigate via computer. I totally appreciated the workbook.InternetYes
November 7, 2015HFPAAgreeAgreeNeutralYes
October 1, 2015WITSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeDon't need to yet but will be more knowledgeable should conversation arise.Questionnaire to give to cancer pt./client to cover all the bases. Like a Physical Readiness Questionnaire.WITS siteYes
July 28, 2015ACSMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeWhen training clients who have cancer or are cancer survivors. N/AInfoFITYes
June 25, 2015NCCPT, NASM
April 8, 2015AAHF
April 8, 2015NCCPTStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeYes
April 7, 2015ACSMAgreeAgreeAgreeLiveStrong @ the YMCA working w/ cancer survivorsThank you- very do-ableBrenda Lind at Rochester YMCAYes
April 3, 2015CEC/CEUStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeMake my clientele more aware of cancer risks and what can be done to reduce those risks.Gold's Gym specialist list.Yes
April 2, 2015Gold's GymStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
March 31, 2015ACEStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agree
March 31, 2015NCCPTAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
March 28, 2015Gold's GymStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will be able to use what I have learned when training and advising cancer patients and survivors with training and nutrition advice.None, the course content was presented well and the final exam was very consistent with the study material.Gold's Gym provided list of specialty certificationsYes
March 23, 2015Golds Gym CorporationStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI can now use this material to explain to clients why eating clean is so important. It is so important to eat your fruits and vegetables. I will also be able to use the statistics on how many people get cancer every year from smoking because so many people refuse to give up the habit.NoneI heard about this course through my job as a personal trainer at Gold's Gym.Yes
March 6, 2015SelfNeutralNeutralDisagreeCounseling Oncology PatientsIf felt that the reading material just skimmed over basic information.onlineYes
March 5, 2015NESTAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreePt on the netYes
February 26, 2015CFESStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreerenewalwebsiteYes
January 20, 2015NETAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeFrom taking SrFit course.Yes
January 18, 2015aahfStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreei train mostly older clients that have cancer or are a cancer survivor. i will use the info in designing programs to help with their goalscourse was helpful and i will use the info dailythrough golds gymYes