Cancer Exercise Certificate


Plus FREE Cancer and the Older Adult CEC program with purchase!

Value $79 – Click here for details of the program!

This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:
ACSM 20.0 AFAA 15.0       BCRPA 20.0
BOC Category A 15.5 CPTN 14.0       ISSA 22.0
NASM 1.9 NFPT 2.0       NSCA 1.7
SFA 20.0 PTAG 2.0       YMCA 20.0
Yoga Alliance 22 (non-contact hours)

Virginia Board of Physical Therapy 15.5 (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 15.5 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: $399.00

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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.

The Cancer Exercise Certificate Program 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 gain a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. The program’s 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.

It takes a special person, both empathetic and compassionate, to work with cancer patients. One must have a deep understanding of exercise oncology and how to safely and effectively create an exercise program with proper modifications and progressions. The Cancer Exercise Certificate Program will give you the tools and confidence that you need to work safely and effectively with cancer patients and survivors at all stages of the recovery journey.

The Cancer Exercise Certificate Program is a comprehensive continuing education home study course offered to you in a distance-learning format covers 25 types of cancer, as well as pediatrics, with special emphasis on breast cancer and breast reconstruction. The Cancer Exercise Training Institute has trained more health and fitness professionals worldwide in the area of cancer and exercise than any other organization. Andrea Leonard, 33-year cancer survivor, author of “Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors,” NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist, and President/Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute began her extensive research in 1995; long before anyone had ever heard of “cancer exercise.” She spent three years working on Essential Exercises with the chiefs of breast surgery at Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns’ Hopkins University Hospital Medical Centers. Realizing there was a need to assist patients with many types of cancer, Andrea expanded her research and writing to cover a broader spectrum. She is truly a pioneer in the field of cancer and exercise and has paved the way for other organizations to follow.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the different surgeries, including reconstructive, and the impact of these surgeries on physical mobility, posture, and activities of daily living.
3. Understand the signs and symptoms of upper and lower extremity lymphedema and how to prevent and manage them.
4. Perform a full-body postural assessment and range of motion assessment.
5. Develop a comprehensive therapeutic exercise program to help correct muscle imbalance and range of motion limitations while addressing other acute and chronic treatment side-effects.
6. Develop sensible periodization principles based on the patient/survivors age, fitness level, reaction to treatment and/or length of survivorship.

Course Materials

Electronic format — The Cancer Exercise Certificate Program package with online test is divided into four modules each with a handbook in PDF format and accompanying video. Instructions for completing the 100-question multiple-choice online final test and obtaining CECs are also included in PDF format. Note: This course package is made available for immediate access and download after purchase. All materials for this electronic format course are available electronically. Nothing is mailed.

Table of Contents


Get an in-depth look at the most common surgical procedures for 25 of the most common cancer types, as well as pediatrics. Experience a video-based session, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.

Surgical Incisions
Acute and Chronic Side-effects
Gain a deeper insight into the most common surgical procedures for breast cancer, acute and chronic side-effects of cancer treatment, how to identify neurological complications, and how to prevent, identify, and manage upper and lower extremity lymphedema. Experience a video-based session, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.


Types of Breast Cancer
Risk Factors
Breast Surgery and Reconstruction
Cancer Treatment
Neurological Complications
Learn how to conduct a postural assessment and understand the balance of agonists and antagonists in order to sequentially determine individualized programming based on range of motion limitations, correcting postural deviations, acute and chronic side-effects, and lymphedema prevention and management. Experience a video-based session, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.


Posture, Pain and Muscle Imbalance
Conducting a Comprehensive Assessment
Correcting Muscle Imbalances and Exercise Programming
Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Exercise Intensity
How to Use a Goniometer/Correcting Range of Motion Limitations and Exercise Programming
Core and Balance Exercises
Manual Stretching Techniques
Gain critical knowledge about how a properly prescribed and executed exercise program can help cancer patients and survivors to combat fatigue, decrease depression and pain, and how diet can play a critical role in treatment as well as long-term survivorship. Experience an in-depth, video discussion between Andrea Leonard – President and Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and Dr. Tami De La Melena – Portland, Oregon breast surgeon, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.


Benefits of Exercise
Cancer Related Pain
Mental and Physical Fatigue
Psychology of Fitness
Cancer Treatment and Weight management
Alcohol and Cancer Risk
Conquering Cancer with Nutrition
Working with Medical Community

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.


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Self study.
I wouldn't recommend this course to exercise professionals.