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Master of Cancer Care

 

This program is the first cancer care master’s degree in the nation focused on exercise oncology within a multi-disciplinary approach. Courses embrace a variety of disciplines (e.g., exercise physiology, nutrition, physical therapy, psychology)  while remaining strictly focused on current scientific knowledge of cancer.

  • First Master of Cancer Care Program in the Nation

    The Master of Science in Cancer Care, Exercise Physiology Concentration (launched Fall 2016) focuses on the development of exercise professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide specialty services to the growing cancer population. The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis University provides on-site clinical and research opportunities. The degree program is also supported by the work of the newly established Center for the Study of Rural Cancer Survivors. 


    • Need for Cancer Care
    • Program Overview
    • Faculty and Facilities
    • Resources, Research, and Results
    Need for Cancer Care

    Cancer is a disease that affects millions of people every year.  According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), 1.6 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year and nearly 14 million people who have survived cancer.

     

    • By 2020, it is projected that there will be 18 million cancer survivors.
    • In 15 years (2030), the incidence of cancer is expected to rise to 2.3 million diagnoses per year.  
    • Even after treatment is completed, cancer survivors have impairments that limit their ability to return to full activities.
    • Exercise programs, rehabilitation, and counseling have been effective in treating or preventing cancer-related impairments.  

     

    Program Overview

    The Masters of Science in Cancer Care with a concentration in Exercise Physiology focuses on the development of exercise professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide specialty services to the growing cancer survivor population. The program is broad-based yet strictly focused on current scientific knowledge of cancer. The curriculum offers students the understanding of the disease process, its treatment, its effects on the body systems in terms of fitness, as well as its psychological impacts on the individual. 

     

    The outcomes of the program will be to graduate students who either want to be practitioners, at the RCEP or CES level with an ability to fit into a variety of clinical or research environments, or those who go on for a Doctoral Degree (PhD).

    Course Details

    Faculty and Facilities

    This interdisciplinary program is housed within the Department of Physical Therapy with instructional support from related fields. Dr. Stephen Baker, Dr. Stephen LoRusso and Dr. Ivan Mulligan serve as program coordinators.

    Faculty

    Facilities

    Resources, Research, and Results

    This program will give you the opportunity to have a significant impact in the outcome of individuals diagnosed with cancer.  The opportunity to chart measurable results and learn outside the classroom, will give you an edge as you begin your career.

     

    • The Survivor's Perspective

      "I'm grateful that an organization like this, cares enough to create a cancer care team and sees the importance of helping build the foundation of getting well and staying well."

      ~ Linda Gilroy Palmer, breast and ovarian cancer survivor.

      Program Overview