EHR523 Exercise Prescription for Cancer Management (8)

Cancer is the leading cause of total disease burden in Australia. This subject uses a range of teaching strategies, including online lectures, case study tutorials, group work activities, and a Residential School to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required by graduate Exercise Physiologists to work safely and effectively with clients with a cancer history. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge and comprehension of cancer pathophysiology, including aetiology and risk factors, diagnostic procedures, treatments and evidence-based applications for exercise prescription for cancer management before, during and after treatment. After completing this subject, students will be able to conduct effective initial consultations to evaluate the exercise needs of clients with a history of cancer.  Students will also be able to design and deliver safe, effective exercise assessments and lifestyle interventions to evaluate and improve the physical fitness, health, and wellbeing of client's across all phases of the cancer journey.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR523. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students

or as approved by the Course Director.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of the pathophysiology of cancer and factors influencing disease development, reoccurrence and survival when working with clients;
  • be able to describe the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and apply strategies to manage implications for exercise rehabilitation based on information obtained through client consultation;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the effects of lifestyle and exercise on cancer prevention, management of treatment and health and quality of life during survivorship when providing client education and developing exercise prescriptions;
  • be able to perform effective health appraisals and exercise pre-screening in clients living with cancer to identify contraindications and establish goals for exercise participation;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to design and deliver effective lifestyle and exercise interventions to meet client needs across the cancer journey;
  • be able to recognise common psychosocial issues experienced by clients living with cancer and apply behavioural strategies to demonstrate empathy and promote exercise motivation and adherence.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The cancer problem;
  • Pathophysiology and management of cancer;
  • Cancer experience and multidisciplinary care teams;
  • Prostate, colorectal, and breast cancers;
  • Melanoma, lung cancer, and lymphoma;
  • Ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, and sarcoma;
  • Health assessment and cancer consultations;
  • Role of exercise in cancer management;
  • Exercise assessment and interpretation in clients living with cancer;
  • Exercise guidelines and specific alterations for clients living with cancer;
  • Nutrition and weight management considerations in clients living with cancer;
  • Health behaviour change and supporting clients living with cancer.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Distance Education students are required to attend a three (3) day COMPULSORY Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period.  This Residential School is necessary in order to develop practical skills to comply with accreditation requirements.

Special Resources

Distance Education students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period to access laboratory facilities. This will require students to arrange and finance their own travel and accommodation.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.