Cancer Rehabilitation (Course Code: N-111)

Elective Course Description

This rotation provides adult outpatient consultation experience with patients with cancer and/or cancer treatment related neurologic and musculoskeletal impairment and disability; including spinal cord injury, brain injury, peripheral neuropathy, contractures, arthralgias, myalgias, lymphedema, and general debility. Participants of this elective will be supervised by teaching faculty and MSK Cancer Rehabilitation fellows.

Learning Objectives


  1. Elicit an accurate and detailed medical history and perform an accurate and detailed physical exam on cancer patients.

  2. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and physical examination.

  3. Develop a rehabilitation plan of care for the cancer patient, integrating medical, functional, and social findings.

  4. Establish a respectful, compassionate, empathetic attitude toward the cancer patient

Students will be evaluated on the above on a pass/fail basis.  

Suggested Literature

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America: Adjunctive Rehabilitation Approaches to Oncology. February 2017.

For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.