Oncology & Lymphedema Management Certification

(4 Days, 35 CE hrs, 8:00am-6:30pm)

Comprehensive care of the oncology patient requires extensive knowledge beyond CDT. In order to effectively treat an oncology patient with lymphedema, we must also have a clear understanding of the patients’ cancer experience (type of cancer, stage, grade, side effects of specific surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, biotherapy, targeted therapy and hormonal therapies) as well as effectively perform differential diagnostics and identify oncologic emergencies. This course dives into the specifics of the cancer experience, providing opportunity to treat the whole patient. You will learn new manual skills and interventions to combine with CDT to effectively treat the musculoskeletal, soft tissue and scar tissue restrictions that simultaneously occur with a person going through cancer treatment. Advanced lymphedema training will be provided for complex conditions of head and neck cancer, breast, truncal and genital lymphedema, as well as treatment of lymphedema for people with active cancer. A certificate of achievement will be awarded to participants who pass a written exam of 70% or above, demonstrate competency in manual lymphatic skills, and complete a plan of care for a complex oncology case study. Feedback will be provided during supervised labs for evaluation techniques, manual lymphatic drainage, other manual techniques and therapeutic exercises.

Course Schedule / Outline

About the Instructor

Lisa Marshall is the Owner and Director of Rehabilitation Services of Specialty Rehabilitation Inc., Newark, DE. She has 27 years of clinical experience, including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, acute care, home health and skilled nursing care. She has specialized in Oncology Rehabilitation for the last 20 years and has been lymphedema trained for 18 years. In 2002, she founded Specialty Rehabilitation, Inc., an outpatient therapy clinic focusing on specialized care in: oncology rehabilitation, pelvic floor dysfunction, and lymphedema management. She started her private practice based on specific needs in her community in Newark, Delaware. There were minimal services at that time in oncology, women’s health, and lymphedema therapy. Currently, as owner and director of rehabilitation services, she provides oncology and lymphedema rehabilitation programs with physical and occupational therapy services at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute at Christiana Care Health Services. She also acts as a consultant for Memorial Sloan Kettering Outpatient Oncology Rehabilitation Services, and CanSurround. Lisa has provided invited lectures and course instruction for the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI), AOTA, DOTA, Oncology Nursing Society and various universities and colleges. Her mission is to provide high quality specialized care for people with cancer, pelvic floor dysfunction, and/or lymphedema, pre-habilitation through palliation.

Educational Level

Advanced Education. Specialized training for licensed health care professionals.

Who Should Attend

Best suited for licensed rehabilitation specialists who work with individuals with cancer and lymphedema.


PT, PTA, OT, COTA, MD, DO, DPM, PA, NP, RN license AND already hold a lymphedema certification, such as CLT-LANA, CLWT, or CLT. Licensed Massage Therapists who work in medical based practices, and are also CLT-LANA certified, are welcome to register.