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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

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    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 Exercise Oncology 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.