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One Question Interview: Jodi Steele

If you could tell practitioners 5 things, what would they be?

1. Cancer is #1 cause of death in Canada

You are going to see cancer everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you practice in private clinic, rehabilitation centers or home care. Cancer has now taken over cardiac disease as the # 1 killer in Canada, and practitioners need to be trained in cancer rehab.

2. Remember your bag of tricks

As practitioners there is so much we can do for patients with cancer - it’s all in our bag of tricks, we just need to apply it in the cancer context. Take for example a sub-scapular soft tissue release - Why aren’t we (if appropriate) doing a sub-scapular release in patients with cancer who are recovering post-mastectomy?

3. Cancer work is very rewarding!

Working with patients with cancer is so rewarding. Patients with cancer will never miss an appointment. They will always come in a snow-storm! There is never a dull moment.

4. Educate yourself in Cancer Rehabilitation

Get yourself trained in cancer rehabilitation: take one or two courses, read, or join the oncology division in CPA. Educate yourself.

5. Advocate!

Advocate for your patients with cancer. If you are treating a patient with cancer, communicate your treatment and progress with your referral source. The more information that gets out to doctors and the public regarding the role of physiotherapy in cancer rehabilitation, the closer we are to establishing a standard of practice around cancer care.


Thanks so much to Jodi for answering my one-question interview. If you're interested in learning more about rehabilitation for those with cancer, check out Jodi's PowerPoint "Cancer, Exercise and Rehabilitation: Evidence and Practice".

Click Here for the Full Course.


Jodi Steele  PT, BKin, BSc(PT)

Jodi earned her kinesiology degree in 1997 and a physiotherapy degree in 1999 from McMaster University. Upon graduation, she co-developed an oncology rehabilitation program, Cancer Rehab-The Next Step. In 2005 her husband joined her and founded Cancer Rehab Inc., Canada’s first not-for-profit cancer rehabilitation center.

In 2009, Jodi designed, developed and launched Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program, which continues to be delivered at sites throughout southern Ontario. For her innovative contributions to society, Jodi received the 2009 Arch Award from McMaster University.

Presently Jodi is a professor at Niagara College. She continues to educate peers through educational lectures focusing on cancer exercise and rehabilitation for health care professionals and lymphedema management in the home care setting.


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