The Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute
The Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI) is an entity of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Established in 1996, RMCRI’s mission is to relieve suffering, promote self-sufficiency, improve quality of life, and eliminate secondary cancers and cancer recurrence for cancer survivors through prescriptive exercise and nutrition evidence-based interventions. The Institute presently is the only facility of its kind in the country and is recognized as a frontrunner in cancer rehabilitation. Clinical rehabilitation services have grown since 1996 to over 1000 adult patients with all types of cancer in various stages of treatment and with increasing severity of illness. Research initiatives have produced over 130 national juried presentations and manuscripts culminating in a published textbook. Educational endeavors have resulted in more than 500 undergraduate students trained as cancer exercise specialists and 215 master’s and doctoral graduate students mentored to conduct clinical and basic research in cancer rehabilitation. International and national educational programs to teach others how to implement and manage cancer rehabilitation centers in concert with numerous public and private sector consultations have established RMCRI directors (Carole Schneider, Ph.D.; Reid Hayward, Ph.D.; and Kurt Dallow, M.D.) as leaders in the field of utilizing exercise and nutrition as an intervention for cancer treatment-related symptoms. In 2003, the University of Northern Colorado received federal funding to build a 10,000 sq ft facility, the Ben Nighthorse Campbell Center, which houses RMCRI.
The Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute is committed to the advancement of quality of life for cancer survivors during and following treatment through prescriptive exercise rehabilitation and nutritional intervention.