The role of cancer rehabilitation in the maintenance of functional integrity and quality of life

Andrea Cheville, Vivek Khemka, Sean O'Mahony

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Abstract

Rehabilitation too often remains clinically marginalized in the care of cancer patients. The perception that only patients capable of full community and vocational pursuits with unrestricted life spans stand to benefit from rehabilitation is inaccurate. Although physical medicine and rehabilitation, or physiatry, was initially dedicated to transitioning individuals with anatomically devastating injuries back to productive lives, the field has broadened considerably. This increased scope is a response to medical advances that have radically altered the prognoses of many formerly fatal diseases. Integration of rehabilitation services in the care of patients with far-advanced pulmonary and cardiac disease is standard. Comparable services are rarely offered to cancer patients, even in the early stages of disease. The purpose of rehabilitation as outlined in this chapter is to improve the quality of life irrespective of etiology or anticipated survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChoices in Palliative Care
Subtitle of host publicationIssues in Health Care Delivery
PublisherSpringer US
Pages62-83
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780387708744
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Cheville, A., Khemka, V., & O'Mahony, S. (2007). The role of cancer rehabilitation in the maintenance of functional integrity and quality of life. In Choices in Palliative Care: Issues in Health Care Delivery (pp. 62-83). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-70875-1_5