The Irish Cancer Society doesn’t inform us about the benefits of Prehabilitation.
Cancer ‘prehabilitation’ can reduce complications and improve treatment outcomes.
There is no information about Prehabilitation on the Irish Cancer Society website.
Goals and benefits of cancer prehabilitation
Prevent or reduce treatment related impairments
Reduce unnecessary testing
Reduce time to recovery milestones
Reduce hospital lengths of stay
Reduce visits to Rehabilitation clinics
Reduce hospital readmissions
Reduce risk of second primary cancer
Reduce risk of cancer recurrence
Improve health-related quality-of-life.
This is not a full list
“Prehabilitation” is any interventions given between the time of diagnosis and the start of cancer treatment. According to a report in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, prehabilitation is aimed at reducing complications from treatments and improving physical and mental health outcomes.
In their article, Drs. Julie K. Silver and Jennifer Baima of Harvard Medical School, write
“A growing body of evidence supports preparing newly diagnosed cancer patients for and optimizing their health before starting acute treatments,”
“Newly diagnosed cancer patients are often seeking ways to become immediately involved in their care that may go beyond decision making about upcoming treatments. A common question that oncology healthcare professionals hear from patients is, ”What can I do right now to help myself? “ Cancer prehabilitation affords the oncology health professional an excellent opportunity to provide expert guidance regarding targeted prehabilitation interventions that simultaneously improve physical and psychological health outcomes and create a partnership with the patient.”
Examples of cancer prehabilitation areas of focus
Joint range of motion
Therapeutic exercise (for specific issues)
General exercise (to increase physical activity)
Activities of daily living (ADLs)
Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)
Durable medical equipment
Supportive oncology symptom management
Integrative oncology interventions
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