Cancer rehabilitation is a doctor-supervised program for people who have undergone treatment for cancer, and designed to help patients return to activities of daily living. People who have survived cancer may have physical, emotional, and social issues that affect their quality of life, no matter what kind of cancer they have been treated for. Cancer rehabilitation programs can often improve function, reduce pain, and improve the well-being of cancer survivors.
Cancer rehabilitation programs can be conducted on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the cancer rehabilitation team, including any/all of the following:
A cancer rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending on the specific type of cancer and treatment. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.
The goal of cancer rehabilitation is to help patients return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life--physically, emotionally, and socially. These goals are often met by:
In order to help reach these goals, cancer rehabilitation programs may include the following:
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