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What is rehabilitation for cancer patients?
Cancer rehabilitation focuses on the most common problems that patients experience after treatment. These include fatigue, pain, balance issues, muscle weakness, swelling in arms and legs, difficulty swallowing, numbness in the hands and feet, and any changes in cognitive condition. Seniors are more at risk for experiencing these problems, and a weakened condition can exacerbate other health issues.
The best approach is one that involves many professional specialties, essentially a rehabilitation team that supports the comprehensive rehabilitation plan. Initial assessments of impairments and disabilities are crucial data for establishing a baseline that professionals can then use to create a rehabilitation plan and goals that are most beneficial to the patient. A treatment plan initially emphasizes restoring independence with ADLs, mobility, cognition, and communication, and subsequently gets the individual back into the community and the workforce as required.
Improvement to cancer rehab has arrived
"We don't systematically screen for functional problems," said Andrea Cheville, director of cancer programs in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic. Therefore, medical professionals don’t often initially address cancer survivors’ issues that could benefit from rehabilitation. Opportunities for improvement are most significant when functional problems are attended to early on. Research is just starting to document how much improvement potential exists when cancer patients are prescribed adequate rehabilitation.
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