Cancer Rehabilitation
Cancer rehabilitation has been shown to improve
patient outcomes
“Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective intervention to counteract many of the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment,” according to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA).1 In their recently released position statement, COSA claims exercise is associated with:
  • Attenuating cancer-related fatigue
  • Alleviating psychological distress
  • Improving quality of life across multiple general health and cancer-specific domains
  • Reducing the risk of new cancers and comorbid conditions
  • Reducing the risk of cancer recurrence

COSA took into consideration all current evidence and made the following recommendations:
  • Exercise should become part of a standard practice for cancer care to combat the short-, long- and late-term effects of illness and treatment.
  • All cancer care team members should promote physical activity and encourages patient adherence to exercise guidelines.
  • The value and role of exercise in cancer recovery should be discussed with all patients.
  • Best practice should include a referral to an accredited exercise physiologist, physical therapist or rehabilitation therapist with specialized cancer care training.

Exercise prescription and patient education are two key components of all cancer rehabilitation treatment plans. Learn more about COSA’s position statement and the research they reviewed.

Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield, National Medical Director at ReVital, is a nationally recognized leader in the
field of cancer rehabilitation. He explains how cancer rehabilitation can benefit oncologists and their care
teams. Dr Stubblefield talks about how ReVital helps take care of the rehabilitation issues for cancer
patients, partnering hand-in-hand with their dedicated oncologists, so they can focus on cancer treatment.
Hear more about the comprehensive ReVital program from him in this short video.
Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield
National Medical Director at ReVital
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ReVital Improves Quality of Life

As the first comprehensive cancer rehabilitation program designed for patients and aligned to oncology practice needs, ReVital supports COSA’s recommendations. ReVital therapists are specially trained to address the issues that often result in unnecessary ED visits and readmissions. Our clinicians have received extensive training in the short-, long- and late-term effects of various cancer treatments, as well as the effects on functional status. Our team of clinicians has all of the tools needed to prescribe a safe and effective multimodal exercise program for patients and survivors of all cancer types, from diagnosis through palliative care. ReVital clinicians also stay abreast of the most up-to-date research and literature to ensure treatment plans are evidence-based and follow best practice standards.

To learn more about how ReVital can help you improve quality of life and patient satisfaction, contact us.
References

1. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. 2018. COSA POSITION STATEMENT ON EXERCISE IN CANCER CARE.