Cancer Rehabilitation Can Help Improve Quality of Life
Cancer rehabilitation has been shown to improve
patient outcomes and decrease symptom burden.
The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)1 has recently stated that exercise can be a form of medicine for individuals with cancer. They cite many studies that find benefits of being physically active such as:
  • Decrease the burden of cancer-related fatigue
  • Improve mental health
  • Improve health-related quality of life
  • Reduce risk of recurrence
  • Reduce risk of morbidity, new cancers and other potential coexisting conditions

After reviewing the evidence behind physical activity, COSA recommended the following:
  • Keeping individuals engaged in physical activity should become part of a standard cancer care plan to mitigate the short-, long- and late-term effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • All cancer care team members should promote physical activity and encourage patient adherence to exercise guidelines (150 minutes of activity per week).
  • The value and role of exercise in cancer recovery should be discussed with all patients.
  • The value and role of exercise and staying physically active should be communicated to individuals with cancer and their caregivers.
  • Referrals 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 the Society 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 to address and resolve rehabilitation issues for cancer
patients, partnering hand-in-hand with their dedicated oncologists, so they can focus on their patients’ cancer
treatment.

Hear more about the comprehensive ReVital program from Dr. Stubblefield in this short video.
Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield
National Medical Director at ReVital
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ReVital Improves Quality of Life

At least one-third of individuals with cancer rate their quality of life as poor. They report having difficulty with daily activities, such as working, driving, making meals, housekeeping, etc. Approximately one-half feel distressed by physical limitations.2-5 ReVital therapists are specially trained in physical activity and exercise for individuals with cancer to address their quality of life and their ability to engage in daily activities. When individuals are unable to take care of themselves and have heavy symptom burden (pain and fatigue), they may find themselves with Emergency Department visits and hospital readmissions that could have been prevented. Our clinicians have received extensive training in the short-, long- and late-term effects of various cancer treatments, as well as their effects on functional status. Our team of clinicians will prescribe a safe and effective multimodal exercise program for individuals with 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 your patients’ quality of life and outcomes please contact us.
References

1. Cormie P, Atkinson M, Bucci L, et al. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia position statement on exercise in cancer care. Medical Journal of Australia. 2018;209(4):184-187.
2. Mehnert A, Hartung T, Friedrich M, et al. One in two cancer patients is significantly distressed: Prevalence and indicators of distress. Psycho‐oncology. 2018;27(1):75-82.
3. Wells M, Cunningham M, Lang H, et al. Distress, concerns and unmet needs in survivors of head and neck cancer: a cross-sectional survey. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2015;24(5):748-760.
4. Weaver KE, Forsythe LP, Reeve BB, et al. Mental and Physical Health–Related Quality of Life among U.S. Cancer Survivors: Population Estimates from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2012.
5. Mehnert A, Barth J, Gaspar M, et al. Predictors of early retirement after cancer rehabilitation—a longitudinal study. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2017;26(5):e12528.