People with cancer have rehabilitative needs throughout their care pathway.
Cancer rehabilitation can be preventative, restorative, supportive and palliative. The evidence is growing that cancer rehabilitation can benefit those with a cancer diagnosis across a wide range of outcomes.
PINC and Steel, an organisation that supports people with cancer through physical rehabilitation, has created this infographic on cancer rehab. Some key points from this are below.
Multifaceted benefits of cancer rehabilitation
● 37% reduction in cancer mortality risk through physical activity
● 35% decrease in cancer recurrence risk for active patients
● Improves balance, quality of life, bone health, muscle mass, and functionality
● Addresses fatigue, enhances sleep quality, reduces anxiety, and depression
● Improves bodily functions like bladder and bowel health
● Comprehensive restoration of health for cancer survivors
A call to action
● Global coalition demands inclusion of exercise rehab in cancer care
● Existing practices falling short in providing rehabilitation for survivors
● Urgency to prioritise holistic well-being in cancer care plans
To sum up, cancer rehabilitation supports a holistic approach that can empower survivors to regain health and zest for life.