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Scope of Practice in Cancer Rehabilitation


Purpose of Review

This review sets out to delineate the specific roles of different rehabilitation team members in cancer care. We sought to reduce confusion among cancer care providers and rehabilitation providers regarding the overlap of rehabilitation team member skill sets.

Recent Findings

Recently, a new definition for cancer rehabilitation has been put forth. This definition highlights that highly trained rehabilitation professionals evaluate and treat physical and cognitive impairments. In addition, a new guideline has been put forth to help integrate palliative care into cancer care.


This review should help those involved with cancer care to understand what different rehabilitation professionals do and do not do. There is significant overlap between certain providers which can be an advantage as well as a disadvantage. This overlap can help programs with limited rehabilitation services better adapt to provide a multitude of rehabilitation services.

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Eric Wisotzky, Ashish Khanna, Nicole Hanrahan, and Susan Maltser declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Wisotzky, E., Khanna, A., Hanrahan, N. et al. Scope of Practice in Cancer Rehabilitation. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep 5, 55–63 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40141-017-0144-y

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