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Cancer Rehabilitation

A Concise and Portable Pocket Guide

  • Jennifer Baima
  • Ashish Khanna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Katherine Power, Ashish Khanna
    Pages 13-28
  3. Alba Azola, R. Samuel Mayer
    Pages 85-96
  4. Diana Molinares, Sara Parke, Ekta Gupta
    Pages 97-110
  5. Mathew J. Most, John Haskoor
    Pages 111-126
  6. Charles Mitchell, Vishwa Raj, Terrence Pugh
    Pages 127-142
  7. Grigory Syrkin
    Pages 143-155
  8. Michael Stubblefield, Kathy Chou, Nabela Enam
    Pages 157-168
  9. Andrea Cheville
    Pages 169-184
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 185-190

About this book


Finally, a concise pocket guide designed as a quick reference for busy clinicians who seek to improve the care they provide to cancer patients and cancer survivors.  It is a comprehensive text formatted for fast access to a wide range of clinical information. This compact compendium is conveniently organized by cancer type for rapid review. It describes the many issues that cancer patients may face throughout the chronologic spectrum of care, starting from cancer diagnosis, to treatment, and survivorship. 

Each chapter helpfully highlights common impairments and treatment options using succinct tables, helpful illustrations and clinical peals from experts in the field. In addition, each chapter contains a clinical case and questions on the material to enhance understanding. Evidence for exercise treatment, including pertinent exercise precautions, is included, as are innovative research topics and emerging treatments. This includes dedicated chapters covering cancers of the breast; digestive organs; brain, eye, and central nervous system; urinary tract and genital organs; lip, oral cavity, and pharynx; lymphoid, hematopoietic, and related tissues; bone, articular cartilage, and soft tissues; respiratory and intrathoracic organs; skin. 

Thankfully, advances in cancer care such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery mean that more people than ever before are surviving long after their cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, a large fraction of them live with at least one serious impairment as a consequence of their treatments that seriously impacts their ability to function and quality of life. This concise and essential guide to cancer rehabilitation will help the clinician navigate the care of this often complex population.


Breast Cancer Brain Cancer Bone Cancer Skin Cancer Oral Cavity Cancer Cancer of the Lymhoid Cancer of the Urinary Tract Cancer of the Digestive Organs Cancer of the Respiratory and Intrathoracic Organs

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Baima
    • 1
  • Ashish Khanna
    • 2
  1. 1.Orthopedics and Physical RehabilitationUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Physical Medicine and RehabilitationRutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolThe Kessler Institute for RehabilitationWest OrangeUSA

About the editors

Jennifer Baima MD, Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA

Ashish Khanna MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ, USA

Dr. Baima is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Electrodiagnostic medicine. After residency training, she worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in outpatient musculoskeletal medicine and taught at Harvard Medical School for seven years before coming to the University of Massachusetts in 2013 to start a cancer rehabilitation program. She has written over twenty peer reviewed articles and over ten book chapters as well as the book, Sports Injuries. As full time academic clinical faculty, she teaches and lectures on diverse topics in musculoskeletal medicine and has performed three clinical trials in cancer rehabilitation. She lectures on prehabilitation nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ashish Khanna completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he became interested in treating cancer patients early on. He completed a fellowship in Cancer Rehabilitation at Medstar Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. He is now an Assistant Attending physician in Cancer Rehabilitation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He specializes in the identification and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and other survivorship issues resulting from cancer and cancer treatments and is pioneering the development of treatments for these conditions. Dr. Khanna is a regular consultant at several tumor boards in cancer centers throughout northern New Jersey. He is a tremendous advocate for ensuring that cancer survivors have access to the rehabilitation services needed to maximize their function and quality of life. Dr. Khanna has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles on the topic of cancer rehabilitation. Additionally, he speaks regularly at national and international meetings, and has been interviewed for several podcasts covering key topics in his field.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Book Subtitle A Concise and Portable Pocket Guide
  • Editors Jennifer Baima
    Ashish Khanna
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-44461-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-44462-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oncology
    Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Oncology & Hematology


“The book serves as an important primer for any rehabilitation clinician, either currently in practice or in training, who is considering treating the cancer population without significant prior experience. … This is a well-written, organized, and edited pocket guide for cancer rehabilitation. There is no current textbook that meets the need of being a primer for the field.” (Ishan Roy, Doody's Book Reviews, September 25, 2020)