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The Role of Cancer Rehabilitation in the Maintenance of Functional Integrity and Quality of Life

  • Andrea Cheville
  • Vivek Khemka
  • Sean O'Mahony

Rehabilitation too often remains clinically marginalized in the care of cancer patients. The perception that only patients capable of full community and vocational pursuits with unrestricted life spans stand to benefit from rehabilitation is inaccurate. Although physical medicine and rehabilitation, or physiatry, was initially dedicated to transitioning individuals with anatomically devastating injuries back to productive lives, the field has broadened considerably. This increased scope is a response to medical advances that have radically altered the prognoses of many formerly fatal diseases. Integration of rehabilitation services in the care of patients with far-advanced pulmonary and cardiac disease is standard. Comparable services are rarely offered to cancer patients, even in the early stages of disease. The purpose of rehabilitation as outlined in this chapter is to improve the quality of life irrespective of etiology or anticipated survival.

Keywords

Palliative Care Rehabilitation Service Skilled Nursing Facility Karnofsky Performance Status Score Cancer Rehabilitation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Cheville
    • 1
  • Vivek Khemka
    • 2
  • Sean O'Mahony
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Palliative Care Fellow, Palliative Care ServiceMontefiore Medical CenterBronxUSA
  3. 3.Montefiore Medical CenterAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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