Early rehabilitation in cancer; a case report

  • Ellen P. Romsaas
  • H. Ian Robins
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 30)


Cancer rehabilitation is a relatively new concept whose development coincides with an improved outlook for patients with many types of cancer. Improved techniques in chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy have contributed to the control and cure of many types of cancer [1]. Early rehabilitation is a basic principle of cancer rehabilitation [2–4], yet most rehabilitation efforts in cancer focus on chronic residual dysfunction following mastectomy, laryngectomy, radical neck dissection, ostomy and amputation [2, 5, 6]. Even these efforts have been limited [8–10]. As effective treatments for advanced disease are developed, an increasing number of patients who will benefit from rehabilitation intervention will emerge. The following case illustrates that rehabilitation can be initiated immediately following diagnosis and can be incorporated into a course of intensive chemotherapy.


Cerebral Palsy Mobility Status Rehabilitation Intervention Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator Radical Neck Dissection 
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  • Ellen P. Romsaas
  • H. Ian Robins

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