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Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Michael D. Stubblefield
  • Christian M. Custodio

Abstract

Cancer rehabilitation is the subspecialty of rehabilitation medicine concerned with the restoration of function and quality of life (QOL) to persons with cancer. As our treatments for the various forms of cancer improve, persons with cancer are surviving longer, and in many cases being cured of diseases that were once considered fatal. Cancer is becoming a chronic disease. A patient with prostate or breast cancer, for instance, even when it is metastatic, may have a better prognosis for survival at 5 years than a person with severe pulmonary or cardiac disease. The price of cure or increased survival is often high and may involve toxic chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.

Keywords

Spinal Cord Compression Inferior Vena Cava Filter Pain Disorder Cauda Equina Syndrome Cancer Rehabilitation 
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© Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Stubblefield
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christian M. Custodio
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew York
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineNew York
  3. 3.Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew York
  4. 4.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineWeill Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew York

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