Cancer rehabilitation focuses on treating undesirable side effects from cancer or its associated treatments. It is a subspecialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and aims to improve patient functional outcomes, physical and emotional health, and satisfaction.
Cancer rehab should be integrated into oncology care at the time of diagnosis and should continue all along the continuum of care.
Cancer rehab is a medical treatment.
Cancer rehab does not help people accept a new normal but offers the opportunity to heal optimally.
Components may include low impact exercise program, light strengthening exercises, nutrition evaluation, and symptom management (pain, alertness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep, nausea, imbalance).