Research on the topic of cancer rehabilitation is being undertaken everyday and has shown that rehabilitation has many benefits, is safe and effective, and is best started as soon as possible.

Below are just a few examples of the growing body of evidence to support rehabilitation for cancer patients. You may wish to search for more examples but remember that not all resources, especially those on the Internet, are credible.

American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors recommends:

  • Avoid inactivity
  • Return to daily activities as quickly as possible after surgery
  • Continue normal daily activities as much as possible during and after non-surgical treatments

See the full guidelines here.

Cancer Rehabilitation: The Next Frontier in Survivorship Care

The goals of cancer rehabilitation are:

  • Screen for and treat impairments
  • Focus on function
  • Function optimally, whether living with cancer or not

Here are some examples of post-treatment issues that respond positively to rehabilitation:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Deconditioning
  • Lymphedema

Please see: Impairment Driven Cancer Rehabilitation: An Essential Component of Quality Care and Survivorship for further details.

Other Research

Long-Term Survivorship Care After Cancer Treatment: A New Emphasis on the Role of Rehabilitation Services – Nicole L. Stout, Julie K. Silver, Catherine M. Alfano, Kirsten K. Ness, Laura S. Gilchrist

The Role of Allied Health Care Professionals in Head and Neck Cancer Surveillance: A Systematic Review РJohn Rocke, Oliver Mclaren,  John Hardman, George Garas, Matthew Smith, Hiro Ishii, James Constable, Theofano Tikka, Zi Wie Liu.