October 11, 2011

Cancer Patients Could Benefit From Greater Use Of Rehabilitation


Cancer rehabilitation focuses on problems that patients often experience after treatment, including fatigue, unsteadiness, pain, muscle weakness, swelling in their arms and legs, difficulty swallowing, numbness in the hands and feet, and cognitive changes. "We don't systematically screen for functional problems," said Andrea Cheville, director of cancer programs in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, and, as a result, cancer survivors' issues aren't being addressed early on, when opportunities for improvement are most significant.

Washington Post, Judith Graham, 10/11/11

Additional coverage: Kaiser Health News,

Tags: Cancer

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