Next-Generation Cancer Rehabilitation: A Giant Step Forward for Patient Care

Rehabil Nurs. Jul/Aug 2018;43(4):186-194. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000174.


Purpose: The aim of the study was to review the current state of cancer rehabilitation evidence and practice and delineate an agenda for building the future of cancer rehabilitation care.

Findings: Despite the benefits of cancer rehabilitation interventions and the unmet needs among patients with cancer, very few patients receive these services.

Conclusions: Interdisciplinary cancer rehabilitation should be implemented from diagnosis forward. Building this care involves coordinating efforts in four critical areas: innovating cancer rehabilitation care delivery, expanding the team of providers, creating precision medicine cancer rehabilitation, and demonstrating the value of cancer rehabilitation to drive referrals and reimbursement.

Clinical relevance: Creating next-generation cancer rehabilitation care has the potential to improve the lives of the growing population of cancer survivors.

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / rehabilitation*
  • Patient Care / methods
  • Patient Care / trends*
  • Precision Medicine / methods
  • Precision Medicine / trends
  • Social Responsibility*
  • Survivors