The Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How of Team-Based Interdisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation

Semin Oncol Nurs. 2020 Feb;36(1):150974. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2019.150974. Epub 2020 Jan 16.


Objective: To review the key components necessary for successful application of rehabilitation principles to oncology survivors.

Data sources: Validated databases, including PubMed, MEDLINE, and Scopus.

Conclusion: Rehabilitation is an essential component of cancer care that addresses functional needs for oncology survivors and is best accomplished via an interdisciplinary team. Interdisciplinary care, provided by nursing, physiatry, rehabilitation therapy, and exercise physiology, are critical components for comprehensive intervention. Challenges exist in implementing services, but opportunity also exists within the post-acute care sector.

Implications for nursing practice: Nurses play an important role in the screening, assessment, and treatment of cancer-related functional impairments.

Keywords: Neoplasms; Nursing; Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; Recovery of Function; Rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cancer Survivors / psychology*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / rehabilitation*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intersectoral Collaboration
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / rehabilitation*
  • Oncology Nursing / standards*
  • Patient Care Team / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Rehabilitation Nursing / standards*