Post-acute Care Needs and Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation Care for the Oncology Patient

Curr Oncol Rep. 2023 Mar;25(3):155-162. doi: 10.1007/s11912-023-01366-9. Epub 2023 Feb 2.


Purpose of review: This study aims to assess recent literature published on the post-acute care needs of cancer patients, specifically focusing on the acute inpatient rehabilitation setting.

Recent findings: The neurologic cancer population appears to be the most studied oncologic population in acute inpatient rehabilitation studies within the past 5 years. This finding is consistent with prior findings from the past several decades. Recent trends in inpatient cancer rehabilitation note a population with lower admission functional status and shorter lengths of stay compared to prior studies. Despite these findings, the percentage discharged to the community remains high. With new treatments yielding improved survival, cancer patients may live longer and risk accumulating more functional impairments. Physicians involved in their care must understand post-acute care needs and work in a multidisciplinary group to best determine post-acute disposition. This decision remains very individualized and should consider both oncologic and functional needs.

Keywords: Acute inpatient rehabilitation; Cancer rehabilitation; Neurologic rehabilitation; Oncologic rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Inpatients*
  • Length of Stay
  • Neoplasms* / rehabilitation
  • Patient Discharge
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Subacute Care