Integrating Impairment-Driven Cancer Rehabilitation into the Care Continuum

  • Julie K. SilverEmail author


Cancer is one of the most common, disabling, and costly diagnoses that affects people living in the USA and worldwide. However, even though there is an increase in the overall 5-year survival rate, survival is not necessarily disease free, and often people live with cancer as a chronic condition. Historically, cancer rehabilitation was not well integrated into oncology care. More recently, research has demonstrated that cancer survivors may have multiple impairments that are not treated. Indeed, while the field of cancer rehabilitation has been present for decades, it has grown a lot recently, and there is an urgent need to diagnose and treat the many impairments that cancer or its treatments may cause.


Cancer Oncology Cancer rehabilitation Oncology rehabilitation Prehabilitation Rehabilitation Survivorship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  4. 4.Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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