This makes so much sense: the idea that it is helpful for patients to be prepared for cancer treatment rather than just scheduled for a leap into the deep end of Cancer World. Whether this translates to being given materials about surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy or given the chance to attend a class or to meet with a social worker to discuss issues and concerns and resources or with a PT to talk about exercises that may be helpful post surgery, it is bound to be useful. And would give newly diagnosed people a sense of being a tiny bit more in control.
CancerNet has an excellent podcast that can be downloaded or listened to about these programs. It would be smart to ask your doctor what exists at your own institution or hospital that could be beneficial.
Prehabilitation Helps Patients Prepare for Cancer Treatment
Arash Asher, MD, and An Ngo-Huang, DO
April 21, 2016 · Greg Guthrie, ASCO staff
You may have not heard of prehabilitation, but it’s a key way of helping patients prepare for and recover from cancer treatment. The goal of prehabilitation is to prepare a patient physically and mentally for treatment.
A person’s treatment plan and personal needs guide what prehabilitation will look like. However, it often includes exercise, nutrition guidance, and psychological preparation. As Arash Asher, MD, says in this podcast, “The stronger you are going in [for treatment], the stronger you’re going to be coming out.” ”share
In this podcast, Dr. Asher, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, and An Ngo-Huang, DO, MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss the ins and outs of prehabilitation and how it can help you.
What is prehabilitation? [2:00]
Why has it taken so long to start integrating prehabilitation into cancer care? [5:30]
Are there any risks that come with prehabilitation? [7:20]
What kind of health care professional is involved in prehabilitation? [11:30]
Dr. Ngo-Huang describes her latest research. [14:52]
What are the next steps to make prehabilitation more integrated in cancer care?