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Oncologist. 2016 Mar;21(3):314-9. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2015-0335. Epub 2016 Feb 10.

Occupational Therapy for Adults With Cancer: Why It Matters.

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1
Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Cancer Care Quality Training Program University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Geriatric Oncology Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA pergolot@email.unc.edu.
2
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Geriatric Oncology Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
3
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York, New York, USA.
4
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Occupational Therapy, Houston, Texas, USA.

Abstract

Adults with cancer may be at risk for limitations in functional status and quality of life (QOL). Occupational therapy is a supportive service with the specific mission to help people functionally engage in life as safely and independently as possible with the primary goal of improving QOL. Unfortunately, for people with cancer, occupational therapy remains underused. The overall purpose of this review is to provide an understanding of what occupational therapy is and its relevance to patients with cancer, highlight the reasons to refer, and, last, provide general advice on how to access services.

KEYWORDS:

Activities of daily living; Functional status; Occupational therapy; Quality of life

PMID:
26865588
PMCID:
PMC4786355
DOI:
10.1634/theoncologist.2015-0335
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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