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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2020 Jan 16:150974. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2019.150974. [Epub ahead of print]

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

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1
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Charlotte, NC; Department of Supportive Care, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC. Electronic address: vishwa.raj@atriumhealth.org.
2
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Charlotte, NC; Department of Supportive Care, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC.
3
Department of Supportive Care, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC.

Abstract

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

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