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Support Care Cancer. 2018 Aug;26(8):2615-2623. doi: 10.1007/s00520-018-4112-6. Epub 2018 Feb 18.

Patient experiences of a physiotherapy-led multidisciplinary rehabilitative intervention after successful treatment for oesophago-gastric cancer.

Author information

1
Department of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, Ireland. abennet@tcd.ie.
2
Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, Ireland.
3
Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, Ireland.
4
School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, Ireland.
5
School of Biological Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Ireland.
6
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, Ireland.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To qualitatively explore the perceived impact of a 12-week rehabilitative intervention for oesophago-gastric cancer survivors on their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

METHODS:

Of the 21 participants who completed the intervention, 19 took part in a semi-structured focus group interview. Four audio-taped focus groups were held, ranging in size from two to eight participants. Focus groups were transcribed and analysed using a descriptive qualitative approach.

RESULTS:

At recruitment, participants were 23.5 ± 15.2 months post-surgery and all had suboptimal fitness levels. Participants reported improvements in their physical capacity and ability to carry out activities of daily living during the intervention. These improvements led to increased confidence and social connectivity. Other participants were a valuable source of information and reassurance, while support from family members was variable. Future interventions should educate participants on how to maintain gains achieved during the intervention.

CONCLUSIONS:

Participating in an exercise-based multidisciplinary rehabilitative intervention reduces isolation and helps oesophago-gastric cancer survivors to safely negotiate their physical, emotional and social needs as they move further down the path of recovery.

KEYWORDS:

Confidence; Exercise; Gastric cancer; Oesophageal cancer; Physiotherapy; Rehabilitation

PMID:
29455302
DOI:
10.1007/s00520-018-4112-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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