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American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31820be0d1
Invited Reviews

The Future of Cancer Rehabilitation: Emerging Subspecialty

Gamble, Gail L. MD; Gerber, Lynn H. MD; Spill, Gayle R. MD; Paul, Kelly L. MD

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Abstract

In this article, the subject of the future for the field of cancer rehabilitation is embarked upon. Future practice innovation models must involve the appropriate and comprehensive evaluation of cancer patients' rehabilitation needs using better functional measurement tools, as well as the forging of new partnerships through the presence and initiation of physiatric coordinated rehabilitation teams, particularly during the acute phases of treatment. Partnering rehabilitation teams closely with oncology colleagues during surveillance years, through the development of outpatient survivorship clinics for diagnosis and treatment of many of cancer patients' ongoing symptoms and functional limitations, will allow for more comprehensive and coordinated follow-up cancer care. Integration of rehabilitation into palliative care and continued efforts to increase oncology's awareness and acceptance of rehabilitation benefits and expertise are needed. Future education models for medical school, residency, and postresidency training are discussed, as are future research goals to help in placing cancer rehabilitation at the forefront of acute cancer care and survivorship care.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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