RadioMD: Staying Well
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What is Prehabilitation for Cancer?

July 14, 20149 min
Care from the time of your cancer diagnosis to the beginning of your acute treatment, prehab helps mentally, physically and emotionally.Cancer Prehabilitation is a process of continuous care from the beginning of your cancer diagnosis and the beginning of your acute treatment.Prehab interventions, given between the time of cancer diagnosis and the beginning of treatment, improve patients' health and stamina.When you're newly diagnosed, you're usually going to look for second or third opinions. You're emotionally and physically stressed, possibly in pain and looking for a transition into chemo and surgery.For example, prehab can help address emotional distress, exercises to help certain problem areas that could be affected due to surgery or chemotherapy.How can survivors and their doctors find out more about the STAR Program prehab and rehab?Rehabilitation physician and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Julie Silver shares what cancer Prehabilitation is, how it can help you before, throughout and after treatment.

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