5th World Congress on Cancer Therapy
University of Alberta, Canada
Title: Supporting the survivors: Cancer fatigue syndome and cancer rehabilitation
Biography: Naomi Dolgoy
Medical advancements in cancer treatment change the way healthcare approaches ongoing patient care. Persons with cancer are now living longer with a greater attention to quality of life. With more cancer cases in remission, cancer is no longer viewed solely as a palliative condition; there is a strong focus on “survivorship”. Given that certain cancer cases present as chronic conditions, not necessarily as acute or palliative diseases, it is vital to consider a chronic care approach for long term interventions. Rehabilitation following cancer treatment is a crucial aspect of healthcare to transition patients dinto everyday life. Yet, beyond psychosocial and exercise based programs, there is a lack of functional or activity based rehabilitation. Research indicates that lasting fatigue is the most widely noted symptom associated with cancer and cancer treatments. Presently, the paucity of healthcare funding allocated to develop functional rehabilitation programs results in the absence of consistent intervention for this condition. Without functional therapies and occupational strategies to support management of home and work environments, many persons do not return to regular activity engagement, despite being disease survivors. Th e costly insurance required to support persons who cannot return to work post-treatment illustrates the need for effi cient and functional rehabilitation programs, furthering the rationale to develop this fi eld. Research is in process to extend the evidence and progress concrete rehabilitation programs. Th is presentation explores the potential benefi t of functional strategies for the management of cancer Related Fatigue Syndrome, identifying the diff erence between exercise versus activity based rehabilitation. Th e presentation will also highlight the gap in current services, emerging research in the area, and the germaine need to support return to work and rehabilitation programs.