The primary goals of oncology rehabilitation for people with cancer are to:

  • Improve functional status 
  • Improve health-related quality of life 
  • Reduce cancer related fatigue 

The goals may differ depending on what part of the cancer continuum the person is in:

  • Prehabilitation
    • Preparing for treatment
    • Maximise fitness and function to prevent complications of a major procedure e.g. surgery, stem cell transplant
  • Rehabilitation during treatment
    • Mitigate side effects of cancer treatment
    • Maintain or improve function
  • Post Treatment/Survivorship
    • Improve function
    • Reducing risk of recurrence
  • Palliative Care
    • Symptom management
    • Emotional Support
    • Maintaining function

Other potential benefits include:

  • Reduced anxiety 
  • Reduced depression 
  • Reduced risk of lymphoedema
  • Improved sleep 
  • Improved bone health 
  • Reduction in other cancer related symptoms such as dyspnoea and pain that may be specific to the cancer type