Research Demonstrates that Multidisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation is Effective

Julie Silver, MD

A recent systematic review of twenty-two studies on cancer rehabilitation that was published in the prestigious medical journal The Oncologist demonstrated that multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation is effective.[1] In this review that evaluated the current research and was titled “Effectiveness of Multidimensional Cancer Survivor Rehabilitation and Cost-Effectiveness of Cancer Rehabilitation in General”, there were 16 effectiveness and 6 cost-effectiveness studies—22 studies in all–that were included. The individual studies were performed in many different countries, including the United States and Canada. The researchers noted that despite the fact that the individual studies assessed different rehabilitation interventions, they demonstrated statistically significant benefits for multidimensional rehabilitation over usual care. This is an important new evidence-based review of the current research that supports multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation.


[1]Mewes JC, Steuten LM, Ijzerman MJ, van Harten WH. Effectiveness of Multidimensional Cancer Survivor Rehabilitation and Cost-Effectiveness of Cancer Rehabilitation in General: A Systematic Review. The oncologist. 2012. Epub 2012/09/18. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2012-0151. PubMed PMID: 22982580.

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