Review of Cancer Rehabilitation Shows it is Cost-Effective

Julie Silver, MD

The Oncologist recently published a systematic review of cancer rehabilitation and determined that it is cost-effective.[1] In this study 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 reviewed. 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 all showed favorable cost-effectiveness ratios. This is an exciting new evidence-based review of the current research that strongly supports cancer rehabilitation as cost-effective.


[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.