Pretreatment Interventions May Optimize Outcomes for Cancer Patients | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Interventions given between the time of initial cancer diagnosis and the start of acute cancer treatment – so-called “prehabilitation” – may improve health outcomes for cancer patients, a review of related studies argues. These interventions can include general physical conditioning, such as aerobic exercise to build strength; specific physical interventions, such as pelvic strengthening exercises before prostate cancer surgery or help quitting smoking before lung cancer treatment; and psychological support. In a number of studies, prehabilitation was shown to reduce treatment complication rates, lead to shorter hospital stays and/or fewer readmissions, improve mental health outcomes, lower health care costs, and make some patients eligible for additional treatment options.