Physical functioning and quality of life after cancer rehabilitation

E van Weert*, JEHM Hoekstra-Weebers, BMF Grol, R Otter, JH Arendzen, K Postema, CP van der Schans

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Abstract

In order to overcome cancer-related problems and to improve quality of life, an intensive multi-focus rehabilitation programme for cancer patients was developed. We hypothesised that this six-week intensive rehabilitation programme would result in physiological improvements and improvement in quality of life. Thirty-four patients with cancer-related physical and psychosocial problems were the subjects of a prospective observational study. A six-week intensive multi-focus rehabilitation programme consisted of four components: individual exercise, sports, psycho-education, and information. Measurements (symptom-limited bicycle ergometry performance, muscle force and quality of life [RAND-36, RSCL, MFI]) were performed before (T0) and after six weeks of rehabilitation (T1). After the intensive rehabilitation programme, statistically significant improvements were found in symptom-limited bicycle ergometry performance, muscle force, and several domains of the RAND-36, RSCL and MFI. The six-week intensive multi-focus rehabilitation programme had immediate beneficial effects on physiological variables, on quality of life and on fatigue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2004

Keywords

  • rehabilitation
  • physiological variables
  • quality of life
  • fatigue
  • cancer patients
  • BREAST-CANCER
  • AEROBIC EXERCISE
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY
  • STARTING-AGAIN
  • HEART-DISEASE
  • NECK-CANCER
  • FATIGUE
  • PROGRAM
  • TRANSPLANTATION
  • INTERVENTIONS

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