Journal article

An allied health rehabilitation program for patients following surgery for abdomino-pelvic cancer: a feasibility and pilot clinical study

Helena C Frawley, Kuan-Yin Lin, Catherine L Granger, Rosemary Higgins, Michael Butler, Linda Denehy

Supportive Care in Cancer | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of conducting a rehabilitation program for patients following surgery for abdomino-pelvic cancer. METHODS: A non-randomised controlled before-and-after study. Patients who had undergone surgery for stage I-III abdomino-pelvic cancer (colorectal, gynaecological or prostate cancer) were recruited. The rehabilitation group (n = 84) received an 8-week, bi-weekly education and exercise program conducted by a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, health psychologist and dietician, supplemented by exercise diaries and telephone coaching sessions. The comparator group (n = 104) completed postal questionnaires only. Feasibility measures, functional exercise c..

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