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  • Cancer Rehabilitation Specialty Program

    A person-centered cancer rehabilitation specialty program utilizes a holistic interdisciplinary team approach to address the unique rehabilitation needs of persons who have been diagnosed with cancer. A cancer rehabilitation specialty program may be provided in a variety of settings, including hospitals, healthcare systems, outpatient clinics, or community-based programs. Personnel demonstrate competencies and the application of evidence-based practices to deliver services that address the preventive, restorative, supportive, and palliative rehabilitation needs of the persons served.

    Cancer rehabilitation is an integral component of quality cancer care. The cancer rehabilitation specialty program focuses on strategies to optimize outcomes from the time of diagnosis through the trajectory of cancer in an effort to prevent or minimize the impact of impairments, reduce activity limitations, and maximize participation for the persons served. The program communicates and collaborates with healthcare providers to deliver coordinated care and promote seamless transitions in care.

    The program is guided by the individual preferences, strengths, and needs of the persons served and their families/support systems. A cancer rehabilitation specialty program assists the persons served and their families/support systems to manage their own health, encourages their appropriate use of healthcare systems and services, and supports their efforts to promote personal health and wellness and improve quality of life throughout their lifespan. The program provides ongoing access to information, services, and resources available to enhance the lives of the persons served within their families/support systems, communities, and life roles.

    The program demonstrates the commitment, capabilities, and resources to maintain itself as a specialized program for persons who have been diagnosed with cancer. Through the use of performance indicators, the program measures the effectiveness of services across the continuum offered. A cancer rehabilitation specialty program advocates on behalf of persons who have been diagnosed with cancer to regulators, legislators, educational institutions, research funding organizations, payers, and the community at large. A cancer rehabilitation specialty program translates current research evidence to provide effective rehabilitation and supports future improvements in care by advocating for or participating in cancer research.

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