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Erschienen in: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 13-14/2018

09.11.2017 | editorial

Evaluation of cancer rehabilitation in Austria

verfasst von: MBA, MSc ao Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Crevenna

Erschienen in: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift | Ausgabe 13-14/2018

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Today, in Austria there are more than 600 beds for inpatient cancer rehabilitation which has become an important issue in the management of cancer patients [ 1, 2]. Cancer and its treatment can lead to pain, fatigue, nutritional deficits, and loss of muscle mass and decreased muscular strength and endurance capacity, impaired flexibility, decreased mobility, polyneuropathy, hand–foot syndrome, mucositis, lymphedema, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, cognitive deficits, dysthymia, and depression. As survival rates and survival time of cancer patients are increasing, cancer rehabilitation—using a rehabilitation process to counteract these sequelae and side effects—is an important part in the treatment and care of cancer patients with the goal to improve functional status (physical, mental, and psychosocial functions), quality of life, and participation [ 1, 2]. Therefore, rehabilitation centers offer multidisciplinary treatment programs with different treatment options, which are adjusted to the patient’s needs including physical modalities and exercise, psycho-oncology, nutrition, and information. Early integration of cancer rehabilitation into the cancer care continuum is important because this can significantly improve the quality of patient-centered programs [ 14]. …
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Titel
Evaluation of cancer rehabilitation in Austria
verfasst von
MBA, MSc ao Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Crevenna
Publikationsdatum
09.11.2017
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift / Ausgabe 13-14/2018
Print ISSN: 0043-5341
Elektronische ISSN: 1563-258X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10354-017-0609-8