European-American Dialogues on Cancer Survivorship: Current Perspectives and Emerging Issues
Current perspectives and emerging issues on cancer rehabilitation
Version of Record online: 20 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 American Cancer Society
Supplement: European-American Dialogues on Cancer Survivorship: Current Perspectives and Emerging Issues
Volume 119, Issue Supplement S11, pages 2170–2178, 1 June 2013
How to Cite
Stubblefield, M. D., Hubbard, G., Cheville, A., Koch, U., Schmitz, K. H. and Dalton, S. O. (2013), Current perspectives and emerging issues on cancer rehabilitation. Cancer, 119: 2170–2178. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28059
This supplement was guest edited by Vittorio Mattioli, MD (NCRC, Bari, Italy) and Kevin Stein, PhD (American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia) and was produced with the authoritative contribution of 58 authors from the European Union and the United States. The primary aims are to highlight the potential differences between European and American approaches to cancer survivors' issues, increase coordination among oncologists and other primary care providers, and aid the development of a shared care model that can improve the quality of cancer care.
The opinions or views expressed in this supplement are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the journal editors, the American Cancer Society, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., or the National Cancer Research Centre Istituto Tumori “Giovanni Paolo II” Bari.
- Issue online: 20 MAY 2013
- Version of Record online: 20 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 21 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 27 JUL 2012
Cancer rehabilitation is a rapidly emerging and evolving medical field in both Europe and the United States, in large part because of increases in the number of cancer survivors. Although few argue with the need to restore function and quality of life to patients affected by cancer and its treatments, differences exist between European countries with regard to the funding, accessibility, and even the definition of cancer rehabilitation services. In the United States, there is tremendous variability in the provision of rehabilitation services resulting from a variety of factors, including a lack of highly trained cancer rehabilitation physicians and therapists as well as a lack of comprehensive cancer rehabilitation programs, even at the majority of top cancer centers. Although studies evaluating the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs in the cancer setting, particularly exercise, have influenced clinical decision-making in both Europe and the United States for some time, this emerging evidence base also is now starting to influence guideline and policy making. Coordinated research efforts are essential to establish a robust framework to support future investigation and establish shared initiatives. Determining the best way forward for cancer survivors will require investment in large-scale prospective cohort studies that sufficiently describe their rehabilitation needs through the continuum of the survivorship experience. Cancer 2013;119(11 suppl):2170-8. © 2013 American Cancer Society.