Guidance backs case for cancer rehab

Healthcare commissioners and providers can now access new guidance on cancer rehabilitation, thanks to a new report from The National Cancer Action Team (NCAT).

Cancer Rehabilitation: Making excellent cancer care, aims to provide commissioners and providers with the evidence and rationale for cancer rehabilitation.

The document highlights cancer rehabilitation as cost effective and provides evidential case studies to back this up.

It outlines a number of key recommendations including that commissioners should focus on outcomes and understand that cancer rehabilitation can make significant improvements to patient outcomes at all stages.

It also recommends that rehabilitation services use a multidisciplinary team approach and that allied health professionals are included within teams that deliver cancer care.

Commenting on the document, Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development, said:

‘This publication will be useful for any physiotherapist involved in any part of a cancer patient’s pathway as it provides evidence, and case studies, for the need for rehabilitation at all stages.

‘It will also assist managers and clinical leaders in making the case for rehabilitation.’

The guidance on cancer rehabilitation links to another new report from the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI), titled Living with and beyond cancer: taking action to improve outcomes.

This publication aims to support commissioners and health service providers in driving improved survivorship outcomes.

To view the NCAT publication visit:

To view the NCSI report visit: and search for ‘Living with and beyond cancer’

To view the CSP Physiotherapy works briefings on cancer survivorship and rehabilitation visit:


Robert Millett

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