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Cancer Prehabilitation

Cancer PrehabilitationTIRR Memorial Hermann offers cancer prehabilitation for individuals who are newly diagnosed with cancer before they start their cancer treatments. The goal of cancer prehabilitation is to provide rehabilitation assessments that establish a baseline functional level, identify impairments and provide interventions that promote physical and psychological health to prevent or lessen the severity of anticipated treatment-related problems that could lead to later disability.

Cancer prehabilitation has many potential benefits that may include:

  • improvement of physical and psychological health outcomes
  • improvement of functional abilities
  • reduction of pain
  • lessening of emotional stress
  • prevention of hospital readmissions
  • improved quality of life

We have a knowledgeable outpatient oncology-dedicated interdisciplinary team that includes:

  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Speech-language pathologist

During the prehabilitation assessment, the clinician will determine a patient’s baseline status and design interventions that improve functional limitations before cancer treatment begins. Prehabilitation may include, but not limited to any of the following:

  • Strengthening of weak core, arm and leg muscles, swallowing muscles
  • Cardiovascular endurance training
  • Range of motion and stretching exercises
  • Fatigue management and energy conservation techniques
  • Functional mobility training
  • Memory and attention strategies
  • Emotional status management

Prehabilitation services should not delay the start of cancer treatments. A prescription from a doctor is needed for all prehabilitation services.

Place one convenient call to make referrals or to schedule appointments:
1 (800) 44-REHAB (73422), (713) 797-5942 or fax (713) 797-5988.