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What should be included in a plan for cancer rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation medicine deals with prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and maximizing recovery from a serious illness or injury. An overall plan for rehabilitation services and activities should be developed by the physician and patient. The plan is then carried out by the patient and appropriate members of the rehabilitation team.

In order to develop a plan, your healthcare team will ask you questions about pain concerns, physical challenges, emotional concerns, and practical issues such as your ability to work. Make a list of needs and concerns that you have before you meet with your doctor to develop your plan for rehabilitation.

Each member of the rehabilitation team is likely to also work with you to develop a plan for their specific area of expertise. For example, a physical therapist will develop a plan to help you recover physical strength and abilities. A vocational specialist may work with you to develop a vocational rehabilitation plan if you need help returning to work.

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