Rehabilitation and lung cancer

17th December 2018

Researchers at the Cicely Saunders Institute have been conducting a focus group study of people living with lung cancer or mesothelioma and their carers and clinicians.  The researchers will use the results to develop a new rehabilitation model, and to identify the factors that should be considered when testing the feasibility of delivering this model in a clinical trial.

All the participants in the study said that providing rehabilitation around the time of diagnosis for people with lung cancer or mesothelioma was welcome. The participants expressed a preference for testing a flexible, tailored and short-term intervention. The intervention supports people to self-manage symptoms, tolerate cancer treatments and to remain active and independent in daily life. It is delivered alongside scheduled hospital appointments or at home by an expert practitioner sensitive to the psycho-social consequences that follow a diagnosis of thoracic cancer.

Bayly J,  Edwards BM, Peat N, Warwick G, Hennig IM, Arora A, Wilcock A, Higginson IJ, Maddocks M. Developing an integrated rehabilitation model for thoracic cancer services: views of patients, informal carers and clinicians. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2018 Dec;4(1):160.