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Occupational Therapy & Prehabilitation Across the Cancer Continuum

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This is an interactive session, which will explore the role of occupational therapy in prehabiliation across the cancer pathway.

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There are an increasing number of services providing prehabilitation for cancer treatments (Macmillan 2020), and the evidence base is growing, particularly relating to surgery for cancer (Santa Mina et al 2021). The NHS (2016) advocates the provision of services that reduce the negative effects of cancer treatments, and NICE Guidelines (2019) for lung cancer recommend prehabilitation for surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to improve post treatment outcomes.

Prehabiltiation in oncology has primarily focussed on the period between diagnosis and the first treatment. However, Santa Mina et al (2021) have proposed a framework for multiphasic prehabiltiation encompassing the whole cancer continuum from diagnosis to end of life, during which there may be several phases of prehabiltiation for different treatments. This webinar sets out to stimulate thought about whether prehabiltiation could be beneficial for later phases of cancer treatment, such as palliative chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Evidence for multimodal prehabiltiation, incorporating exercise, nutritional interventions, and psychological support and psychoeducation is growing (Scheede-Bergdahl et al 2019). While occupational therapy is frequently mentioned as a part of the multidisciplinary team in prehabiltition (MacMillan 2020, NHS England 2016, Santa Mina et al 2021), there is little clarity about what the occupational therapy role is. As occupational therapists, we need to be able to explain our role in order to play a key part in service development (Turner and Alsop 2015). Therefore, this webinar aims to facilitate discussion about the unique contribution of occupational therapists in prehabiltiation across the cancer continuum, so we can define our role in this area.

Aims:

• To provide an overview from the literature of prehabilitation for cancer treatments, including the multimodal model.

• To explore a new conceptual framework for “multiphasic prehabilitation across the cancer continuum.” (Santa Mina et al 2021), and stimulate thought about whether prehablitation interventions could be expanded to include palliative treatments.

• To facilitate discussion about the role of occupational therapy in prehabiltiation across the cancer continuum.

Learning outcomes:

• To develop or consolidate knowledge about the theory and evidence for prehabiltiation for cancer treatments

• To be able to discuss a new framework for prehabiltiation and its applications

• To be able to more clearly explain the unique role of occupational therapy in prehabiltiation across the cancer continuum

Speaker Bio

Caroline Stack has been a Senior Occupational Therapist at Mountbatten Hospice on The Isle of Wight for the last three years. She was a co-researcher and co-author of a paper investigating older peoples’ experiences of meaningful occupation on hospital wards. With a background in general and pulmonary rehabilitation, Caroline has a particular interest in palliative rehabilitation and non-pharmaceutical symptom management. In view of an increasing focus on proactive prevention in palliative and end of life care, this led to an exploration of whether prehabilitation could improve quality of life, occupational engagement and outcomes for those undergoing palliative cancer treatments.

This event is open to all members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

This webinar is free to members of the RCOT Specialist Section for Major Health Conditions.

Non-Members of the RCOT Specialist Section for Major Health Condition can attend this event at the cost of £3+ booking fee.

Please be aware that we may contact you to verify your membership details.

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