In many cancer diagnoses surgery to debulk or remove the cancerous tumor is the first and often, most effective therapy. As a newly diagnosed cancer patient we can research the risks and benefits of chemo or radiation before surgery compared to chemo or radiation after surgery. Or you might not want to undergo any chemo or radiation before or after.
But most everyone will agree that surgery to remove the cancer is the most important therapy, that therapy that is the biggest bang for the buck.
Be it a lumpectomy for breast cancer stage 0 to cancer diagnoses of stage 4 for surgeries that are major shocks to the body, prehabilitation and enhanced recovery protocols have been shown to reduce infection rates, reducing hospital stays, reduce costs- in short, improve outcomes.
The studies linked and excerpted below report how to maximize surgical outcomes. For more information on both conventional and non-conventional therapies for cancer, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
Long-term cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer
“Though the evidence is strongest in colorectal surgery, the approach is being used with an increasing range of procedures including hip fracture and joint replacements and surgeries for bladder, pancreas, liver and breast cancer…
With traditional regimens, patients can remain in the hospital for 10 days or more with complication rates of up to 48% and an average $10,000 in additional costs, according to researchers at Duke University School of Medicine…
“Cancer Prehabilitation is one or more therapies that each of us understands intuitively. Performing a certain exercise to prepare for surgery to improve the healing time or the recovery time just makes sense. Learning about your cancer diagnosis in order…”
“Prehabilitation prepares patients to withstand the stress of surgery so they are able to recover faster and function better after the procedure,”
“Pre-surgery conditioning helps patients take an active role in their own recovery. We believe instituting prehabilitation before surgery when possible could improve health and recovery and reduce costs…”
Surgery is the primary treatment for colorectal cancer, the third most common type of cancer in the United States, the researchers noted…
“Even when there are no complications, colorectal cancer surgery patients suffer from a 20 to 40 percent reduction in functional capacity after surgery…”