Cancer Prehabilitation

Published on 09/09/2021

This project aims to increase equity of access to cancer Prehabilitation and rehabilitation support for people living in Wirral and gather the evidence for sustainability. This will be done through testing a community-based model which optimises the physiological function of people living with cancer before and after treatment. 

 

Hosted by One Wirral CIC, the project will work collaboratively with Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WUTH) and other local organisations supporting people in the local community, including a partnership with Wirral Leisure. Patients will be referred to the service by their tumour specific specialists at WUTH and there will also be a mini cohort of people referred directly from primary care via the 2 week wait protocol.

 

Prehab/rehab practitioners will work with individuals to a holistic needs assessment, then support them through a care plan for Prehabilitation and rehabilitation including support with physical activity, nutrition and mental and emotional wellbeing.  This could be done at home, a leisure centre or a community space such as Maggie's Cancer Centre.

 

Prehabilitation is a patient-centred and evidence-based, multidisciplinary team developed pathway. It enables people with cancer to reduce their surgical stress response and optimise their physiological function to aid their recovery and improve their quality of life post treatment. Prehab also provides an important opportunity for people living with cancer to implement lifestyle interventions such as physical activity, smoking cessation, nutritional and wellbeing support to reduce risk factors to health.

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