Principles and guidance for prehabilitation within the management and support of people with cancer
In partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer & Nutrition Collaboration
Macmillan Cancer Support, the RCoA and the NIHR Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration in July 2019 launched a report calling for changes to the delivery of cancer care across the UK, with a greater focus on prehabilitation including nutrition, physical activity and psychological support.
Seventy per cent of the 1.8 million people in the UK living with cancer are also living with one or more other long-term health conditions. The guidance report, Prehabilitation for people with cancer, promotes evidence that when services are redesigned so that prehabilitation is integrated into the cancer pathway:
- patients feel empowered and quality of life is improved
- physical and psychological resilience to cancer treatments is maximised
- long-term health is improved.
Teams from Macmillan Cancer Support, RCoA and NIHR have worked together to develop these principles and guidance together with an action plan. This sets out how NHS organisations across the UK can replicate some of the pioneering work already taking place at a limited number of Trusts – all of which have demonstrated how prehabilitation has improved outcomes and reduced the risk of disease progression.
Access the guidance report here