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Rehabilitation and quality of life in patients undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer.

Authors
  • Magrone, Giovanni
  • Bozzone, Anna
  • Romanelli, Angela
  • Pascoli, Marco
  • Ronconi, Gianpaolo
  • Buonocore, Alessia
  • Mancuso, Nicla
  • Milazzo, Maria
  • Sterzi, Silvia
Type
Published Article
Journal
Rays
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
13–16
Identifiers
PMID: 16999369
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The impact of esophageal cancer surgery, postoperatively as well as on quality of life (QoL) is still largely unknown. Clinical experience and the scarce existing literature concur that these patients show difficulty in returning to their original lifestyles and previous social activities, not just due to the difficulties common to all tumor pathologies but also for the specific dietary and digestive disturbances which characterize esophageal cancer therapy. As specific rehabilitation protocols are nonexistent in the literature, in this study a rehabilitation planning program, is proposed based on evaluation of postoperative and long-term problems which can be tackled with rehabilitation.

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