The biggest challenge is to reduce the enormous discrepancy between the provisions of medical rehabilitation services for general physical impairments compared with the provision for people affected by cancer.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on drugs to help prevent and treat cancer. The number of people living longer and surviving cancer is growing, however, these people are often living with long-term side effects of the disease and treatment (both physical and emotional), which make them feel they haven’t ‘beaten’ cancer at all.
Side effects may be visible during or very soon after treatment, or they may take months and years to become apparent. And many of these side effects can significantly affect the quality of life. The number of cancer survivors worldwide is estimated to be approximately 25 million. Current research indicates that in some areas only 5% of cancer patients and survivors are being referred to rehabilitation!
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