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Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center

Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Prehab Improves Outcomes for Oncology Patients

For some newly diagnosed patients, decreased functional status and comorbidities can impact treatment options. This focused “prehab” program couples physical therapy with holistic care that includes nutritional support, stress reduction strategies, and nurse navigator intervention. Integrating prehabilitation not only improved patient outcomes post-surgery, it decreased hospital length of stay for thoracic oncology patients by 40 percent, enabling this program to realize their goals of improving patient outcomes and reducing cost.