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MASCC Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life Study Group

Leadership

Chair: Raymond Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BN, RN, FACN (Raymond.Chan@qut.edu.au) - Australia
Vice-Chair: Margaret Fitch, RN, PhD (marg.i.fitch@gmail.com) - Canada

Study Group Minutes
2016 Minutes alt - Annual Meeting - Adelaide, Australia


Mission

With the evolving successes in cancer diagnosis and treatment during the past few decades, it is increasingly important to optimize patient outcomes in terms of quality of life and survivorship. The MASCC Rehabilitation-Survivorship-Quality of Life Study Group represents clinicians and researchers dedicated to the following principles:

  • Cancer rehabilitation is a process that helps people with cancer maintain optimal physical, social, psychological, and vocational functioning within the limits imposed by the disease and its treatment.
  • Cancer rehabilitation requires a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach that addresses potential rehabilitation needs from time of the cancer diagnosis onward.
  • Standardized assessment tools should be clinically relevant and of minimal burden to patients and clinicians.

Goals and treatment plans developed jointly by the patient, support network, and rehabilitation team must be individualized to meet unique and specific needs.


Objectives

The MASCC Rehabilitation-Survivorship-Quality of Life Study Group aims to meet the following objectives:

  • To foster collaborative initiatives in oncology rehabilitation and survivorship, including clinical, educational and research projects
  • To Identify specific educational resources for the Resource and New Book sections of the MASCC website
  • To conduct a needs assessment survey regarding deficits in clinician knowledge and understanding of principles of cancer rehabilitation and survivorship
  • To develop a needs assessment through diverse patient advocacy groups for select patient populations, including pediatric oncology
  • To create a more detailed database of current members of this Study Group.

Past Workshops


Related Member Publications

Recent Study Group member publications related to cancer patients’ rehabilitation, survivorship, and quality of life. 


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Please contact the Study Group Chairs above with your questions.
MASCC Study Group Coordinator, Don Gubitosa