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Would patients with advanced cancer benefit from tele-therapy to help maintain function and quality of life? Researchers wanted to know after seeing that patients with late-stage cancer were not receiving rehabilitation.

In this episode, a doctor and researcher at the Mayo Clinic discuss the results of her study, featured in JAMA Oncology. The study examined if telephone contact with a physical therapist experienced in cancer rehabilitation would improve patients' function and quality of life.

Listen as Doctor Andrea Cheville and physical therapist Nicole Stout discuss the "modest but meaningful improvements" for patients. They talk about the broader significance for improving the health of cancer survivors. They also share their thoughts on telehealth for other conditions .

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Andrea L. Cheville, MD, is a renowned physician with expertise in the area of rehabilitative care for patients with cancer. She is faculty and chair for research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is recognized for her innovative and ground-breaking research in publications, such as JAMA Oncology, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Nicole L. Stout, PT, DPT, is a renowned health care researcher, consultant, educator, and advocate. She is internationally recognized as an expert in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema and has authored and coauthored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is coauthor of 100 Questions and Answers About Lymphedema. Stout is chief executive officer of 3e Services, an executive IT consulting firm. She also serves as a medical affairs consultant for biotech and wearable technology firms. She also supports the Office of Strategic Research at the National Institutes of Health, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, as leader of the Cancer Rehabilitation Initiative. 

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