• Using Telehealth to Help Patients with Advanced Cancer Improve Quality of Life

    June 20, 2019: Would patients with advanced cancer benefit from therapy to help maintain function and quality of life? That's the question researchers wanted to know after observing that patients with late-stage cancer were not being provided rehabilitation to help maintain function affected by their disease.

    In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a Mayo Clinic rehabilitation physician and renowned researcher discuss the results of her study, featured in JAMA Oncology, which examined if telerehabilitation—in the form of telephone contact with a physical therapist who had extensive experience in cancer rehabilitation—would improve patients' function and quality of life.

    Listen as physician Andrea Cheville is joined by physical therapist Nicole Stout to discuss the study's outcomes as making "modest but meaningful improvements" for patients, and the broader implications for improvements in the health of people with cancer and other conditions as telehealth in all of its technological forms continues to expand.

    Learn more about how physical therapists help people with cancer.

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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 physical therapist, renowned health care researcher, consultant, educator, and advocate. Internationally recognized as an expert in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema, she also has authored and coauthored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and is coauthor of 100 Questions and Answers About Lymphedema. Stout is chief executive officer of 3e Services, an executive IT consulting firm, serving 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, leading the Cancer Rehabilitation Initiative. 

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