Prehabilitation: Optimizing Patients to Improve Outcomes - Part 1

Prehabilitation is a multimodal strategy involving physical exercise as well as nutritional and psychosocial interventions aimed at improving fitness in the preoperative period. It is also used to improve and support patient tolerance and outcomes from treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy.

Join a multidisciplinary team of nursing and allied health professionals as they discuss how prehabilitation can be used to optimize thoracic oncology patients prior to treatment and support them throughout their journey. This is part one of a two-part series that aims to comprehensively present the key aspects of prehabilitation, including a scientific overview of benefits, organizing a program, physical conditioning and strengthening strategies prior to and during treatment, nutritional support, and psychological/motivational support.

These webinars aim to address not only the reasons why prehabilitation is pivotal to optimizing patient care and survivorship but the wider scope of its implementation in the thoracic oncology cancer pathway.

Target Audience

This webinar is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, researchers, patient advocates and nurse and allied health professionals specializing in palliative care, medical oncology, radiation oncology and thoracic surgery.

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Summarize the rationale and evidence behind prehabilitation. This will include beneficial outcomes as functional capacity and reduced hospital stay.
  2. Describe how to develop and design prehabilitation programs from building the right multidisciplinary team to creating patient-centered interventions.
  3. Incorporate exercise for optimizing patients to treatment. This will include the intensity and choice of a combination of functional, cardiovascular, or strength training either as home-based or supervised exercises.  
Course summary
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None of the planners, reviewers and staff for this activity reported any relevant financial relationships.

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Clarissa Mathias, MD, PhD

Medical Oncologist, NOB/Oncoclinicas and Hospital Santa Izabel; President Brazilian Society of Clinical Oncology; Chair of IAC ASCO


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Zoe Merchant, MSc, MRCOT

Programme Lead Prehab4Cancer and Recovery Programme; Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist GM Cancer Alliance hosted by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Greater Manchester, United Kingdom


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Catherine Granger, PhD, PT, FACP

Associate Professor, Physiotherapy The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital Melbourne, Australia



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Katherine O. Kuhns, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC

University of Pennsylvania Health System Pennsylvania, United States of America

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is no longer available for this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Attendance


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