Prehabilitation resources for healthcare professionals
From podcasts to physical activity guides, we have resources to help professionals support people with cancer as they prepare for treatment.
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Coronavirus guidance for health professionals
Prehabilitation principles and guidance
Physical activity resources
Join online specialist group
10 top tips for primary care
Innovation in cancer care resources
Clinical updates for healthcare professionals
Research and evidence
For your patients
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We have developed our principles and guidance for prehabilitation with the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the National Institute for Health Research Cancer, and Nutrition Collaboration.
The principles and guidance will help you to:
- advance cancer care provision
- include prehabilitation in the cancer pathway.
- inform service provision and development
- inform and support a change policy.
We spoke to professionals and people living with cancer to understand their experiences of prehabilitation. You can hear what they told us in our series of podcasts.
Podcasts by people living with cancer
Podcasts by professionals
We spoke to leading cancer experts about the role of prehabilitation in cancer care. In the podcasts below, they describe the benefits of exercise, nutrition, psychological support and behaviour change. They also give an overview of consensus statements and share their vision for the future of prehabilitation for people with cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support in collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) hosted a recent webinar focused on improving the understanding and knowledge of prehabilitation for healthcare professionals to support people living with cancer. The session included Professor Sandy Jack providing an update on the latest research in prehabilitation and our own Lead Nursing and AHP Adviser June Davis discussing the role of the Macmillan/BMS partnership.
We want everyone living with cancer to get the support and inspiration they need to be physically active, in a way that's right for them.
Physical activity can help people living with cancer:
- manage their symptoms
- improve their quality of life and clinical outcomes
- prevent treatment side effects
- reduce the risk of recurrence.
You can learn more about these benefits in our physical activity guidance. We have separate physical activity guidance for patients with metastatic bone disease.
We also have a service implementation guide and sports toolkit to help professionals develop or signpost patients to a physical activity service.
The Q Perioperative Care-Prehabilitation Special Interest Group (SIG) is hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC), a partnership between health charities, professional organisations, patient organisations and several leading Royal Colleges.
The specialist Interest group is one of a large number of different specialist interest groups that can be accessed on the Health Foundation website.
Our initial focus for this SIG will be on prehabilitation and rehabilitation, specifically supporting and optimising peoples’ physical and mental health in advance of, during and beyond treatment for cancer and other long-term conditions. Anyone can join the group for free, find out more about the key goals and how to join.
We've created our 10 top tips series to help primary care professionals support patients at every stage of the cancer pathway. The tips are designed to showcase best practice and offer practical advice for your role.
We have tips for prehabilitation, which include:
We invest in programmes and services to help professionals adopt new and innovative ways to deliver cancer care in the UK. Working in communities and with the NHS, we fund pilots to improve experiences and outcomes for people with cancer. With this knowledge, we have created tools and resources to help you deliver:
- Personalised care for people living with cancer
- Holistic Needs Assessments (and electronic HNAs)
- Quality improvement to existing cancer services.
Stay up to date with the latest developments in cancer care, with expert news, opinion and analysis. You'll also find blogs about our professionals and the fantastic work they do.
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We publish a range of newsletters for professionals who support people living with cancer. Whatever your role, we'll support you with clinical updates, tools and resources.
For your patients
Our specialist advisers can give advice and support to your patients. Encourage them to call us on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm).
It’s quick and easy to order free booklets to give to your patients, their families and carers. Topics include cancer types, treatment, and emotional support.