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Non-surgical cancer prehabilitation at Imperial

Published: 12 October 2021

This initiative at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust was set up to look into the chemotherapy and radiotherapy prehabilitation offering. Kelly McBane shares their process and the outcomes of the initiative.

Kelly Wade McBane Cancer Prehabilitation Fellow, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

The initiative

This initiative was set up to:
  • gather evidence for chemotherapy and radiotherapy prehabilitation
  • create a model and service transformation that can be reproduced
  • to create a sustainable model and develop a Allied Health Professionals therapy competency framework and cost analysis around non-surgical prehabilitation programme.

What we did

  • Used the Macmillan model for universal targeted special intervention, with more of a focus on personalised care with interventions organised according to a patient's level of need and readiness.
  • Used patient generated index to assess patient priorities and set goals collaboratively.
  • Focused on using existing resources rather than inventing and re-creating them.

Impact and outcomes

  • Potential for improved health and economic benefits in the long term, but this requires further research.
  • Positive feedback on the initiative from a patient focus group and key stakeholders.

Future aims

We are carrying our further implementation and research.


Find out more

You can contact the team by emailing: k.wade-mcbane@nhs.net.

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