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Rehabilitation increases quality of life of cancer patients: Austrian study

Xinhua, February 5, 2016 Adjust font size:

While modern medical advancements have extended life expectancy of cancer patients, rehabilitation is also increasingly important for their further well-being, an Austrian study said on Thursday.

The study, carried out by the VAMED Center for oncological rehabilitation in Salzburg, was based on data from almost 1,000 patients.

It showed that about 70 percent of cancer patients now live for more than five years after their initial diagnosis. However, rehabilitation can halve the frequency of patients' anxiety which may occur over the fear of cancer recurrence.

Dr. Thomas Licht, medical leader at the rehabilitation center, added that even three to four weeks of rehabilitation would bring an "enormous improvement in quality of life" to patients involved in the study.

Besides, rehabilitation is also helpful against fatigue and other after-effects that result both from cancer and related treatment.

The long-term effects of oncological rehabilitation are now being further studied. Endi