April 21, 2016: When it comes to treating people with cancer, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The type and severity of cancer a person has will dictate the method and intensity of their treatment.
But early research suggests that anyone with cancer will likely benefit from prehabilitation—a period of intervention between a cancer diagnosis and the traditional treatment.
In today's episode, physical therapist Mary Lou Galantino, PT, MS, PhD, MSCE, will discuss what prehabilitation entails and how it benefits the patient.
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Mary Lou Galantino, PT, MS, PhD, MSCE, is a professor at Stockton University and adjunct scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducts research on integrative medicine and chronic diseases. With a 30-year career in clinical experience, research and training, she has extensive experience with cancer and HIV populations. Since the early 1980s, she has locally and nationally advocated for rehabilitation services through her oncology rehabilitation training at MD Anderson University of Texas Cancer System. She is presently a coinvestigator on an oncology grant from the American Physical Therapy Association, exploring the benefit of yoga for distal sensory neuropathy. Galantino also serves on the advisory board of the Cancer Support Community in Wilmington, Delaware.