Road to Wellness
The Road to Wellness program is a physical and psychological rehabilitation program designed to prepare cancer patients for long term survival and promote general well-being through diet, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation (if applicable). The program provides a conceptual framework to breakdown delivery barriers, as well as overcome patient barriers to ensure more effective care.
Goals and Objectives
Our research involves a lifestyle rehabilitation program designed to:
- Introduce the concept of survivorship to patients receiving active cancer care
- Promote wellness
- Reduce stress and fatigue
- Prepare patients for life beyond treatment
Enrollment begins at the time of radiation oncology consultation and consists of 5 basic steps:
- Step 1: Doctor/nurse visit; program participation strongly encouraged
- Step 2: Exercise physiologist consultation (cardiovascular and resistance training)
- Step 3: Nutrition consultation (cancer prevention diet counseling)
- Step 4: Support services consultation (stress management and needs assessment)
- Step 5: Smoking cessation (if applicable)
Much of the current scientific literature investigates what dietary or exercise changes are necessary to improve the outcome of cancer survivors. This program, however, implements these specific evidence-based interventions with the aim of improving disease outcome and quality of life beyond treatment. Patient participation not only helps the management of acute treatment side effects, but it also services as a bridge to long-term survival, as the skills they learn during participation are necessary long after treatment is complete. Patients are prepared for their survivorship journey, mentally and physically, and open to issues unique to survivorship.