De National Health Service van Engeland (NHS), het overheidsorgaan wat alles rondom de Engelse gezondheid regelt, biedt patiënten direct na de diagnose faciliteiten om te werken aan hun fysieke gesteldheid. De BBC publiceerde rond Kerst onderstaand bericht. De ervaringen vanuit Engeland zijn herkenbaar: het Maxima Medisch Centrum in Veldhoven deed identieke ervaringen op bij een groep darmkankerpatiënten.
We zijn benieuwd welke Nederlandse ziektekostenverzekeraar de eerste stap gaat zetten om dit ‘verzekerde zorg’ te maken.
NHS to offer cancer patients ‘prehab’ fitness plan ‘to boost recovery’
Newly-diagnosed cancer patients are to be offered NHS gym sessions before they start chemotherapy, in the hope of boosting the speed of their recovery.
Thousands will be invited to sign up for a “prehab” fitness programme within 48 hours of being diagnosed. The aim is to make patients “match fit” ahead of chemotherapy or major surgery. Experts hope a regime of three fitness sessions a week will reduce the time patients spend in hospital by “priming” them for their recovery. A mix of high intensity cardio workouts and strength-based training, plus nutritional advice and mental health support, will be made available. Although patients would be referred for “prehab” within 48 hours of their diagnosis, the start date for the fitness plan may vary on a case by case basis following consultation with a doctor.
More than 500 patients are already taking part in the exercise programme in Greater Manchester, while another 2,000 are expected to participate over the next two years. Similar services are being run in London, Leicester and Yorkshire.
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said cancer treatments can take a “toll” on the body, despite working “better than ever”. “There’s increasing evidence that it’s really worth trying to get match fit ahead of chemo or major surgery,” he added. “In effect you are ‘priming’ your own recovery before your treatment even begins.”
June Davis, an adviser at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “While it might seem extraordinary that newly-diagnosed patients are being referred to exercise classes and personal trainers, we know that prehabilitation can support people during this difficult time to prepare both physically and mentally for treatment, reclaim a sense of control and improve their health in the long-term.