In the study, Silver also suggests that programs to improve the mental state of cancer patients are important. "The need for psychosocial support in some patients may be greatest at the time of diagnosis, as they work to acclimate to the changes this will mean in their lives and rally for the challenges ahead," the report stated.
"Providing support and instruction in coping skills during this waiting period, when survivors are in limbo, may be beneficial in alleviating some of the stress and anxiety." The report noted that "prehabilitative psychosocial interventions may also help patients move ahead with treatment decisions, further avoiding treatment delays."
Silver said a "multimodal" approach that includes various exercise and wellness programs along with psychological counseling could help patients complete their prescribed regimes of radiation and chemotherapy and, in the long-term, help them live longer. "People who complete their recommended treatment for cancer have a better chance at long-term survival than people who don't," said Silver. "And we believe prehabilitation can help people with all types of different cancers complete their treatment and improve their chances of living cancer-free."