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Role Of Occupational Therapist In Cancer Management

The occupational therapist plays an important role in the care and treatment of individuals with cancer. Occupational therapy interventions include education on the use of energy conservation techniques, assistive technology, and activity adaptation to resume functional daily routines.The occupational therapist is committed to the therapeutic use of purposeful activities for patients. The goal is to maximize the individual′s functional capabilities and independence by reducing the effects of disabilities caused by physical or psychological dysfunction. The use of exercise, meaningful activity, and adaptive equipment promotes strength, coordination, visual perception, and cognition necessary for independent functioning in daily life.

The occupational therapist and the patient and family work together to determine the most appropriate activity for that patient. Achievable goals are established to encourage a positive focus and to reinforce the progress made by the patient.

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