Abbreviations:Prehab, Prehabilitation (The process of enhancing physical fitness before surgery to enable the patient to withstand the stress of surgery has been termed prehabilitation. Exercise is an important component of prehabilitation), IMS (Integrative Medicine Service), ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology), MSK (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Q&A (Questions and Answers)
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Disclosure Statement: Dr. David R. Jones serves as a consultant for AstraZeneca and on a clinical trial steering committee for Merck. Dr. Daniela Molena serves on a steering committee for AstraZeneca and as a consultant for Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, and Genentech. Dr. Gaetano Rocco has financial relationships with Scanlan, AstraZeneca, and Medtronic. Dr. Mao reports grants from Tibet CheeZheng Tibetan Medicine Co. Ltd. outside the submitted work. All other authors have nothing to disclose.
Funding Statement: This manuscript is supported in part by funding from AKTIV Against Cancer, JDJ Charitable Foundation, and by an MSK National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Cancer Center grant (P30 CA008748).
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval: This manuscript was approved by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) IRB under retrospective protocol 18-445 on October 18, 2018. This type of protocol indicates that waived consent and waiver of HIPAA authorization are appropriate.
A virtual synchronous prehabilitation program is highly feasible to implement for patients undergoing thoracic surgery and may help overcome certain challenges to in-person participation.
Prehabilitation before thoracic surgery has been found to improve outcomes in patients with cancer, however COVID-19 presented challenges to access on-site programs. This virtual synchronous mind-body prehabilitation program, developed in response to COVID-19, was well-received with high satisfaction and benefits among thoracic cancer patients and is highly feasible to implement.
Central Picture Legend: Virtual Mind-Body Prehabilitation Program for Patients Undergoing Thoracic Surgery
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