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Treated cancer patients rarely get rehabilitation

A machine used for radiation therapy at the Karolinska Hospital in Solna. Photo: Dan Hansson/TT.

A majority of those who have been treated for cancer are not offered rehabilitation, and are often forced to seek help on their own. That's the word from a study conducted by an organisation called the Network Against Cancer.

In the study 1,800 cancer patients were asked what kind of rehabilitation they had been offered after receiving their treatment. 96 percent of the respondents said they got no information.

Patrik Göransson, head of the Swedish organisation of psycho-oncology and rehabilitation, says to Swedish Radio that while cancer treatment has improved dramatically in recent years, cancer rehabilitation is often overlooked.

"It's a problem that we're so focused today on making sure that people survive cancer, but tend to forget to help the patients move on," Göransson says.

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions will present a national health-care programme for cancer rehabilitation this spring.

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