10 May 2024

Sheffield cancer prehabilitation service marks 1000 referrals

Active Together, a cancer prehabilitation and rehabilitation service which helps people prepare for and recover from cancer treatment has surpassed 1000 referrals. The pioneering service, which is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research and run in collaboration with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Hallam University, began accepting referrals in early February 2022 and has since expanded to support to a range of tumour groups including gynaecological, lung and colorectal cancers with plans to expand to some breast and prostate patients and offer support at sites in Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster over the coming year.

The service provides personalised nutritional, psychological and physical activity support to people following a cancer diagnosis. There is a growing body of evidence that being active before, during and after treatment can reduce side effects and complications, improve the likelihood of survival and reduce the risk of recurrence. In recognition of its work, Active Together won the Innovation category in the Trust’s latest Thank You Awards.

Dr Carol Keen, Clinical Lead for the service said “It is testimony to the effort, skills and collaboration of the Active Together team that we have rapidly grown to achieve this landmark, while maintaining high quality standards of care.

Our key achievement is the difference we make to our patients, supporting them to do well through their cancer treatment and recover afterwards to get back to the things that matter most to them.”

To find out more about the service click here

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