Back up mandate Research Council (Eva Huysmans): The added value of multimodal patient-centered teleprehabilitation in the cancer care continuum for breast cancer patients.

Project Details


Oncological treatment (incl. surgery) for breast cancer (BC) often leads to late consequences that are negatively impacting on quality of life and imply high socioeconomic burden. Between BC diagnosis and surgery lays a window of opportunity for interventions (i.e., prehabilitation) aiming to optimally prepare patients for surgery and postoperative rehabilitation, and potentially decrease the occurrence/severity of these late consequences. The limited evidence for prehabilitation in BC is promising but constitutes high risk of bias (incl. small samples) and did not evaluate long-term effects. With this application, I aim to investigate the long-term
(cost-)effectiveness and (part of) the underlying mechanism of an
innovative multimodal patient-centered teleprehabilitation approach containing education, stress management and exercise therapy, with integration of motivational interviewing as a communication strategy throughout, in patients undergoing BC surgery. This intervention aims at 1) improving physical and mental status; 2) improving surgical outcome (e.g., quality of life); 3) improving adherence to
postoperative rehabilitation and physical activity recommendations;
and 4) decreasing the occurrence/severity and related socioeconomic burden of late consequences of BC treatment. Therefore, this project may lead to an important optimization of the BC care continuum which can result in better long-term quality of life for BC patients, implying a high impact on the field.
Effective start/end date1/10/2230/09/23


  • teleprehabilitation
  • breast cancer surgery
  • patient-centered therapy

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Rehabilitation sciences
  • Health economy
  • Oncological surgery
  • Cancer therapy
  • Physiotherapy


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