I hate to say it.. so I am going to write it! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Working in the oncology outpatient setting can almost seem like you are working in a factory. People being directed in and out, completing assessments, relaying instructions, getting treatment, moving on to the next, one in, one out…
We know this order is needed to be structured and efficient; however it can take away some of that personal

connection if one falls victim to the process, the numbers and is not mindful of the ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™š. The purpose being to provide the best possible holistic care to patients so that they are able to ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž.
There are endless concerns to address within a 15-30 minute window that sometimes meaningful conversations are missed or rushed. Some common conversations that are missed are related to diet and exercise.
Making that personal connection to one another in order to have meaningful changes in healthy lifestyle habits takes a lot more than this one in, one out revolving door process.
Based on an ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) survey, exercise was addressed โ€œat most or some oncology visitsโ€ in 56.8% of respondents’ care.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely to have an exercise or rehab professional within the oncology clinic to help fully discussย the importance of exercise and movement in regards to outcomes, overall functioning and quality of life.
IF we can increase the oncology care teamsโ€™ likelihood of discussing the importance of exercise + refer to an exercise or rehab professional to facilitate that vital, meaningful conversation and provide the guidance to fuel behavior change could that = increased adherence to an exercise program? Which then could improve overall outcomes and quality of life?!
I think so. ๐Ÿ˜Š