POLARIS (WC2011-088)



Starting date: 01/01/2012

Predicting OptimaL cAncer RehabIlitation and Supportive care (POLARIS)

Due to advances in early detection and treatment, survival after cancer has improved substantially. Unfortunately for most patients, cancer survivorship is associated with long term adverse physical and psychosocial symptoms, reducing the quality of life (QoL). Numerous cancer rehabilitation and supportive care programs aiming at improving QoL exist, but effect sizes are generally small to moderate. Clinical practice shows that a program may be effective in some patients, but not in others. The working components of rehabilitation and supportive care programs should be identified and rehabilitation and supportive care needs to shift from a one-size fits all approach to personalized care, tailored to the patient’s characteristics, capabilities, and preferences.

The POLARIS study is embedded in the inter-institutional research program of the EMGO+ Institute and VUmc CCA/V-ICI ‘Quality of life in cancer and immunology’.