Cancer Prehabilitation

The Prehabilitation Program is designed to improve your well-being prior to surgery, increasing your chances for better recovery and treatment response.

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Cancer treatment can cause both physical and emotional weakness, making recovery from surgery much more difficult. UC Health is committed to transforming care for gastrointestinal cancer patients by providing a plan that focuses on the whole person. Patients who participate in prehabilitation experience a shorter intensive care unit (ICU) stay, earlier discharge, shorter time to adjuvant chemo and have an overall increase in quality of life.



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The best medical programs in the world are part of leading-edge research aimed at improving public health and developing new medical treatments. As the Region’s only adult academic medical center, we house vibrant research programs that include ongoing clinical trials, actively initiating studies to bring new therapies and diagnostic tests to patients in Greater Cincinnati and around the world.

We Actively Seek Medical Discoveries.

Nationally and internationally recognized for its research efforts, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Health has a long and distinguished history of medical discoveries. Our premier surgeon-scientists and postdoctoral researchers pursue innovative and exciting research, focused on applying their discoveries directly to the bedside to advance patient care.



Our Teams Build Strong Collaborative Partnerships With Referring Providers.

We are committed to providing optimal care to your patient and open communication with you. As a referring physician, we understand that you need to be kept informed of your patient’s progress. That’s why we set up a toolbox to share detailed information about your patient’s health with you.

To refer a patient, call 513-585-UCCC

Prehabilitation Services for Cancer Survivors

From beginning to end, our cancer prehabilitation care team works one on one with you to provide nutrition, physical activity, wellness, pulmonary and smoking support.



The goal of the nutrition pillar is to receive personalized nutritional guidance. After a nutrition-focused physical exam, your dietitian will create a goal-directed nutritional plan for you. In addition to providing “Food Diary” education, your dietitian will also recommend supplements, including multivitamins and protein supplements. 



When participating in the physical activity area of the program, you’ll be evaluated by a physical therapist to determine the best goal-directed exercise program for you. Once your plan is established, you’ll receive “Exercise Diary” education and telehealth classes and assessments. 



The wellness pillar focuses on wellness and mindfulness. One of our social workers will evaluate you to determine the best type of care for you. Options include psychoeducational and meditation group sessions or a psychiatry referral.  



If you experience pulmonary issues, your surgeon will provide an incentive spirometer along with education and assessments.



If you’re an active smoker, your surgeon will refer you to a smoking cessation program.

Our Unique Approach

Expert, Skilled Care

The GI Cancer Prehabilitation team of physicians, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, mental healthcare providers and other specialists all work together to improve your wellness by providing personalized care that leads to better outcomes. 

Cincinnati's No. 1 preferred cancer care provider
The region’s only cancer prehabilitation program
23 dedicated experts
15 convenient locations


Nationally recognized cancer subspecialists leading the way.


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