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Family-oriented haemato-oncological rehabilitation


Oncological and haematological diseases in childhood not only affect the patient, but also have far-reaching effects on the entire family system. Therefore, the acute therapy does not end the treatment of the disease. Rehabilitation of the entire family as part of a family-oriented rehabilitation (FOR) is an integral part of the treatment concept. The FOR is currently only available as a therapeutic measure in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is carried out in a few specialized clinics and is accepted by the pension and health insurance providers for oncological diseases, cystic fibrosis and cardiological diseases in childhood and financed for the entire family.


Oncological and hematological diseases in childhood not only involve the patient alone but the whole family. Therefore the treatment is not finished with acute treatment of the disease. Rehabilitation for the whole family as family-oriented rehabilitation (FOR) is part of the treatment strategy. Until now FOR was available as part of the treatment only in Germany. It is performed in a few specialized hospitals and approved by health and pension insurances for oncological and hematological diseases, cystic fibrosis and cardiac diseases in childhood and for financing the whole family.

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Dopfer, R. Family-oriented haemato-oncological rehabilitation. Monthly Children's Health159, 642-649 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00112-010-2325-y

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  • rehabilitation
  • Family-oriented rehabilitation (FOR)
  • insurance
  • Haematological Diseases
  • Oncological diseases


  • rehabilitation
  • Family-oriented rehabilitation (FOR)
  • Insurance
  • Hematological diseases
  • Oncological diseases