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Successful occupational therapy at end of life for a patient with prostate sarcoma
  1. Takayoshi Yamaga,
  2. Katsutoshi Asano,
  3. Masanao Ikeya and
  4. Kosuke Nakanishi
  1. Occupational Therapy, Health Science University, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Takayoshi Yamaga; t.yamaga{at}


Most previous studies on palliative rehabilitation highlight medical care, with occupational therapy (OT) primarily focused on normal and instrumental activities of daily living. This clinical report describes the case of a 35-year-old patient with prostate sarcoma with a poor prognosis who received OT to help him focus on participating in a meaningful occupation. Initially, the patient was depressed and withdrawn, but with OT, he was able to participate in an occupation, and his life became more active. Although the patient was at the end of his life, he was able to maintain a high quality of life during the limited time period.

  • palliative care
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • oncology

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  • Contributors TY contributed to the acquisition of data, the conception, design, drafting the manuscript. KN contributed to drafting the manuscript, analysis and interpretation of data. KA and MI contributed to the analysis and interpretation of data. All authors discussed the results and contributed to the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.