Cancer rehabilitation is an emerging field of physiotherapy due to an increase in cancer survivorship. As more and more people are beating cancer with early diagnosis, innovations in treatment and medical technology, there is a need for more recovery strategies.
Despite the advances in medical management, cancer treatments are typically extensive and strenuous leading to physical, mental and emotional limitations during and after treatment. These limitations include a weak immune system, deconditioning, pain, nerve damage, cancer related fatigue, to name a few. For some people everyday basic tasks like getting out of bed can be hugely challenging let alone going out of the house.
Physiotherapists are experts who can prescribe a wide range of exercises that are structured for individual needs and are safe and effective to improve or maintain your physical abilities and independence.
Physiotherapy may not be the first thing on your mind during cancer treatment but evidence suggests that exercise helps to improve the quality of life for cancer patients; irrespective of the stage and type of cancer; however, most people are not sure of what to do and when they can and cannot do exercise.
Physiotherapists can provide a wide range of exercises to help with pain, balance, reduced mobility, reduced strength, coordination, generalized weakness, fatigue, breathing disorders, neuropathy, lymphedema, etc. They can also provide advice for activity pacing, using of mobility aids, support you with your activates of daily living and maintain a good quality of life.
Physiotherapists can also provide you support during different phases of your cancer treatment. They can also help to maintain healthy weight throughout your cancer journey and prevent muscle wasting.
As every person will experience different limitations and impairments throughout their cancer journey and treatment, it is important to have an individual assessment of your rehabilitation needs and goals.
It’s never too late to late to utilize cancer rehabilitation services. If you would like further information then please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org