Updated: Dec 4, 2022
A diagnosis of cancer comes with more than just emotions. Many often undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and these treatments can have various adverse effects. Cancer rehabilitation can help at any point during cancer care from before initial treatment begins through survivor-ship and palliative care. This article describes how physiotherapy can help your body recover from cancer, treatment and other physical changes you may experience.
Recover Strength & Function
Reduce medical weakness during treatments
Cancer treatments can hit you hard and leave you feeling weak. Through exercise prescription, your physiotherapist aims to reduce fatigue and improve physical function, safety and well-being.
Improve Quality of Life
Empowering you to live to your best lives
Rehabilitation is an important part of cancer treatment and can help you improve your quality of life. Through rehabilitation, you can:
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase your independence
Increase strength and endurance
Improve flexibility and balance
Reduce pain and swelling
Improve sleep quality
Being diagnosed with cancer does not mean that they are resigned to a poorer quality of life. By helping you to return to the highest level of function and independence possible, you can live the way you want it.
Support throughout your Journey
Seamless care from start to end
Before, during, and after your cancer treatment, you will have the support of an entire team. Physiotherapists can provide the guidance in transition from discharge to the home. Physiotherapy can help you cope with a wide variety of cancer and/or treatment-related conditions and their symptoms, no matter which stage of treatment you may be at.
Your physiotherapist will help manage the symptoms of treatment such as nausea and fatigue or discomfort from surgery. They can also assist you in learning breathing exercises so that you can continue to breathe deeply during weight-bearing exercises (like walking).
Your physiotherapist may also refer you for other services like occupational therapy or speech language pathology, depending on your needs. This is all part of a seamless transition between stages of care—from diagnosis through to recovery—ensuring that every step along your journey is as comfortable as possible!
Proven to Work
Backed by evidence
Studies have shown that mortality increases as cancer treatment is delayed. Cancer rehabilitation improves physical function and quality of life for cancer survivors, even those who are in the palliative stage of their disease.
Through cancer rehabilitation, we aim to improve function and quality of life for those affected by cancer; promote self-management skills; assist in improving patient adherence; reduce anxiety levels through education about their condition; improve physical fitness so they can cope better with their illness; prevent secondary complications such as osteoporosis (brittle bones), which often occur after chemotherapy or surgery - this may include exercise programmes specific for bone health maintenance.
Movement is medicine, seek help from a physiotherapist today!
Physiotherapy is safe and effective way to manage cancer related symptoms, such as pain, fatigue or loss of mobility. A physiotherapist can help you to manage the side effects of cancer treatments or surgery by helping you regain strength, mobility and function.
Physiotherapy can help improve your quality of life by providing tailored treatment programmes that meet each individual's needs.
Start on rehabilitation early!
Cancer rehabilitation is an essential part of cancer treatment. Because we know that every patient has different needs, we have a range of services to help you recover and improve your quality of life. Whether you need help with physical or mental health recovery, our team will work with you to find the best solution for your situation. We want everyone who walks through our doors to feel supported and empowered!
If you are recovering from cancer or undergoing cancer treatment, talk to us at the Thrive Healthcare about how we can help you. We offer a wide range of services, including:
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