What is cancer rehabilitation?
Cancer rehabilitation (rehab) can help all types of cancer, at all stages of the disease – by positively impacting the physical and emotional well being of the person diagnosed with the disease.
Exercise can play many roles during treatment and recovery. It has been shown to improve physical and psychosocial side effects, improve cardiovascular, metabolic, and immune function, help reduce inflammation and improve quality of life.
How does it help?
Cancer treatments can include surgical resection, chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant, hormone and immunotherapy. Treatments can be hard on the body, and often come with difficult side effects. Physiotherapy treatments for cancer rehab can help manage many side effects of cancer treatments and can also help prepare for treatment, help lessen the side effects during treatment, and help in the process of returning return to leading a full happy life after treatments are completed.
Fatigue & Connective Tissue Changes
Fatigue is a very common complaint, during and after cancer treatment, which can be greatly helped with an individualized supervised exercise program.
Connective tissue changes and thickening, as well as adhesions and scars, can affect range of motion and reduce one’s joint and general mobility. These changes cannot only affect function during treatment, but can also appear at a later time, after treatment has ended.
Physiotherapy and massage therapy can help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and regain strength. These therapies can help prevent long-term loss of mobility and function.
Lymph Node Resection & Lymphedema
When surgery involves lymph node resection, there is a risk of developing lymphedema. Lymphedema is a life long condition. It is caused by a build up of fluids that can lead to swelling in the arm or leg.
Physiotherapy can provide education on proper skin care and self care after lymph node resection, which helps lessen the risks of developing lymphedema, and help with early detection and management.
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Have you been diagnosed with cancer?
Trained physiotherapists, such as our own Evelyn Laroche, can be a vital part of a cancer rehab health care team. They provide compassionate care including education, manual therapy treatments, and individualized supervised exercise programs, which address the special needs of the cancer survivors. They can help clients at all stages of their cancer management, with the ultimate goal of returning them to the best life possible.
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