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Physiotherapy plays an important role during and after cancer treatment. Physiotherapists practicing in oncology are familiar with the complications caused by cancer and its treatments. Physiotherapy is essential to reduce deconditioning during and for rehabilitation after cancer treatment. Learn more about physiotherapists practicing in oncology below. If you’re looking for a clinic go to find clinic or use the search icon in the menu.

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What is Oncology Physiotherapy?

After cancer treatment it is very common for patients to experience many physical deficits, including (but not limited to):

  • Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF)
  • Lymphedema
  • Pain
  • Deconditioning
  • Incontinence
  • Nerve damage

Physiotherapists are in a position to help with all of the above (and more).  A carefully monitored and individualized strength, endurance and aerobic exercise program can help at all stages of cancer treatment.  Exercise can help reduce the effects of CRF and minimize / reverse deconditioning during and after treatment.  Therapeutic exercise is also a mainstay treatment for nerve damage and pain.  Manual therapy techniques and modalities can also be an important adjunct to treatment and can help manage pain and improve muscle and joint function.

Pelvic health physiotherapy should be considered as the first line of treatment for incontinence. For more information go here.

Mental health issues are very common during and after cancer treatment.  Therapeutic exercise and improved physical health can have a very positive impact on psychological health

Recovery from cancer is a complex process and is a multidisciplinary effort.  Physiotherapy has a big role to play throughout the entire process.  

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This article is not intended to be a literature review. References to scientific evidence may be provided to substantiate some information; however, this may not always be the case. For more information regarding scientific evidence pertaining to a specific treatment or service, speak with your physiotherapist or contact your provincial physiotherapy college.
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