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Physiotherapy During and After Cancer Treatment

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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.

For more information, visit the links included in this article.

Please note

This article is not intended to be a literature review.  While some literature may be cited in some cases, this article should not be used as scientific-evidence of a treatment or service.  Please contact your physiotherapist or other appropriate health care provider to better understand the scientific literature supporting or refuting the use of a particular treatment.

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