Benefits of Oncology Rehab

Cancer Rehabilitation helps offset limitations and reduces pain caused by cancer treatments. Let us help you get strong and stay as strong as you can be throughout your cancer recovery. You can gain and maintain your independence with Oncology Rehab and Wellness programs. 

"If the effects of exercise could be encapsulated in a pill, it would be prescribed to every cancer patient worldwide and viewed as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment."

 

Prue Cormie, Principal Research Fellow in Exercise & Cancer, Australian Catholic University

Benefits of Cancer Rehab Include:

Improved Physical Strength

Weakness is a common side effect of cancer surgery and treatment. Through specialized exercise we can help. Because cancer treatment can cause other medical problems (cardiac, respiratory, chemo-induced neuropathy), it is advised that patients are supervised and directed by a rehabilitation professional until it is safe to transition to an independent exercise program.  Outcomes demonstrate that improvements in strength are significant which leads to an improved quality of life after cancer - or living with cancer.

Regain Independence

By improving your functional abilities and physical strength, you can improve your ability to complete tasks that were before difficult - or even impossible.  You can reduce your reliance on others to complete daily tasks and ultimately improve your independence.  

Reduce Pain

Manual therapy techniques, modalities and rehabilitation interventions such as stretching/range of motion exercises that physical therapists can apply are effective at reducing physical pain.  Common late effects of cancer treatment, surgery or radiation are musculoskeletal pain, joint pain and surgery-related scar tissue pain.  Cancer rehab therapists are trained in specialized manual techniques and interventions to help reduce the pain caused by treatment or surgery.

Reduce Cancer-Related Fatigue

Exercise interventions are shown to be one of the most effective strategies for reducing cancer-related fatigue.  Our outcomes demonstrate an 88% reduction in cancer-related fatigue for patients who participate in our Cancer Recovery Program.

Improve Balance

Cancer rehab physical therapists are highly trained to work with patients to improve balance and reduce the likelihood of falls.  Balance exercises are effective at improving static and dynamic balance, improving balance recovery strategies and reducing the risk of falls.  A common impairment related to many chemotherapy drugs, known as chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy can affect a patients balance and put them at risk for falls and injury.   

More about Cancer Rehabilitation

Oncology rehab is provided by therapists who have extensive experience and training in treating the unique needs of cancer patients and and survivors.  Oncology rehab addresses problems that patients often experience during or after treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) including cancer-related fatigue, unsteadiness, pain, muscle weakness, reduced range of motion in joints, soft tissue restrictions post radiation or surgery, lymphedema/swelling, and decline in activity tolerance.

An estimated 65-90 % of cancer survivors develop impairments from cancer treatments. Oncology rehab can help survivors achieve optimal function, well being, and quality of life through *individually-prescribed exercise programs, comprehensive balance training, cardio-respiratory/endurance training and pain management.

*Because cancer treatment can cause other medical problems (cardiac, respiratory, chemo-induced neuropathy), it is advised that patients are supervised and directed by a rehabilitation professional until it is safe to transition to an independent exercise program.

 

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What the Experts Say About Oncology Rehab

"Cancer patients who exercise regularly experience fewer and less severe side effects from treatments. They also have a lower relative risk of cancer recurrence and a lower relative risk of dying from their cancer.

If the effects of exercise could be encapsulated in a pill, it would be prescribed to every cancer patient worldwide and viewed as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment. If we had a pill called exercise it would be demanded by cancer patients, prescribed by every cancer specialist, and subsidised by government."

Prue Cormie, Principal Research Fellow in Exercise & Cancer, Australian Catholic University