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Differences Between General Physical Therapy and Cancer Rehabilitation

By Cheryl Guarna | January 14, 2024

In the realm of physical therapy, rehabilitation practitioners play a crucial role in restoring and enhancing the physical well-being of individuals facing various health challenges. While general physical therapy is well-known for addressing a wide array of musculoskeletal issues, the specialized field of cancer rehabilitation requires a unique set of skills, expertise, and a deep…

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A Cancer Rehabilitation Program Designed for You

By Cheryl Guarna | December 29, 2023

When you are diagnosed with cancer, cancer treatment is of utmost importance and becomes the primary focus for cancer patients, and for good reason. Going into treatment, most patients are aware that cancer treatments are taxing and require physical and mental stamina. Being able to tolerate the rigors of treatment is essential for optimal outcomes.    However,…

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A Journey through Lymphedema Treatment : Patient Perspective

By Cheryl Guarna | December 27, 2023

Living with lymphedema can be challenging, affecting not only one’s physical well-being but also their emotional and mental health. In this blog post, I want to share my personal journey with lymphedema, highlighting the transformative benefits of lymphedema treatment and exercise in reclaiming a sense of wellness and vitality. Lymphedema is a chronic condition characterized…

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The Transformative Power of Cancer Rehabilitation Physical Therapy: Perspectives from a Cancer Rehab Patient

By Cheryl Guarna | December 27, 2023

Living with cancer is a journey filled with challenges that extend beyond the realms of medical treatments. As a cancer patient, I found solace and strength in an unexpected ally-cancer rehabilitation physical therapy. Here I will share my personal experiences with physical therapy during my cancer diagnosis – and shed light on the remarkable benefits…

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Empowering Lives: The Role of Physical Therapy in Cancer Rehabilitation

By Cheryl Guarna | December 25, 2023

  As a physical therapist, my journey in the realm of cancer rehabilitation has been both challenging and rewarding. Working with individuals facing the physical toll of cancer has given me unique insights into the importance of tailored rehabilitation programs. Cancer not only affects the body but also takes a toll on the overall well-being…

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The Healing Touch: Oncology Massage Benefits for Cancer Patients and Survivors

By Cheryl Guarna | November 8, 2023

Massage therapy is a well-known method for promoting relaxation, relieving tension, and improving overall well-being. However, when it comes to individuals with cancer (or a history of cancer), a specialized approach is required to ensure optimal safety and comfort. In this blog, we’ll explore the key differences between traditional massage and oncology massage and highlight…

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The Crucial Role of Cancer Rehabilitation in Palliative Care

By Cheryl Guarna | September 22, 2023

Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing serious illnesses, such as cancer. The focus shifts from curative treatments to providing comfort, pain management, emotional support, and enhancing overall well-being. Within the realm of palliative care, cancer rehabilitation plays a pivotal role in ensuring patients experience the highest…

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What is Cancer Rehabilitation?

By Cheryl Guarna | August 24, 2023

Cancer, a relentless adversary that affects millions worldwide, often leaves survivors grappling with physical, emotional, and functional challenges. While the primary goal of cancer treatment is to eradicate the disease, the journey doesn’t end there. Post-treatment, survivors may experience a range of debilitating side effects, impairments, and diminished quality of life. This is where cancer…

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Understanding the Effects of Radiation on Cancer Patients

By Cheryl Guarna | August 11, 2023

Radiation therapy is a common treatment option for various types of cancer.  These side effects may include fatigue, pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. In this blog post, we will delve into the potential side effects of radiation therapy and how physical therapy can play a crucial role in managing these challenges. Radiation therapy…

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Radiation Therapy

By Cheryl Guarna | August 7, 2023

Radiation therapy is a common treatment option for various types of cancer, and while it targets cancerous cells, it can also affect surrounding healthy tissues, leading to side effects and complications. Physical therapy can play an essential role in the management and recovery of individuals undergoing cancer radiation therapy. Physical therapy for cancer radiation therapy…

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Duke Study Finds Exercise Helps with Treating Breast Cancer

By Cheryl Guarna | August 7, 2023

A Duke University study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute used mice to find that exercise doubles blood flow and oxygen to tumors, which Dr. Mark Dewhirst, a Duke cancer researcher, says is a good thing.  Read the full article here: http://www.wral.com/duke-study-finds-exercise-helps-with-treating-breast-cancer/14556579/#dc1f

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Exercise Safety for Metastatic Cancer Patients: Research and Insights

By Cheryl Guarna | July 21, 2023

Living with metastatic cancer is undoubtedly a challenging journey for patients and their families. However, amidst the struggles, there lies a powerful ally that can positively impact physical, emotional, and psychological well-being: exercise.  In recent years, there has been growing evidence suggesting that exercise can have significant benefits for individuals living with metastatic cancer. However,…

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