The Role of Cancer Rehab and Physical Therapy in Supporting Metastatic Cancer Patients: Evidence-Based Approach for Enhanced Well-being

By Cheryl Guarna | July 2, 2023

Receiving a metastatic cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and life-altering. While the primary focus of treatment is managing the disease, the role of exercise in supporting overall health and well-being cannot be understated. Physical activity, tailored to individual capabilities and guided by medical professionals, has shown numerous benefits for cancer patients, including those with metastatic…

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients: Enhancing Recovery and Quality of Life

By Cheryl Guarna | May 26, 2023

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. While medical treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery are vital in fighting cancer, there is another powerful ally that can significantly contribute to a patient’s recovery: physical therapy. Physical therapy can play a beneficial role in the treatment and management of cancer. As…

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Unveiling the Power of Exercise for Lymphedema Management: Latest Research and Evidence-Based Benefits

By Cheryl Guarna | April 21, 2023

As a physical therapist, I understand the importance of exercise in promoting overall health and well-being. Being a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) I am committed to providing evidence-based lymphedema treatment to my lymphedema patients. In recent years, there has been growing interest and research in the role of exercise in managing lymphedema. Lymphedema is a…

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The Benefits of Exercise for Patients with Lymphedema

By Cheryl Guarna | April 8, 2023

Lymphedema is a condition where there is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the tissues of the body, leading to swelling and discomfort. This condition is usually caused by damage to the lymphatic system, which is responsible for draining excess fluid from the body. Lymphedema can affect any part of the body, but it is…

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We’re Moving! NEW Location in Lansdowne, VA

By Cheryl Guarna | February 13, 2023

I am excited to announce that Oncology Rehab & Wellness will be moving to a NEW nearby location in Lansdowne in February 2023!

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How to Lower Your Lymphedema Risk

By Cheryl Guarna | December 7, 2022

Pay attention to your own body for early warning signs that could signal lymphedema risk: 1) Tingling feelings 2) Heavy achy feelings 3) Noticeable swelling 4) A lack of flexibility 5) Skin that holds a dent if you press it with a finger 6) Skin that feels stretched or tight.

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How to Get Things Done When You’re Low on Energy

By Cheryl Guarna | November 4, 2022

After any surgery or intensive medical treatment, available bodily energy will be low, because the body is using a lot of energy just to heal.  And this is doubly true of anything that impacts the lungs.  So, lung-cancer survivors need some particularized strategies for managing the energy they do have, and making the most of it.

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Lung Cancer Breathing Techniques to Manage Shortness of Breath

By Cheryl Guarna | October 18, 2022

Before diving into specific breathing techniques for lung cancer, here is some anatomical background on why breath-work is important.

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What to Know About Home Oxygen Therapy with Lung Cancer

By Cheryl Guarna | September 26, 2022

After lung cancer surgery, oxygen therapy can be a vital part of your recovery. Learn about living normally while using home oxygen therapy.

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How to Prevent and Treat Scarring Around New Breast Implants

By Cheryl Guarna | August 19, 2022

Capsular contracture can be prevented or treated with ultrasound, targeted massage, and physical therapy, without requiring invasive surgery.

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Breast cancer patient with pain because of frozen shoulder

How to Treat Frozen Shoulder in Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

By Cheryl Guarna | August 5, 2022

85% of breast cancer patients have arm problems related to treatment. Frozen shoulder might not appear for a year or more, and starting physical therapy immediately after–or even before–treatment, is the best way to prevent frozen shoulder.

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How Baseline Physical Therapy Testing Helps with Breast Cancer Side Effects

By Cheryl Guarna | July 22, 2022

Since 2011, many medical professionals have advocated for a “prospective” method of dealing with impairments related to breast cancer treatments such as stiffness, lymphedema, neuropathy, etc. In plain language this means “Start treating side effects before you even start cancer treatments.”

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