Oncology Rehab and Wellness Blog

Is Cancer Rehab Right For You?

By Cheryl Guarna | February 29, 2020

Many cancer patients and survivors deal with the after-effects of cancer treatment, such as pain and impaired functioning.  Many of these “late effects” can linger even years after cancer treatment has ended.  Nevertheless, few patients receive the needed care to address these issues.  Cancer rehabilitation, or physical therapy specializing in the physical problems related to…

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Physical Therapy After Lung Cancer Surgery: It Isn’t Just About Exercise!

By Eliska Amyx, LPTA | February 16, 2020

After lung cancer surgery you may experience some difficulty with doing the things you are used to doing.  You may experience decreased endurance even during simple activities such as walking or shopping or doing the stairs.  It may hurt to cough, making it difficult to clear your lungs of congestion.  You may need some direction…

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Treating the Side-Effects of Cancer Treatment with Physical Therapy: CIPN

By Eliska Amyx, LPTA | February 2, 2020

Chemotherapy – Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy or CIPN is a numbness and tingling in the hands and feet due to nerve damage from chemotherapy.  CIPN can lead to muscle weakness and balance problems.  According to The American Cancer Society two-thirds of patients undergoing chemotherapy will develop CIPN within a month of starting chemo. …

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Exercise as Standard Treatment in Patients With Cancer

By Cheryl Guarna | January 25, 2020

Multiple national agencies (eg. The American College of Sports Medicine, American Cancer Society, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and The National Cancer Institute) all now recommend “avoidance of inactivity” for cancer patients.  As of last month, the above agencies, in cooperation with international experts in exercise oncology now recommend specific guidelines and activity recommendations for cancer…

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Some Things You Should Know About Cancer Rehab

By Cheryl Guarna | January 12, 2020

Three Things You Should Know about Cancer Rehabilitation Despite improved outcomes for cancer patients due to ongoing advancements in cancer care, cancer and its treatments can often cause debilitating physical problems to include weakness, stiffness, balance loss, cognitive decline.  These effects can interfere with survivors’ recovery, their ability to complete treatment successfully and may decrease…

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How Physical Therapy Can Help With Pain After Breast Surgery

By Cheryl Guarna | September 29, 2019

Pain after breast surgery?  How can rehab help?   Breast surgery is a lifesaving treatment for many women diagnosed with breast cancer.  If you and your cancer team have determined that breast surgery will be part of your treatment plan, you will be advised on what to expect after your surgery.  One side effect on…

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The Role of Lymphedema Therapists in Cancer Care

By Cheryl Guarna | September 17, 2019

In our continuing highlight of specific therapists and services and their roles in cancer rehabilitation, this month we discuss the role of Certified Lymphedema Therapists in the treatment of patients with cancer. What is lymphedema? The lymphatic system plays a critical role in the maintenance of fluid balance in the body. It absorbs the fluid…

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Fighting Cancer-Related Fatigue With Exercise

By Cheryl Guarna | August 25, 2019

FIGHTING CANCER RELATED FATIGUE WITH EXERCISE No longer is a cancer diagnosis a time to stop all physical activity and take it easy.  Quite the opposite.  Current research is recommending that patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation remain as active as possible.  The benefits of exercise within the general population are well-known. Historically, it has not…

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Cancer Rehab Assessments Minimize Complications After Treatments

By Cheryl Guarna | June 23, 2019

Throughout a person’s cancer experience, it is critical to maintain the things in life that are important to you – energy, activity level, relationships. In fact, research shows that an active lifestyle that includes exercise can actually enhance your body’s recovery and contribute to a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment. Life…

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Exercising Safely After Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Get Started

By Cheryl Guarna | May 21, 2019

I’m not usually one who says things like, “it takes a special person to do so and so,” but breast cancer survivors are special people. I’ve found that working with survivors challenges me and makes me want to go to work every day! We all know that exercise is good for us. We all know…

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