Cancer Rehabiliation

what is rehabilitation for the Post-cancer patient:

A comprehensive rehabilitation program is crucial to a post-cancer patient. Many oncologists recognize this and urge their patients to participate in a physical therapy program, which can help relieve pain and restore movement that may have been lost as a result of cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery. According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, “Major cancer centers are taking steps to better coordinate rehabilitation after treatment – Medicare and most insurance companies are covering such services.”

Symptoms post-cancer patients experience:

After undergoing debilitating cancer treatments, patients are left with multiple symptoms that have major effects on their body. The inactivity or reduced activity is profound at the muscular level, as well as other areas of the body. Although each patient is different, these are some common physical symptoms post-cancer patients’ experience where rehabilitation would be beneficial:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight changes
  • Pain and/or numbness
  • Nervous system changes (neuropathy)
  • Loss of Strength
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Treatments for post-cancer patients:

Physical therapy for a post-cancer patient will comprise mostly of exercise, cardiovascular reconditioning and strength training which will help mitigate the effects listed above. Exercise also improves strength, lessens fatigue and pain and has positive impacts on mood.

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