Oncology rehab is provided by therapists who have extensive experience and certifications in treating the unique needs of cancer patients and survivors. It 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, lymphedema/swelling, and decline in activity tolerance.
An estimated 65-90 % of cancer survivors develop impairments from cancer treatments. Oncology rehab can even help survivors achieve optimal function, well being, and quality of life through lifestyle/home modifications.
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.
“We’re finding that patients can do a lot more than we originally thought they could do, even when they’re on chemotherapy or radiation therapy.”
— Dr. Kerry Courneya from the University of Alberta, National Cancer Institute, “NCI Cancer Bulletin“
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