Physiotherapy for Oncology Patients
Cancer and its treatment can cause debilitating effects for patients, compromising their function and quality of life. Common impairments include weakness secondary to disease, treatment or muscle atrophy, limited flexibility and range of motion, fatigue and decreased endurance, pain management, impaired balance and scar tissue management after surgery.
Research has shown that physiotherapy both during and after cancer treatment can help speed up functional recovery, boost immune response, reduce fatigue and reduce risk of complications in people of any age. Physiotherapy has been found to be an effective adjunct treatment for most types of cancer, including breast cancer, osteosarcoma, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and several others. Our physiotherapists use the most current research and protocols to inform and guide their practice and have taken specialized courses in the management and treatment of certain cancers.