Oncology rehabilitation includes therapies to help you build strength and endurance, regain independence, reduce stress and maintain energy to participate in daily activities during your cancer treatment and recovery.
Exercise therapy is a safe means of improving your physical function and quality of life during cancer treatment. Regardless of whether or not you exercised regularly prior to your cancer diagnosis, Concord Hospital Rehabilitation Services physical therapists can help you establish an exercise plan you can safely maintain while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment and after your cancer treatment is completed.
What You Can Expect from Evaluation & Treatment
Achieving your goals during and after your cancer treatment is the focus of the physical therapist providing your care. After completing a comprehensive assessment, your therapist will outline treatment strategies, provide a home exercise program, and see you for follow-up visits as needed to ensure your progress is not lost while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Your therapist will also work closely with your oncology team to help you return to your usual activities as soon as possible and learn it's possible to live well during your treatment.
Benefits of Physical Therapy & Exercise During Cancer Treatment
- Keep or improve your physical ability to do things
- Improve your balance and lower your risk of falling
- Keep your muscles from becoming weak due to inactivity
- Lower your risk of other associated illnesses such as heart disease and osteoporosis
- Improve circulation to your legs which lower the risk of blood clots
- Lessen symptoms of fatigue or tiredness
- Reduce nausea
- Improve your quality of life and self-esteem
- Reduce musculoskeletal pain, lymphedema symptoms and mitigate the effects of additional diseases that may occur as a result of cancer