Cancer survivors face many challenges, both during and after treatment. Rehabilitation can help patients maintain physical well-being and functional independence, as well as reduce pain and discomfort during cancer treatments.
Helping Cancer Patients Manage Challenges
After treatment is completed, physical therapy at Good Samaritan Hospital focuses on helping patients regain function, improve strength, and decrease fatigue. Lymphedema prevention and management is also available. Patients are monitored and supervised throughout the rehabilitation process.
We can help cancer patients manage the following:
- Physical well-being after cancer
- Impaired mobility, deconditioning, weakness, and loss of flexibility
- Energy management issues, including cancer-related fatigue
- Chemotherapy-related side effects, including neuropathy, gait (walking) abnormality, and balance problems
Cancer-related fatigue is defined as a persistent, subjective sense of tiredness related to cancer or to cancer treatment that interferes with daily activities. Patients may experience generalized weakness, poor concentration or attention, decreased motivation, and difficulty sleeping.
Patients may feel unrefreshed upon waking, or sleep may not be restorative. Other issues may include problems with short-term memory, difficulty completing daily tasks (dressing, bathing, housework, etc.), and fatigue lasting several hours after exertion.
At Good Samaritan Hospital, our specific interventions include:
- Mobility training
- Increasing muscle strength and stamina
- Range of motion exercises
- Stretching of radiated joints and tissues/post-radiation fibrosis
- Scar management
- Reduction of pain and prevention of muscular pain syndromes
- Equipment recommendations
- Balance and coordination
- Fall prevention
- Energy conservation
- Sleep hygiene
- Endurance training
- Lymphedema management
Preparing for Oncology Rehabilitation
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Content Updated: December 5, 2014