Should you Consider our Cancer Recovery Program?
The number one complaint of cancer patients, affecting 78% to 96% of those undergoing treatment, is cancer related fatigue(CRF). Our goal in Physical Therapy is to help you become as independent as possible. Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms of pain or loss of function would benefit from an individualized physical therapy program.
We can help you recover from:
» Chronic pain
» Leg pain
» Shortness of breath after light activity
» Difficulty walking short distances
» Difficulty performing daily tasks
» Extreme weariness and tiredness
» Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
What to Expect from Cancer Recovery Program
Our licensed Physical Therapists provide specialized therapeutic services that address the needs of CRF patients. Therapy sessions last approximately thirty minutes to one hour, depending on the patient’s tolerance. The average number of visits per week is 2-3. The physical therapy program is concurrent with the cancer therapy and may last throughout the entire treatment phase. Our program requires a thorough physical therapy evaluation and a team approach with your physician is maintained.
We take a stepping stone approach towards your recovery.
» Address pain—which in turn can alleviate fatigue
» Use non-drug based treatments such as physical modalities:
• Soft tissue & joint mobilization
» Coach patient on how to exercise
» Alleviate musculoskeletal dysfunction
» Improve posture
» Combat effects of bed rest
» Help to maintain muscle strength and flexibility, and restore muscle balance
» Help to decrease depression by increasing endorphins
» Improve balance
» Improve endurance
» Core body strengthening
The Motivation Behind our Cancer Recovery Program
Our interest in treating cancer patients comes from seeing patients for pain problems who were S/P cancer and chemo/radiation. When asked about their the post-treatment care, they said that either; there was none provided, or that they got a few sessions with a lymphedema nurse. Their fatigue and pain symptoms were not addressed.
In looking at what was offered in the community (with the exception of the lymphedema nurse) there appeared to be no one addressing the cancer patients—once medical treatment had been completed.
Previous advice for cancer patients was often to get more rest and avoid activities that are physically challenging. Recent studies have shown that exercise was found to be effective in preventing or reducing CRF. No adverse affects from exercising have been reported. “Identified as remarkably under utilized, exercise is one of the few interventions suggested to diminish CRF and other psychosocial symptoms. The positive affect of exercise on CRF should underscore the need for physical therapists
involvement in the rehab of patients with cancer.
1. ___ My motivation is lower when I am fatigued
2. ___ Exercise brings on my fatigue
3. ___ I am easily fatigued
4. ___ Fatigue interferes with my functioning.
5. ___ Fatigue causes frequent problems for me.
6. ___ Fatigue prevents sustained functioning.
7. ___ Fatigue interferes with carrying out certain33
duties and responsibilities
8. ___ Fatigue is 1 of my 3 top disabling symptoms
9. ___ Fatigue interferes with all phases of life.
Add all nine question scores together. If you have a history of cancer and your total is greater than 36 you may suffer from cancer-related fatigue.