Oncology rehabilitation is a type of therapy that helps individuals achieve improved their overall function during and after cancer treatment. Therapists receive specific training to address the unique needs of individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Oncology rehabilitation can help those recovering from most types of cancers, including but not limited to bowel, breast, prostate, leukaemia, multiple myeloma , lymphoma, cervical, bladder, head & neck.
Radiation treatment can cause fatigue, swelling, and hardening of tissues which may create restrictions in motion and poor tolerance to activity. Oncology rehabilitation can help with use of energy conservation techniques, range of motion, endurance exercises, and tissue/muscle mobilization.
Research shows that an exercise routine can help decrease some of the side effects of chemotherapy, including fatigue, joint pain, neuropathy and difficulty sleeping. Cancer Allied Health specialists can assist in developing a safe and appropriate oncology rehab program to help reduce these potential cancer treatment side effects and maximise independence and quality of life.