Cancer Rehab Melbourne is Melbourne’s first and only dedicated multi-disciplinary outpatient cancer clinic. Our focus is helping people recover after cancer.
ONCOLOGY OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Oncology Occupational Therapists address the side effects of cancer and its treatment that interfere with daily life. This can include
- Cancer fatigue management
- Preparing to return to work, or changing vocational circumstances
- Adjusting to changed physical, emotional and social functioning
- Impairments with memory, planning, processing (chemo-brain)
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Goal setting and prioritising
ONCOLOGY EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
Trying to restart an exercise routine or begin one is particularly difficult during and after cancer treatment. It may be the last thing on your mind as you deal with a myriad of other issues. There is very strong evidence that exercise is safe during and after cancer treatment and that it improves reduces cancer related fatigue, improves cardiovascular fitness, strength and overall health. Evidence from clinical studies indicates that exercise can improve body composition and quality of life, while reducing fatigue, depression and anxiety. Our exercise physiologist have many years’ experience at all cancer stages, with all cancer types while carefully considering each individual persons goals.
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.