What is Cancer Rehabilitation?\nOncology patients have unique health needs throughout treatment and survivorship. But most people don\u2019t realize that physical rehab can be a way to find relief from side effects during their cancer journey.\nPhysical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists provide cancer rehab programs to help you increase strength and build endurance.\nWhile oncologists manage your cancer treatment, rehab therapists can help relieve and treat:\n\n\n\n\n\nBalance problems\nBone health concerns\nTrouble with daily activities\nFatigue\nIncontinence\nJoint pain\n\n\n\n\nMemory problems\nNumbness in hands or feet\nPain\nSwallowing problems\nSwelling\nWalking issues\n\n\n\n\n\nPhysical Therapy for Cancer Patients\nPhysical therapists keep functional goals in mind while they assess your:\n\n\n\n\n\nStrength\nFlexibility\n\n\n\n\nMobility\nEndurance\n\n\n\n\n\nHallie Zeleznik, DPT, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, says:\n\u201cTo reduce pain and fatigue, your physical therapist will work with you to design an exercise program to meet your unique needs. These exercises will help you return to a more active lifestyle.\u201d\nPhysical therapists are also able to help you address other problems such as:\n\n\n\n\n\nBalance and dizzy spells\nLymphedema\n\n\n\n\nPelvic pain\nIncontinence\n\n\n\n\n\nLearn more about oncology rehabilitation at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services or call 1-888-723-4CRS (4277).\nBalance and dizziness\nDuring and after cancer treatment, people commonly report issues with balance, dizziness, and walking.\nPhysical therapists can help you regain your confidence and ability to move around your home and community safely.\n\u00bb Learn more about balance and vestibular rehab.\nLymphedema from cancer\nLymphedema, or swelling, may happen during or even long after cancer treatment. Swelling often occurs in the limbs, trunk, head, and neck.\nLymph vessel blockage or lymph node removal can cause this abnormal collection of fluid in the soft tissues. It can result in pain, tightness, or heaviness.\nPhysical therapists can help reduce swelling and teach you how to manage your condition.\nPelvic pain and incontinence\nScar tissue, muscle spasm, or weakness from cancer treatments can cause some people to have:\n\n\n\n\n\nInternal or external pelvic pain\nSexual issues\n\n\n\n\nBladder or bowel incontinence\n\n\n\n\n\nPhysical therapists can help reduce these symptoms with exercises, gentle myofascial techniques, and education.\nCancer Patients and Occupational Therapy\nOccupational therapists will assess your individual strength, coordination, and endurance that currently hinders your daily routine.\nThey can design a plan to help you manage activities of daily living for your family, in your home, and at work.\nRELATED:\u00a0Integrative Oncology: A Holistic Approach to Cancer Care\nSpeech Therapy for Cancer Patients\nAfter cancer treatment, our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide speech therapy to help you manage symptoms and side effects.\nCognition and Speech\nSLPs will assess and treat:\n\n\n\n\n\nMemory lapses\nProblems concentrating and multitasking\nA sense of disorder\n\n\n\n\nSlower thought processing\nTrouble recalling common words\n\n\n\n\n\nSwallowing issues and cancer\nSLPs can help relieve symptoms of throat and chest cancer treatment, such as:\n\n\n\n\n\nCoughing\nDrooling\n\n\n\n\nA \u201cwet, gurgly\u201d voice\nUnsafe swallowing patterns\n\n\n\n\n\nHallie Zeleznik, DPT, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, explains:\n\u201cBy having an evaluation, we will be able to pinpoint problem areas and decide which types of therapy you\u2019ll need.\u201d\nShe says the goals of oncology rehab are to:\n\nReduce your pain during cancer treatment.\nHelp you get back to your normal daily routine and activities.\nMake sure we’re meeting your nutrition and hydration needs.\n\nLearn more about oncology rehabilitation at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services or call 1-888-723-4CRS (4277).