What can you expect from cancer rehab?

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017
man getting rehab and physiotherapy

Cancer patients need a plan to help them get back to work. If you have completed cancer treatment and want to improve your abilities so you can return to work and leisure activities, you may find that a cancer rehab program can help.

Here are a few things that you can expect on your first visit:

What is an assessment?

You will be assessed by a physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist on your first visit. Your functional status may also be assessed by a kinesiologist, testing for your ability to do things such as lifting, walking, squatting etc. From this information, together with your input, the rehab team will make recommendations and prepare an individualized treatment plan based on your needs.  

What should you bring to your first appointment?

We recommend that you dress in comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in, and bring running shoes and a water bottle if possible. Since some clients feel more comfortable using their own mats, so you can also bring your own yoga mat if desired.

woman receiving compassionate cancer care

What’s involved in a typical treatment program?

Your treatment sessions will likely vary in length, and your therapist will advise you of this after the first visit. Often sessions become longer as you are able to tolerate more exercise/work conditioning. Although treatment varies for each individual based on their goals, some of the more common type of treatment for cancer rehab may include:

• Exercise

• Work conditioning

• Manual therapy

• Cognitive behavioural therapy

• Lymphedema management

• Acupuncture

• Education and coping strategies

• Techniques to reduce dizziness or vertigo

• Pelvic floor treatment

Client-centered, active rehabilitation and empowerment are the guiding principles of the program that is now offered at many Lifemark clinics.

Client-centered – individualized, evidence-based care provided in your community

Active – increasing your physical activity will have the biggest impact on your recovery

Rehabilitation – includes a multi-disciplinary team of rehab professionals

Empowerment – providing you with the tools you need to regain control of your life

For more information: www.lifemark.ca/services/cancer-rehab

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