Why cancer rehabilitation?
Cancer treatments give rise to many symptoms and complications - they can manifest themselves after surgery, in the course of your treatments or even manifest themselves years later. Cancer rehabilitation addresses a great number of these very important issues.
Here are some of the benefits and advantages in having cancer rehabilitation:
♦ You will be dealing with a therapist that specializes in cancer rehabilitation who is current in the techniques of lymphatic drainage and massage needed to treat many conditions related to cancer treatments.
♦ You will receive a full assessment of your condition to confirm the right identification - whether it is identification details for lymphedema (primary, secondary, Stage 0 - 3) or a frozen shoulder, etc. Strong emphasis is placed on including all areas of the body that are either: directly involved, are contributing to the problem or a secondary symptom of the problem. (ie: a frozen shoulder or postural/neck issues secondary to a mastectomy, hip and postural issues secondary to an inguinal/groin lymph node ressection)
♦ Measurments of your limb girth will be used as a baseline to record progress throughout your treatments.
♦ You will be supplied with a great deal of up to date information on: prevention, treatment, and management
♦ You will receive continuous self-care and home-exercise programs which will be tailored to you and your stage of rehabilitation
♦ You will have access to many resources available to cancer patients - source of referals for other professionals (naturopath, dieticians, psychologist, psychiatric, etc.), support groups and associations, community exercise programs, cancer specific rehab exercise program, experienced fitters for compression garments, social workers, specialized programs...