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Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer treatment has potential side effects whether they are musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, or psychological.  Treatment has the potential risk to cause limitation in movement, lymphedema, scar tissue or fibrosis, musculoskeletal dysfunction, generalized weakness or decreased cardiovascular fitness, impair normal daily functional activities or compromise physical safety such as increased risk of falls with peripheral neuropathy in the feet.  The more extensive the procedures or treatment, the higher the risk for these problems.  Many of these side effects can be modulated or improved with physical or occupational therapy.Physical activity is safe and recommended both during and after cancer treatment.  Exercise may need to be adjusted or modified based on the treatment being received and its side effects, but it is strongly encourage that patients participate in a regular exercise program.  It has been sown to significantly reduce fatigue, improved quality of life, aerobic fitness and muscular strength and help maintain function.  It has also been shown to positively affect body size, bone heath, sleep, depression, anxiety, lymphedema and flexibility. Areas that will be covered in greater depth include: