With many cancer treatments lasting months up to years in some cases, people may become deconditioned and have difficulty returning to their normal activities. Recent evidence has shown significant improvements in outcomes of patients who are physically active both during and after cancer treatment.
- 70% of people who have cancer have at least one other long term condition (Macmillan)
- Rehabilitation programmes are provided for other chronic conditions, e.g. CHD, diabetes, COPD, have been shown to be effective (Hoffman et al. 2016)
- A Nuffield Trust evaluation (2014) showed that 15 months after diagnosis, compared to a population of the same age/gender, people with cancer had:
- 60% more A&E attendances,
- 97% more emergency admissions
- 50% more primary care contacts
Cancer Rehab service
Enhancing people’s physical rehabilitation aims to improve these statistics. Here at Total Physio, Aoife is leading our Cancer Rehab service. The aim of the service is to assess an individual patients’ needs while awaiting treatment, during treatment or after completion of treatment, and devise an appropriate, individualised programmes to help improve health and functional ability to improve movement and ability to stay active.
Group exercise classes for cancer survivors will be starting in 2019.
Please call us now if you would like more information.
Benefits of Physical Activity during or after treatment:
- Improves balance
- Improves joint mobility
- Improves muscular strength and function
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves bone density
- Assist weight control
- Will make your body stronger
- Reduces fatigue
- May reduce pain