Oncology Physiotherapy

Oncology Physiotherapy

Cancer is a group of diseases that encompass the growth of cells in the body abnormally and this has the capability of spreading to or invading another part of the body.

How does physiotherapy in oncology work?

There are ways that physiotherapists experienced in oncology can help people with cancer.  They will work with the person to help them to be as active as possible and address the common side effect of tiredness by making the exercise programme gradual.  There is some evidence that exercise can help lessen the risk of the cancer coming back.  By regaining strength it can help the person return to activities of daily life and work, hobbies and sport.

There is clinical evidence that physiotherapy and exercise can improve quality of life for people with cancer and can be useful at any stage. Lymphoedema massage and compression advice and exercise to help combat fatigue are particularly useful.

Pain can be a factor and physiotherapists have a number of skills in treatment and advice that can help to reduce the pain.

There are physiotherapists and massage therapists on our team that are also trained in lymphoedema massage who can help reduce any oedema that some patients experience with cancer.

What exercises in oncology physiotherapy are available?

Different exercises are introduced depending on the patient. The aim will be to maintain mobility and strength as much as possible but precautions need to be taken into account when having chemotherapy and exercising, which the physiotherapist will be able to explain.

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Ed Howes qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2012 from the University of East Anglia, in the UK. Having worked in a variety of settings: Outpatients, hospitals, community, accident and emergency, clinics and sporting environments, Ed has... Read More »

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Kelly Ratcliff qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 from University of South Australia. Kelly commenced her career in Australia, working across a broad range of specialities in the private sector, including rehabilitation, neurology, neurosurgery... Read More »

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Stephanie graduated from Kings College London in 2010. She has worked in a wide variety of physiotherapy specialties in various London teaching hospitals including care of the elderly, neurology, respiratory, oncology and musculoskeletal disorders.... Read More »

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Maria graduated in 2007 and has been specializing in Neurophysiotherapy since then. She has started a MSc Biomechanics course and has a strong interest in gait and posture of the Elderly.  Her work includes rehabilitation after injury or surgery,... Read More »

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Abu Ambia qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2009 from St George's University of London. He has worked within the NHS, social services and private sector - specialising in Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedics, Elderly Care and Post-operative... Read More »

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Ivan (M.Ost) qualified from the University College of Osteopathy (formerly the British School of Osteopathy) in London and is a registered osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and the Institute of Osteopathy (IO). Ivan is also a... Read More »

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