Why is Cancer Rehabilitation Important?

by Lorna Golombick | Sep 30, 2014

No hospital sends a stroke patient home without a detailed plan to help them regain as much of their normal functioning as possible. Yet cancer patients are routinely released with minimal or no guidance on how to deal with the impairments that may linger after their treatment is done.

Research shows that cancer rehabilitation can help people reduce disability and improve their functioning, yet too few cancer patients get such care.

What are the PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Programs?

The PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Programs are specialised programs dedicated to improving the strength, quality of life and sense of wellbeing of men and women diagnosed with cancer. They have been developed as individualised, exercise-based cancer rehabilitation programs, which directly address factors that facilitate long-term engagement in physical activity for cancer survivors. These programs are delivered by certified physiotherapists and provide a full range of services designed to support and guide men and women through every stage of their treatment and recovery.

The programs are suitable after any type of cancer surgery or treatment and accommodates all ages, fitness levels and mobility. The programs are chronologically formatted into 3 phases. The timing of each phase is dependent upon the patient’s physical condition, the length of the healing process, the type of surgery involved and the course of adjuvant treatments. The 3 phases include; the Post Op Phase, the Recovery Phase and the Fitness Phase.

Services include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Musculoskeletal and functional assessments
  • Scar management
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Pelvic floor retraining
  • Strength and conditioning training
  • Breathing technique and education
  • Individualised clinical pilates
  • Fatigue management
  • Exercise prescription
  • Integration into exercise classes, gym or sport

We offer both of these programs at Lime Physical Therapy. If you have any further questions please contact us on 07 3188 9308.


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