In the past, people receiving treatment for chronic illnesses like cancer were told to rest. Recent studies have shown that exercise is not only safe during cancer treatment, but can actually improve physical function and quality of life, as well as shorten recovery times. Regular exercise can often help people feel better as they undergo treatment for cancer. Our cancer rehabilitation program is designed to help you maintain your strength and feel good during this difficult time.
Benefits of regular exercise during cancer treatment include:
- Better balance (lower risk of falling)
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Maintains muscle strength and improve physical abilities
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Reduces nausea and physical fatigue
- Decreases risk of osteoporosis
- Increased blood flow, lowering the risk of blood clots
- Increased independence
- Strengthened immune function
- Increased self-esteem
- Improved overall quality of life
What to expect
A physical therapist will meet with you to help you develop an exercise program based on your specific needs and abilities. We also offer speech-language pathology services to help those with speech or swallowing disorders, which often occur with cancer patients — especially those with head and neck cancer. Our program also includes treatment for Lymphedema, a disruption of the lymphatic system that often occurs following cancer treatment. In addition, we offer dietary counseling to help you maintain a healthy diet and control your weight.
To find out more about our Cancer Rehabilitation program or to make an appointment, call us at (435) 251-2250.