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Physical Therapy Helps Cancer Patients Lead More Comfortable Lives

December 17, 2019

It is estimated that nearly 75 percent of cancer survivors experience cancer-related fatigue and are impacted by significant disabilities and difficulties in their day-to-day lives.

Some of the most common problems include falls and balance problems, difficulty walking, weakness and fatigue, lymphedema, pain and numbness. The good news is that physical therapists have many tools available to help relieve some of these uncomfortable side effects and symptoms. At Bethlehem Rehabilitation Specialists (BRS), A Service of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, therapists strive to minimize the common side effects of cancer treatments using therapeutic interventions, including exercise, balance facilitation and conditioning programs.

BRS therapists Harold Millman and Brigid Gallagher have been awarded the STAR Clinician Certification, a nationally recognized cancer survivorship certification developed by Oncology Rehab Partners with a focus on rehabilitation centers that specialize in the physical and emotional healing of cancer survivors. STAR Clinician Certification was designed to enhance a clinician’s current expertise, provide a thorough understanding of the unique rehabilitation needs of cancer survivors and develop new skills to help patients increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and well-being.

When is the right time for a cancer patient to begin rehabilitation?

  • When the patient is currently undergoing treatment, physical therapy can help minimize unwanted side effects,
  • When the patient has completed cancer treatments, physical therapy can help increase energy,
  • When the patient is living with chronic side effects, physical therapy can help restore stamina, strength and mobility

All patients have the ability to improve their physical function and emotional well-being.

Cancer patients and survivors deserve the best possible care, which includes help functioning at the highest level possible.

For more information on cancer rehabilitation treatments and physical therapy: call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).