|Oncology & Palliative Care|
Did you know...?
That Chartered Physiotherapists also work with cancer patients to help them deal with various aspects of the disease?
That a Chartered Physiotherapist can help with advice and exercises after breast cancer surgery?
That some Chartered Physiotherapists offer specialist treatment for lymphoedema?
That Chartered Physiotherapists also work in palliative care settings around the country.
Physiotherapy and Oncology & Palliative Care
The CPOPC represents Chartered Physiotherapists working in the areas of Cancer and Palliative care.
Physiotherapy has a key role to play in the management of patients throughout the cancer journey, from diagnosis through to the end stages of the disease. Within the context of cancer, the primary goal of rehabilitation is to assist the patient in achieving maximum physical, psychological and vocational functioning within the limits imposed by disease or treatment.
Physiotherapeutic interventions for people with cancer will include use of: neurological rehabilitation, respiratory care, electrotherapy, pain control, provision of aids and equipment, complete decongestive therapy (for lymphoedema), education of patient and carer(s), exercise therapy to improve flexibility, strength and function.
Physiotherapy is also important after cancer-related breast surgery and reconstruction. The Chartered Physiotherapist can show you exercises to do after your surgery, and advise you on what restrictions there may be on your movement and function for the days and weeks following the surgery.
Using the full range of physiotherapy skills, Chartered Physiotherapists working in palliative care treat not only advanced cancer patients, but also those suffering from many other life limiting conditions such as motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, other progressive neurological conditions, respiratory conditions and dementia.
Treatment focuses on maximising quality of life and control of illness associated symptoms.