How physiotherapy can help cancer patients?
Physiotherapy is an independent specialty that is concerned with medical treatment, supervision, and recovery. Such principles extend to the treatment of cancer patients in all phases of care and recovery, from diagnosis to the end of life. Physiotherapists perform regular assessment of the needs of this group of patients and their caregivers in order to apply professional strategies essential to the independence, functional ability and quality of life of patients. The physiotherapist 's position as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team is vital to the effective recovery and treatment of cancer patients and palliative care needs. The lack of physiotherapy activity will affect patient care and the patient / family's ability to cope with the impact of the disease or its treatment on its functional potential and quality of life.1
Cancer and its various treatments are associated with a wide variety of distressing physical and psychological effects, which may affect patients for years after treatment has finished. Exercising will improve the quality of life for patients with cancer regardless of the form and stage of their illness. Inclusion of exercise driven by physiotherapy within cancer pathways can reduce and prevent impairment. Specialist physiotherapy may also relieve distressing symptoms such as lymphoedema and tiredness, which weakens 75-95% of all patients with cancer.