What is Oncology (Cancer) Rehabilitation?

It is a comprehensive program which includes one or combination of therapeutic treatments: physical therapy, aerobic exercise, strength training, lymphedema management, manual therapy, massage and psychological counselling.

It is focused to help the cancer patient recover quickly and safely from the physical, functional and psychological impairments with the goal to improve their quality of life.  

The program is tailor made for each individual patient according to their specific needs.

Who would benefit from it?

It can benefit you at any stage of cancer treatment (Unless advised by your doctor otherwise)

  • Before or after surgery
  • During or after radiation therapy
  • During or after chemotherapy
  • During or after any other cancer treatment

There are many of the impairments or side effects that may result from cancer itself or its treatment. Our program is aimed at relieving one or more of the following problems:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Joint or muscle Pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tightness of tissues
  • Anxiety or Stress
  • Overall deconditioning or reduced stamina
  • Swelling
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Balance problems
  • Neurological problems

If you don’t see your problem or condition listed here, speak to our physiotherapist to find our if they will be able to help you.

How it may help?

Research studies by American Cancer Society and American College of Sports Medicine have shown that physical exercises help to improve the quality of life in cancer patients by positively influencing physical, functional and psychosocial well-being. Exercises also reduce perception of fatigue which is a major concern related to cancer therapy. In addition, regular exercises may improve effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy.

What kind of therapies are included in the program?

  1. Physical therapy exercises
  2. Manual Therapy
  3. Conditioning exercise
  4. Strength training
  5. Education on Lifestyle Modification
  6. Lymphoedema Management / Complete Decongestion Therapy
  7. Massage
  8. Psychological Counselling



Depending on the physiotherapist’s assessment, other services and clinicians will be added to your program of care.

What if Lymphoedema Management?

Some patients develop swelling on to their arm, legs or trunk region after surgery or radiation therapy.

Lymphoedema management is also known as complete decongestion therapy. Depending on the extent and severity of the swelling the therapist decides to use one or more of the following techniques:

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massage
  • Exercise to improve lymphatic drainage
  • Multi-layer Lymphoedema Bandaging
  • Intermittent Compression
  • Compression garments