Cancer Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Cancer physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians provide ongoing evaluation, medicinal treatment and therapy for the causes of symptoms which impact a person’s function or ability to perform their usual daily activities such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, walking, doing household chores and working.
As you go through cancer treatments, your body can be impacted by those treatments. It is best to have a full evaluation by a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist when you start your cancer treatments, so that you have someone who knows your baseline function and will help you with preventing disability, monitoring your body changes, and treating your symptoms as you receive treatment.
Cancer related impairments that can be helped with physical medicine and rehabilitation include:
- Muscle weakness (myopathy)
- Muscle tightness (spasticity)
- Tingling, burning, loss of feeling from nerve damage due to chemotherapy (peripheral neuropathy)
- Gait instability
- Daily activities such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, walking, working & household chores
- Decreased coordination
- The loss of muscle tone and endurance (deconditioning)
- Joint dysfunction such as stiffness, swelling, pain
- Cognitive dysfunction such issues with learning, memory, perception, and problem solving
- Vocal cord dysfunction
- Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing (dysphagia)
- Difficulty or unclear articulation (dysarthria)
- Anxiety /Depression (indirect effect)
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