At Cancer Centre London, we understand that cancer and treatment for cancer can have a variety of physical side effects, and that these side effects and changes can be bewildering and difficult to adjust to. To help our patients with this, we have a dedicated physiotherapist based at the Cancer Centre London to assist patients through their cancer treatment journey and to help them begin to regain their physical strength and mobility.
The service provides support for cancer related symptoms (such as pain, weakness, stiffness, respiratory problems and general treatment fatigue) and aims to empower patients through various activity programmes to regain and maintain a balanced lifestyle and help them with the process of integration back into their everyday life, including advice for getting back to work.
The physiotherapist at Cancer Centre London offers a variety of different types of physiotherapy, including:
- Individual treatments for musculoskeletal or orthopaedic related problems, as well as exercise programmes and stretches for weakness, stiffness, pain and general wellbeing.
- Fatigue management sessions, to help patients optimise and manage the energy they have available. Specialist advice and energy conservation techniques as well as graded exercise programmes are available from our cancer physiotherapist and occupational therapist.
The physiotherapy department also offers a variety of other treatments and services to patients at Cancer Centre London, including:
- Haemato-Oncology Exercise Classes, which are designed to help patients with blood cancers to develop a ‘return to fitness’ strategy. The classes provide a mixture of heart and muscle strengthening exercises in a safe environment where patients are closely monitored by a qualified physiotherapist.
- Acupuncture, which is the ancient Oriental practice of using needles to threat various illnesses and symptoms. At CCL, acupuncture is offered for various musculoskeletal problems, menopause or hormonal symptoms as well as general well-being.
- Pilates Classes, which are designed to improve posture and core strength after surgery, and to help the patient to regain further strength and flexibility during and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy. CCL also offers a specialised Pilates for Bone Health Class to promote and support bone health for patients diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia or who have a high risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Hydrotherapy, during which patients are given a form of physiotherapy in the heated pool at Parkside Hospital, just a few doors along from Cancer Centre London. The hydrostatic pressure of the water is very beneficial in managing swelling and lymphoedema symptoms; and exercises in the water strengthen muscles without overloading the joints and bones.
Cancer Centre London also provides specialised physiotherapy for patients with breast cancer. For more information please click here.