6. Improving your ability to beat the cancer and prevent relapse
Evidence continues to emerge that physiotherapy and especially exercise therapy can lower the risk of death due to cancer by significant proportions, depending on the type and stage of cancer. As an example, 3 hours per week of moderate intensity physical activity (that your cancer physiotherapist can help you attain) after diagnosis of colon cancer gives a 50-63% reduction in the risk of total death and 39-59% reduction in death due to colon cancer6.
Even more, evidence suggests that by increasing physical activity you can decrease your risk of death due to relapse by up to 40%! Specifically, research shows a decreased risk of lung cancer by 20%, breast cancer 20-80%, colon cancer 30-50% and prostate cancer 70%. Yet only 19-30% of cancer patients are physically active – a figure that does not match with these clear benefits. If any drug gave such benefits, everyone would be taking it!
Other important benefits of cancer physiotherapy include:
- Improving overall conditioning and increasing your physical stamina to not only improve quality of life during cancer treatments but to optimise your physical and functional recovery, improve muscle tone and body composition, improve mental health, motivate and encourage good habits for life
- Improve your ability to directly recover from surgery (from providing a pre-op treatment plan to improve factors that may affect your recovery to post surgical exercises, soft tissue mobilisations and scar management)
- Improving general wellbeing and reducing other side effects during cancer treatments
- Improving abdominal strength and spinal stability through functional and Pilates style exercises to improve posture, strength and attain your goals
- Individualised recovery – dependent on your physical condition, healing time frames, type of surgery and cancer involved, courses of adjuvant treatments and other individual factors
- Improve your quality of life to enable you to live as fully and actively as possible – returning YOU to YOU and beyond
- AND MORE!
There are many things that you cannot control with cancer but your cancer physiotherapist is ready to help you take control of what you can. Let’s get moving towards a healthier you – improving your quality of this wonderful life! We want to get you thriving, not just surviving!
Call Orion Family Physiotherapy on 3470 1203 to make an appointment with Elle (our PINC certified cancer physiotherapist) today.
2 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4031191/ Pain in Cancer Survivors
4 – National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre
5 – Berger AM, Gerber LH, Mayer DK. Cancer-related fatigue: implications for breast cancer survivors. Cancer. 2012; 118(suppl 8): 2261-2269.
6 – Meyerhardt JA et al 2006. Physical Activity and Survival After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24, 3527-3534 AND Meyerhardt JA et al 2006. Impact of Physical Activity on Cancer Recurrence and Survival in Patients with Stage III Colon Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24, 3535-3541.