Cancer treatments are rigorous and can take a toll on your body. If you feel tired all the time, don’t worry you are not alone! Cancer-related fatigue is the number one complaint of cancer patients, from 78% to 96% of those undergoing treatment (CRF).
At Hands of Hope NY , we customize a physical therapy program to help you become as independent as possible. Anyone who has signs and symptoms of pain or loss of function would benefit from an individualized physical therapy program.
Our physical therapists in New York provide specialized therapeutic services that address the needs of patients with CRF. Therapy sessions last about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the patient’s tolerance. The average number of physical therapy visits per week is between 2 to 3 sessions. Physical therapy is concurrent with cancer therapy and may last throughout the entire treatment phase. Most CRF programs require a thorough assessment of physical therapy, and a team approach with your physician is maintained. We here at Hands of Hope NY are waiting to work with you and will support you on your recovery journey.
From a physical therapy perspective, one of the main reasons for helping cancer patients comes from seeing patients with pain problems going through chemotherapy and radiation. Looking at what was offered in the community, nobody seemed to be addressing cancer patients’ symptoms of fatigue and pain, once medical treatment had been completed. So Hands of Hope NY has developed a program for cancer patients looking for hope and recovery.
Previous advice for cancer patients was often to get more rest and avoid activities which are physically challenging. Recent studies have shown that exercise and physiotherapy have shown to be effective in preventing or reducing CRF.
No adverse reactions from exercise have been reported. Identified as “notably underused,” exercise and physiotherapy are one of the few interventions suggested to reduce CRF and other psychosocial symptoms.
If you’re struggling to regain your strength and endurance, talk to one of our physical therapists and see if they can offer a cancer-related fatigue program which can help you get back to doing the things you enjoy