Oncology Physiotherapy

With the estimation that 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime each of us will likely experience or know someone who is or has been affected by cancer. 

Currently about 2.5 million people are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis in the UK. Cancer and its treatment can take its toll on ones health, function and wellbeing causing physical symptoms, which can include:

  • Cancer related fatigue (CFR)
  • General weakness
  • Reduced balance
  • Reduced mobility
  • Loss of muscle strength & fitness
  • Arthralgia (joint pain)
  • Breathlessness
  • Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones)
  • Weight changes (loss or gain)
  • Urinary and bowel changes
  • Peripheral neuropathy (tingling in hands and feet)
  • Reduced ability to perform everyday activities

These long-lasting symptoms may arise during treatment or even years later: 78% of people experience at least one of these symptoms in the 12 months following.

At Six Physio we want to improve the quality of life of people who are living with or beyond cancer: enabling a return to pre-diagnosis level of function, whether this is returning to ones' daily tasks or competitive sport. 

25% of people living with or beyond cancer have unmet physical or psychological needs but it has been proven that physical activity improves quality of life for cancer patients, regardless of the type or stage of their disease or timing in their treatment pathway.

Benefits of physical activity during or post cancer treatment include:

  • Improves energy levels and reduces fatigue
  • Helps with mood
  • Boosts self esteem
  • Assists in losing weight
  • Assists in managing lymphoedema
  • Reduces risk of lymphoedema
  • Increases muscle bulk and tone
  • Helps prevent/manage bladder and bowel problems
  • Keeps your heart healthy
  • Reduces risk of other health problems e.g. osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes

A specialist oncology physiotherapist is a cancer physiotherapist who has the necessary skill set and knowledge to help those with the physical side effects of cancer or its treatment. Oncology physiotherapy is effective in alleviating some of the distressing symptoms such as fatigue, which debilitates 70%-100% of all cancer patients. Physiotherapy throughout the Breast Cancer pathway is also extremely effective in resolving Axillary Web Syndrome (also known as cording) and reducing post-surgical scar tissue or soft tissue tightness as a result of radiotherapy.

The specialist oncology team are based out of our Chelsea clinic: Megan Oster leads this sensitive, caring service alongside Gemma Harris. If you would like to speak to either of them in confidence then please send an email with your contact details and one of them will get straight back to you.