Side effects of cancer treatment

The most popular treatment for cancer is all or a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Some people will leave cancer behind and continue life with few health problems but many will have ongoing, unnecessary physical needs or disability.

Some of the side effects of cancer treatment that physiotherapy can help with include:


  • Range of motion and strengthening exercises of the joints and spine
  • Posture and manual handling advice
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilisations
  • Neural mobilisations
  • Cording release
  • Scar tissue release
  • Restoring continence and sexual function

During treatment

  • Peripheral neuropathy (pins and needles and/or numbness in fingers and toes) caused by chemotherapy
  • Cancer related fatigue – one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment
  • Pain and general wellbeing 
  • Nausea and vomiting - one of the most feared side effects of cancer treatment 
  • Reduced ability to perform everyday activities

After treatment

  • Rehabilitation to get fitness and health back
  • Return to work and sport programme and advice
  • Cancer related fatigue and general wellbeing management
  • Pilates for regaining general core strength and strength of the upper and lower limbs

We want to improve your quality of life.

The specialist oncology team are based out of our Chelsea clinic: Megan & Gemma lead this sensitive, caring service.

If you would like to speak to any of them in confidence then please send an email with your contact details and one of them will get straight back to you. 

For continence or sexual function issues we do have specialist pelvic floor physiotherapists.