What is Cancer Rehabilitation?
Cancer and its treatment often cause physical, psychological, and cognitive problems. These problems can make it harder to do daily activities or return to work. They may also have a lasting effect on your health. Cancer rehabilitation can help with these problems, which can happen during and after cancer treatment. The goal of cancer rehabilitation is to:
- Help you stay as active as possible and participate in work, family, and other life roles
- Lessen the side effects and symptoms of the cancer and its treatment
- Help keep you as independent as possible
- Improve your quality of life
Problems cancer rehabilitation can address:
Cancer and cancer treatment can cause many different kinds of physical problems. Cancer rehabilitation can help with many of them, including:
- Weakness and loss of strength
- Range of motion and flexibility issues
- Decreased endurance
- Skin changes from radiation therapy
- Balance issues and fear of falling
- Neuropathy, or numbness and tingling in hands or feet
- Sexual dysfunction
- Problems swallowing
- Problems chewing food
- Difficulty in mouth opening
Mobility problems affect how a person moves around. Cancer rehabilitation can help if you have difficulty in:
- Getting up off the floor
- Getting out of a chair
- Climbing stairs
- Getting dressed
Cognitive problems are related to a person’s mental abilities. Talk with your doctor about cancer rehabilitation if you have:
- Difficulty multitasking
- Difficulty thinking clearly or mental fogginess
- Memory trouble
In Apex Hospital we have a Designated Cancer Rehabilitation Department equipped with all the modern technologies to deal with the side effects arising from the cancer treatment . The Department is run by Dr Dibyendu Roy. He is an Internationally Certified Onco Rehab Therapist from PINC & STEEL Foundation New Zealand and Certified Lymphoedema Therapist from Lymphoedema Training Academy the UK and Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He Worked in Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Medica Superspeciality Hospital, Apollo Cancer Centre Kolkata as a Rehab Consultant. He is working as an International Instructor with Professor Jane Wigg in Various Countries from Lymphoedema Training Academy (UK). He has presented several papers in Various Oncology and Rehabilitation Conferences in India and Overseas. His Case studies were published in the British Lymphology Society Journal in the year 2016. His Research Paper with Head and Neck Cancer Patients was published in the Oral Oncology Journal in the Year 2020.
Cancer Rehab Team
Dr. Dibyendu Roy, BPT, MIAP, MIASM
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