Telerehabilitation program improves function, reduces pain among patients with late-stage cancer

A telerehabilitation program improved physical function, pain and quality of life among patients with advanced-stage cancer, according to study results. “Patients with late-stage cancers often lose their functional abilities and, with this loss, have a poorer quality of life and lowered ability to tolerate their cancer treatments,” Andrea L. [...] Click here to view [...]

Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

In this Monday, March 4, 2019, Nancy Simpson, left, speaks with Dr. Allison Magnuson, Geriatric Oncology and Breast Oncology at Wilmot Cancer Institute, at the Pluta Cancer Center in Rochester, N.Y. Simpson, 80, says she “wanted to do the maximum I could handle” to fight her disease. (AP Photo/Adrian [...] Click here to view [...]

Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase. It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that’s starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead [...] Click here to view [...]

Cancer Leads Athlete To Tough Choice

BrittLee Bowman competes during a recent cyclecross race. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced a decision on how to treat it. BrittLee Bowman had a huge decision to make as she lined up at an elite cyclocross race. Cyclocross is a sport that throws obstacles at you, [...] Click here to view [...]

Caring for Yourself During Chemotherapy: How to Manage Dry Skin & Brittle Nails

Chemotherapy can be effective treatment for cancer but may also cause physical side effects that may be uncomfortable and affect your appearance. These side effects, however, are manageable. Both chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause dry skin. Management of dry skin includes using moisturizer, avoiding things that make the [...] Click here to view [...]

Cancer Patients’ and Occupational Therapy

The aims of the study were to identify cancer patients’ need for occupational therapy by (a) describing their and their physicians’ perceptions of the former’s needs (b) exploring whether patients and physicians agree on the patient’s need for occupational therapy, and (c) identifying the factors related to the physicians’ and the patients’ perceptions of [...]

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga breathing?

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga breathing? By Naomi Aaronson and Ann Marie Turo As an Occupational Therapist, many patients come to me who are in pain and are suffering from a variety of issues including breast cancer, repetitive stress injuries, musculoskeletal problems, and back pain. I use both Yoga and Pilates in [...]

Axillary Web Syndrome, A Complication of Breast Cancer: What the Orthopaedic Physical Therapist Needs to Know

Background & Purpose: One particular group of people accessing physical therapy services, and whose numbers are steadily increasing, are breast cancer survivors. Axillary web syndrome (AWS) is one complication of breast cancer treatment that can be easily misdiagnosed without an understanding of breast cancer treatment and its effects on the musculoskeletal and lymphatic systems. [...]

Hatha Yoga for Patients With Cancer

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and is based on the collective experiences of yoga practitioners over time. Western countries and sophisticated medical facilities use this practice as a complementary therapy with standard medical treatments. Yoga has been shown to improve quality of life. Several types of yoga potentially can benefit [...]

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