oncology physiotherapy Wageningen; cancer physiotherapy Wageningen

Oncology physiotherapy at Fysiotherapie Vis

Cancer attacks the body quite viciously and treatment can have a great impact on the patient as well. Oncology physiotherapy relieves movement issues that are the result of cancer or its treatment. The importance of a good physical condition is becoming increasingly clear when dealing with this intense treatment.

What does the oncology physiotherapist do?

The oncology physiotherapy is specifically aimed at the various aspects of the illness. Thanks to an understanding of the illness, the medical treatments and their consequences, the therapist can help relieve you of your complaints. The therapist supports and guides you in a psychosocial sense as well. 

These are the four different stages of cancer for which the physiotherapist will offer guidance:

Curative stage 
Treatment is aimed at combating cancer. The therapist will help to limit and counteract the loss in physical condition and will relieve the tension complaints.

Recovery stage
In this stage, it is all about recovering mobility, quality of life and gaining control again of daily activities. With a special training programme we will enhance the patient's physical condition and we will make sure that they can handle all daily activities again through a balanced set of exercises. After a successful treatment and the patient has been healed, there can be remaining issues such as mobility problems or fatigue. This requires good after-care.

Palliative stage 
This stage starts as soon as the patient is told that recovery is no longer an option and that the treatment is no longer aimed at curing the disease. This stage can last weeks, months and sometimes even years. Here it is the quality of life and the wishes of the patient that determine the treatment of the oncology physiotherapist.

Terminal stage 
When the end of one's life is nearing, therapy is aimed mostly at making the patient as comfortable as possible. For example, the oncology physiotherapist could help in determining the most comfortable position. Breathing exercises could bring relief to tightness of the chest. Relaxation exercises could reduce the pain and fear.