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Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care of individuals who have cancer. At, our specialist physiotherapists can help individuals recover from cancer by minimising symptoms, increasing mobility and improving overall quality of life.

Types of oncology

A medical professional who practices oncology is called an oncologist. Oncologists can specialise in different areas of cancer care, for example a radiation oncologist focuses on using radiotherapy as a treatment tool. A gynaecologic oncologist specialises in cancer that affects the female reproductive system and a surgical oncologist uses surgery to remove tumours.

Diagnosis of ontological conditions

Methods to aid diagnosis of cancer include biopsy, endoscopy, scans and blood tests. A biopsy allows detailed analysis of soft tissue under a microscope and this is essential for identification of cancer. Following computed tomography (CT) scan, medical staff can decide the best possible route of treatment and whether it is possible to surgically remove the tumour.

Low impact upper limb and core mobility exercises supervised by a specilaist physiotherapistAbove: Low impact upper limb and core mobility exercises supervised by a specilaist physiotherapist

Symptoms of ontological conditions

Fatigue, unexplained weight loss, fever, excessive sweating and anaemia are symptoms often described by an individual prior to a diagnosis of an ontological condition.

Treatment of ontological conditions

Treatment of cancer is dependent upon the nature of the tumour. Medically, treatment options include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, hormone manipulation and pain relief. The risks and implications of having or not having treatment will be discussed with you in detail by a specialist oncologist.

Physiotherapy for ontological conditions

Whether you decide to accept or decline treatment of cancer, it is likely that you will need physiotherapy at some stage in your rehabilitation. Physiotherapy can help you become strong enough for surgery or radiation therapy. Similarly, it can help you recover from surgery or radiation therapy to help you get back to your previous level of function, ability and mobility. Physiotherapists also work in palliative care to maintain comfort and dignity of the individual during the end stages of cancer.

Your physiotherapist will carry out a thorough physical assessment of your symptoms and main problems areas. The findings of the assessment will be discussed and you will have the opportunity to set some specific goals to achieve during your therapy sessions. The goals will be different for every individual and will be achievable in both the short and long term. Your physiotherapy treatment plan will be based on your problems and the goals set during the assessment. This may include: Your physiotherapist will provide you with an exercise program which has been individually tailored to your needs. This may include breathing exercises, lymphatic massage, stretches and muscle strengthening exercises. Your physiotherapist will focus on improving your ability to carry out functional everyday activities for example using cutlery, getting dressed, putting your shoes on, walking and stairs. Physiotherapy has several functional, physical, emotional and cognitive benefits. Some of the benefits of physiotherapy include:
  • Reduction in pain and swelling
  • Maintain range of movement at joints and soft tissue
  • Maintain comfort, privacy and dignity
  • Increased mobility and ability to move around
  • Increased independence with functional tasks
  • Increased muscle strength, balance and co-ordination
  • Increased exercise tolerance and stamina
  • Try new aids and equipment that make functional activities easier
  • Learn exercises to do in your own time
  • Learn how to cope with fatigue
  • Decreased risk of secondary complications

Why for ontological condition

At we understand the problems and difficulties an individual can face due to cancer. Our specialist physiotherapists can provide expert treatment to minimise symptoms and maximise function and quality of life.
  • Physiotherapy at any stage of cancer
  • Physiotherapy alongside medical treatment for cancer
  • Experienced, professional physiotherapists
  • One to one or family/carers present during treatment
  • Treatment at home, in clinic, gym or 24 hour care facility
  • No waiting lists
  • Flexible appointment times
  • Holistic care and liaison with all health professionals involved
Physiotherapy is essential for all individuals who are having physical problems as a result of cancer. At, we can help at any stage of your condition and are committed to providing a high standard of evidence based treatment. Physiotherapy sessions can be provided at a location that is convenient and suitable for the individual. Treatment may take place in your home, local gym, at one of our clinic locations or in our hydrotherapy pool. To book an appointment or discuss the benefits of physiotherapy for an individual with cancer, please contact us now on 0330 088 7800. You can also use online booking to make an appointment with us today!

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