Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
Cancer can cause functional alterations. Patients sometimes need to undertake specific actions to recover the deficits produced or minimise the damages caused by the disease. Some treatments can also cause toxic effects that may result in the loss of certain organic abilities.
As such, altered respiratory function caused by cancer or certain treatments, such as radiotherapy to the thorax or drugs that could cause lung inflammation (lymphangitis) can require care from physiotherapy specialists who help the patient recover lost or impaired functions.
Some surgical interventions can also affect the patient's functional capacities. For example, a thoracotomy (surgical intervention that opens the chest cavity) will alter the patient's respiratory function, which is conditioned by the aggression to muscles, bones and tendons in the area. Appropriate physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques help our patients return to normality as soon as possible.
We also resort to help from our physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists when brain tumours cause brain or spinal cord injuries. Neurological rehabilitation can require months of hard work. Our physiotherapy and rehabilitation specialists will accompany you every step of the way to help recover lost functions.
Genitourinary or pelvic floor disorders can cause urinary and faecal incontinence affecting patient's quality of life. Breast cancer interventions can restrict shoulder movement or lymphedema can appear as a side effect from treatment. Appropriate physiotherapy, prevention and rehabilitation techniques help our patients return to normality as soon as possible.
Our team works with highly qualified professionals who specialise in rehabilitation and treating lymphedema situations, caused by interventions that involve a lymphadenectomy or lymph node radiation, as occurs in some cases of breast cancer and endometrial cancer. In these cases, preventative action following advice from experienced physiotherapists, such as those who form part of our team, and active therapies, in cases when lymphedema is determined, will be extremely important in improving the life quality of our patients.