Supporting you with physiotherapy and yoga
ONCOLOGY & PALLIATIVE CARE
A diagnosis of primary cancer, secondary cancer (also known as metastatic or advanced cancer) or a non-malignant palliative illness may, amongst other things, leave you unsure of your body and how to move or exercise safely. Yvonne can guide you and help manage any symptoms that arise from the illness or treatments, using a combination of physiotherapy and yoga. Studies have shown that physical activity, breathing exercises and mindfulness have been shown to have positive effects in reducing some symptoms associated with cancer, and in improving quality of life in those with primary and secondary cancer.
After cancer surgery and discharge from hospital, you may feel stiff and sore, or been told to limit the amount of movement in part of your body. Yvonne can work with you to deal with the after effects of surgery, such as cording, scar healing, decreased range of movement, seroma and give you advice on how to lower the risk of developing lymphoedema. She will also help you restore your physical function or find new ways to do the physical activities that are important to you.
Side effects of cancer treatments
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone blocking treatment can affect people’s bodies in different ways. Some people experience early menopause due to the loss of oestrogen, and others can have symptoms like fatigue, pain, peripheral neuropathy (pins and needles in hands and feet), lymphoedema or feeling out of breath. After a detailed assessment, Yvonne will make a plan with you to help with these symptoms.
Secondary cancer and non-malignant palliative illnesses
Symptoms like joint stiffness, muscle weakness, pins and needles, limited energy, breathlessness, oedema and pain can occur after cancer has spread or in a progressive neuromuscular or respiratory condition. It is also a time when perhaps you are thinking about what is important to you and what plans you may want to make for the future. Yvonne can provide physiotherapy assessment and treatment to help manage the symptoms but also help support you (and your family) as things change, and if you wish, explain the role of palliative care and hospice services as well as other charities and support services that are available.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch before booking an appointment if you have any questions about oncology and palliative care physiotherapy. You are very welcome to bring a family member or friend to the appointment with you. Contact Yvonne on 07896 801 664 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In order for Yvonne to understand each person’s health condition and to be able to treat people safely, she requires copies of clinic letters and scan results from NHS or private healthcare team.
If you are booking an appointment with Yvonne, please ensure you have emailed these through prior to your appointment.