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CancerSmart ™ Rehab

CancerSmart ™ Rehab

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We are pleased to announce that Pickering Physiotherapy Institute has recently introduced a new program for patients living with cancer.

Developed by the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation in response to growing research indicating the importance of physical activity during all stages of the cancer journey, the CancerSmart™ Rehab program is available to patients with all cancers at all stages of treatment. Specifically, research shows that exercise can help patients with:

  • Better tolerance of treatment
  • Maintaining strength
  • Reducing fatigue
  • Improving physical function
  • Improving immune system function
  • Reducing depression and anxiety
  • Regulating bowel movements
  • Improving appetite
  • Improving sleep
  • Improving bone health
  • Reducing risk of co-morbidities
  • Reducing chronic treatment-related side-effects
  • Improving cancer survival

Through the Pickering CancerSmart™ Rehab program cancer patients work with physiotherapists and highly trained cancer rehabilitation specialists to develop unique exercise plans designed for their individualized fitness needs. Many program participants find that the group environment through which the program is delivered provides an important element of peer support.

Recent medical research clearly indicates that exercise therapy is an important tool in the recuperative process for cancer patients. To date research has focused on patients with breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. The research shows that exercise therapy is beneficial before, during and after treatment. Specifically cancer exercise therapy has been shown to:

  • Reduce the risk of cancer reoccurrence
  • Manage symptoms (e.g. pain, nausea, fatigue)
  • Improve treatment compliance (patients who exercise are more likely to complete treatment without interruption)
  • Improve emotional well-being and quality of life.

exercise can help patients to prepare for treatment.

  • Exercise during treatment can help to reduce symptoms and side-effects of treatment.
  • Exercise is one of the most important tools for self-care post-treatment.

before treatment.

Exercise can help to prepare for cancer treatment by improving fitness levels resulting in:

  • Better tolerance of treatments
  • Increased ability to proceed with difficult treatments
  • Reduction in treatment complications
  • Reduction in the duration of hospitalization
  • Better maintenance of strength levels, even after long periods of bed rest
  • Shorter recovery times

during treatment.

Staying active during treatment can help to:

  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve physical function
  • Improve immune system function
  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Regulate bowel movements
  • Improve appetite
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve bone health

after treatment.

The research around exercise after cancer treatment is very positive and shows that rehabilitative exercise plays an important role in achieving the most complete recovery possible. An active lifestyle after treatment can help with:

  • Physical functioning
  • Fatigue
  • Bone density
  • Immune factors
  • Reduced risk of co-morbidities
  • Reduce chronic treatment-related side-effects
  • Improved survival

the research is clear.

Cancer exercise is an important tool in the recuperative process for cancer patients.

  • Research has shown that exercise can decrease mortality for patients with non-metastatic colorectal cancer, and women with hormone-responsive breast cancer tumours.
  • Exercise has been shown to reduce fatigue in men with prostate cancer and women with breast cancer. Women with breast cancer have also reported a decrease in nausea
  • Exercise can increase a patient’s level of physical fitness and ability to cope with anxiety and stress. Exercise improves body composition and decreases body fat; improves bone mineral density; increases functional capacity, muscle mass and strength.
  • Patients who exercise have reported an improved mood, sense of control and overall improved quality of life.
  • Exercise can help patients to prepare for treatment.
  • Exercise during treatment can help to reduce symptoms and side-effects of treatment.
  • Exercise is one of the most important tools for self-care post-treatment.

find out more

For further information, please contact us at service@pickeringphysio.ca or (905) 492-7375.