At Kitsap Physical Therapy, we have therapists who are trained in evidence-based protocols for cancer rehabilitation management, offering location preference and convenience for patients.
Treatment for cancers of many types can lead to short and long-term issues related to surgery and the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Physical therapy aims to address these problems with education, rehabilitation, exercise, and emotional support.
Our goal is to improve our patient’s quality of life for the months and years after a cancer diagnosis.
Common Issues We Treat
- Fatigue and weakness
- Falls and balance
- Pain and neuropathy
- Stiff joint motion
- Stiff skin, scars, and soft tissue mobility
- Lymphedema (swelling)
- Axillary web syndrome
Treatments We Provide
- Hands-on techniques for stiff skin, scars, soft tissue, and joints
- Supervised strengthening, conditioning, and stretching
- Complete decongestive therapy to address lymphedema
- Compression garment fitting and recommendations
There are now 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and thanks to medical advancements the relative 5-year survival rate is 90%. KPT is here to help cancer survivors cope with the early and late long-term effects of cancer treatments. Through the promotion of wellness, KPT can provide you the opportunity to meet future health challenges.
Prostate, Abdominal and Pelvic Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with ¾ of all cases diagnosed in men 65 y/o or older. Thanks to medical advancements the relative 5-year survival rate for all stages of cancer is over 99%. KPT is here to help cancer survivors cope with the early and late long-term effects of cancer treatments. Through the promotion of wellness, KPT can provide you the opportunity to meet future health challenges.
Abdominal and pelvic cancer is a collective term for a variety of cancers that include the structures and organs of the abdomen and pelvis including the reproductive organs (e.g. uterus, ovaries), urinary system (e.g. bladder, kidneys), gastrointestinal or digestive system (e.g. stomach, gallbladder, liver, colon, rectum, anus), and the pelvic bones.
Head and Neck Cancer Management
“Head and neck cancer” is a collective term for several types of cancers that begin in certain structures of the head and neck including the mouth, throat, voice box, nasal passages, sinuses, or salivary glands. Most head and neck cancers are found in individuals over the age of 50 of which 75% of cases are related to tobacco use and alcohol according to the National Institutes of Health. KPT is here to help cancer survivors cope with the early and late long-term effects of cancer treatments. Through the promotion of wellness, KPT can provide you the opportunity to meet future health challenges.
Myeloma, Leukemia, Lymphoma Cancer Management
Cancers are classified based on the type of tissue that they have originated from. Myeloma is cancer that originates from the plasma cells of the bone marrow. Leukemia starts in the early forming blood cells found in the bone marrow, most frequently the white blood cells, and lymphoma arises from the cells in the glands or nodes of the lymphatic system.
Plan of Care
A cancer rehabilitation specialist can design a plan of care that will address the effects of surgical, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted hormonal therapy and immunotherapy treatments. such as:
- Tissue changes
- Stiffness from scars or pain
- Stiffness from radiation therapy
- Nerve pain
- Effects of breast reconstruction including chest, rib, and back pain
- Shoulder weakness and movement compensations
- Axillary web syndrome
- Increased risk of adhesive capsulitis
- Cancer related fatigue (CRF) and poor activity tolerance
- Osteoporosis (loss of bone density and strength)
- Loss of muscle mass, tone, and strength
- Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
- Reduced balance and safety
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- Chemotherapy related cognitive changes
- Pelvic floor dysfunction (urinary dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain)
- Low back, hip, abdominal pain
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back pain
Want to learn more?
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