REVIEW ARTICLE: Exercise: A Complimentary Medicine In Cancer Rehabilitation - NEENA VARGHESE

A lifestyle that includes physical activity can be beneficial for just about everyone, no matter their age, and as experts now know, even if they have cancer.

EXERCISE AND CANCER- The number of cancer survivors will continue to increase with continued improvements in screening and treatment. Despite these improvements, however, many cancer survivors suffer from the acute, chronic, and late side effects of treatment.Exercise is an effective therapeutic intervention for preparing patients to successfully complete treatments, managing acute, chronic and late side effects and improving quality of life (QOL)

ROLE OF PHYSICAL THERAPIST- As the survival from cancer continues to increase, people are seeking to restore quality to their lives. Because the goal of physical therapy is to maximize a person's functional ability, referrals to physical therapy are an appropriate way to address these concerns. Physical therapist can make a meaningful contribution to the health care team caring for the patient with cancer. The growing global population with cancer faces unique challenges – from their disease and from the treatments they receive. Physical therapists can make a unique contribution to helping  them achieve health and a good quality of life. The prescribed exercises and lifestyle advice  that physical therapists provide can also help people reduce their risk of getting cancer. A physical therapist has the major share in educating as well as motivating the individual  to take part in exercise program , to remind him that he didn't make it through the rough road of cancer or  chemo just to end up on the couch and to assure him that the myriad of side effects can be effectively managed with exercise interventions.

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