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Why physiotherapy for cancer rehab?

In recent years there has been more and more research into the wide range of benefits of physiotherapy and exercise at all stages of cancer treatment. Some of the proven benefits are reduced fatigue, improved motion, improved mood, improved quality of life, and reduced rates of lymphoedema. 

Lizette de Klerk has completed training specifically in cancer rehabilitation 

Cancer rehabilitation physiotherapists evaluate each patient individually, assessing your current situation, concerns and goals. Doing so helps them to then establish a program specifically for you. Your physiotherapy program may involve a series of sessions including hands-on therapeutic methods and exercises designed to address your movement restrictions and help you reach your goals. 

How can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy input during cancer rehabilitation can help to:


When to consult a physiotherapist

Before Surgery

Pre-op assessment for baseline measures are ideal. This is a great time to provide education about your recovery & progressive post-op exercises.

Sensory changes

If you perceive sensory changes in your chest wall/arm (heaviness, fullness, tightness, etc.), especially if it is associated with visual swelling.

Before treatment

Before starting any treatment regimen; learn about potential side effects, how to prevent them, and when to follow up should they occur. 

Functional changes

If you notice functional changes with daily activities or exercises like decreased strength, movement restrictions, impaired endurance, or changes in balance/motor function. 


Inability or hesitancy to perform the things that usually elevate your quality of life like sexual intimacy, exercise, sports, hobbies, or work performance. 

Skin Changes

If you are experiencing pain, tightness, or range of motion restrictions associated with scar tissue or skin changes.