ONCOLOGY REHABILITATION

ONCOLOGY REHABILITATION

Cancer survivors continue to experience fatigue and Quality of Life issues long after treatment completion.

Physical activity can according to research have several positive effects for oncology patients and cancer survivors. Physical activity is actually associated with a lower risk of death, all-cause mortality and even cancer recurrence.

Physical activity is also associated with a lowered risk for several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease which are common comorbid conditions in  cancer survivors.

Why is rehabilitation needed in cancer treatment?

Cancer treatment is always stressful on the body and studies have found that cardiorespiratory fitness is impaired in cancer survivors.

Supervised exercise is needed to support cancer survivor’s transition to regular exercise and referral patterns for rehabilitation are not always established.

Why is it important to have the physical activity, clinically supervised?

Today we know that to be able to affect a state of disease the physical activity needs to be individually adapted according to the individual prerequisites and research have even concluded that healthcare providers should  even consider individual differences among cancer survivors and tailor physical activity programs to meet the individual needs of the patient to assist in the adoption and maintenance of physical active lifestyle.

Cancer can cause profound physiological and metabolic changes that can affect the nutrient requirement and experience. Symptoms such as anorexia, changes in taste.

and smell, and disturbances of the bowel are common side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. These changes can lead to inadequate nutrient intake and subsequent malnutrition and physical activity is a central component of weight management.

 

Physical Exercise therapy program at Paliesius clinic

algorithm stages:

General principles of physical exercise programs at Paliesius clinic

  • Individualization
  • Monitoring the body’s response to physical activity
  • Complications prevention, early diagnosis and treatment
  • Long-term observation
  1. Risk assessment of physical activity
  • Full medical investigation to identify if there are any medical contraindications to engage in physical activity to avoid putting the patient at risk.
  • To identify the risk factors ex increased risk of diseases due to age, prevalent symptoms or other risk factors.
  • Physical exercise test to determine exercise levels and physical reactions
  • Identify special needs of a person that can influence physical activity.
  1. Clinical evaluation of health status
  • Anamnesis (medical diagnosis, anamnesis of symptoms)
  • Physician Examination.
  • The need for laboratory testing is assessed on the basis of risk groups
  • Determination of Contraindications for Physical Exercise Test
  • Weight assessment and evaluation (low weight, overweight, visceral fat etc)
  1. Physical exercise recipe

The recipe is made individually, based on the functional testing results by FITT-VP principal: frequency, intensity, time, type, volume, progression, and current research in physical exercise for cancer patients.

  1. Physical Exercise Program

The physical exercise program is carried out under the” hands on” guidance of doctors, trainers, physiotherapists and health psychologists. All physical activity is done under clinically controlled and monitored way to ensure positive physical responses and minimizing the risk of harm. The first part of the program takes place at the Paliesius clinic during a week to ensure a safe clinical setting and physical exercise adherence.

At the end of the program the participant will be prepared an individual physical exercise prescription and recommendations for further exercise, assessment and control of the most important clinical indicators.

Every participant at Paliesius clinic also receives long term follow up for a lasting effect.

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