Want to know more about the benefits of Cancer Rehabilitation?

Survival rates after cancer diagnoses have improved considerably over the past 30 years, so that cancer is now often termed a 'long term condition'. With the support of a team of highly qualified health professionals, cancer survivors are living long and healthier lives. So what can Cancer Rehabilitation do to improve your quality of life?

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PHP Cancer Rehabilitation services include
  • Manual physiotherapy

  • Physical and functional assessments

  • Individualised Clinical Pilates

  • Fatigue management

  • Resistance training

  • Exercise prescription

  • Group classes that will include a progression of Aerobic exercises, Pilates & yoga, Strength & resistance training & Relaxation techniques

PHP Cancer Rehabilitation Programme aims to help you

  • Optimise physical and functional recovery

  • Ease pain and muscular tension

  • Regain strength and mobility

  • Increase energy levels and improve breathing

  • Strengthen core muscles and improve posture

  • Improve physical functioning and maintain independence

  • Reclaim body confidence and control

  • Reduce treatment related side effects and

  • Shift focus from illness to wellness

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Phases of Recovery

The PINC rehabilitation program is chronologically formatted into 4 phases.   The timing of each phase is dependent upon the person’s physical condition, the length of the healing process, the type of surgery involved and the courses of adjuvant treatments. 

  • Pre Op Phase – is designed to help patients before their cancer surgery.  It involves a pre-op assessment and education to identify any factors that may affect recovery from surgery and return to work.  A pre-op rehab plan will be devised for each individual which will include specific exercises to strength muscles and improve stamina ; education and functional guidance.

  • Post Op Phase – designed to assist in the healing process of patients who are recently post surgery. It aims to restore strength and flexibility to particular joints and muscle groups that have become weak and inflexible as a result of surgery.  Includes manual physiotherapy and gentle modified exercises to maximise recovery from surgery, education and functional guidance for home and work. 

  • Adjuvant Cancer Treatment Phase – designed to improve energy levels and maintain health during cancer treatments to reduce the impact on physical functioning and overall conditioning.  It aims to help patients manage fatigue, flexibility, strength and stamina  to reduce time off work, muscle wasting and functional impairment.  In addition to focusing on stretching and strengthening exercises for the upper and lower extremities, it contains workouts to improve abdominal strength and spinal stability; education about fatigue management, home and work based modifications and cardiovascular exercise.

  • Fitness Phase – Designed to facilitate overall conditioning to increase physical stamina after treatments are completed.  It aims to improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility to increase endurance, elevate the metabolism, improve muscle tone and body composition.  The exercise selection focuses on improving physical functioning to maximise recovery to return to work, and living a full and productive life.  Education on fatigue management, return to work, sport and leisure activities. 

About Liz Yull and what she would like to share with you:

Liz Yull is certified as a PINC Physiotherapist and is trained to provide individualised and prescribed rehabilitation to women with diagnosed cancer.  Participating in the PINC program can help women to heal as well as possible, and to function at optimal levels through every stage of their treatment recovery.  Liz hopes to inspire and encourage women diagnosed with cancer to regain their physical strength and stamina and incorporate exercise into their lifestyle.

The research is undeniable: Exercise is so important for mental and physical well-being and quality of life following a cancer diagnosis.  A review in May 2017 of more than 100 studies involving tens of thousands of cancer patients worldwide found that mortalitiy rates among those who exercised regularly fell by up to 44%.  The risk of cancer recurrence dropped by up to 33%.  The side effects of chemotherapy are less pronounced.

Cormie P, Zopf EM, Zhang X, Schmidt K.  The Impact of Exercise on Cancer Mortality, Recurrence, and Treatment-Related Adverse Side Effects.  Epidemiological Reviews, Volume 39, Issue 1, 1 January 2017, Pages 71 - 92.

The PINC Program is suitable for women after any type of cancer diagnosis, surgery or treatment and accommodates women of all ages, fitness levels and mobilities.  The program has been formatted to help women during all phases of their cancer journey:  Before Surgery, After Surgery, During Cancer Treatments, (Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and others) and into Fitness and Survivorship. The timing of each phase will be dependent on individual circumstances.