Will Oncology Rehabilitation Become the Standard of Care for Cancer Survivors?

Wendy Price


Physical therapy is the standard of care for individuals recovering from a stroke, knee surgery or hip replacement. Yet, individuals who undergo rigorous cancer treatment are often released from care without a rehabilitation plan in place. To help address this void, the American College of Surgeons has added rehabilitation as a survivorship requirement for all accredited programs and a number of recent studies like the PAL (Physical Activity and Lymphedema) show the benefits physical therapy and activity provides survivors. To discuss more on the topic, we’ve brought Wendy Price, PT, MS owner of Healthcore Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio back for a second podcast.

Recently elected to the oncology section board of the American Physical Therapy Association, Price believes oncology rehabilitation should be the standard of care for cancer survivors.  Cancer survivors often experience fatigue, balance issues and other symptoms after treatment. She believes a comprehensive evaluation by a physical therapist and customized rehabilitation plan offers the best approach to help cancer survivors regain function, improve range of motion and enjoy the quality of life they enjoyed prior to cancer diagnosis.  Listen now to learn more about incorporating oncology rehabilitation into your practice.

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  1. Posted January 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    >What rehab programs do you have for head and neck cancer patients?

  2. Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    We are in process of refining head and neck rehabiltation protocols.
    Noted the question posted by Dr Shipman.

  3. Demetrios Vargelis
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    What rehab program do you have for 70 year-old survivor of spinal tumor in lower back which caused compression fracture of vertabre and damaged nerves, leaving patient with weak lower back and legs unable to walk without use of cane.

  4. Diane Kupper
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    What rehab progrma..or where can a 57 year old lung cancer Patient..very weak to walk or talk. Currently bedridden and currently with an IV. Thanks for your advise, help.. Much needed Information ASAP.

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