Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer or are recovering from treatment, our rehabilitative specialists can help decrease pain, improve mobility and reduce the risk of side effects or complications. Through physical therapy, drainage, massage and lymphedema treatment, our care teams provide hands-on therapy to speed recovery and increase your independence.
Cancer Care Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation and physical therapy during and after cancer treatment can help you rebuild function, endurance and strength while decreasing anxiety and increasing a sense of hope and control. Your cancer care physical therapist can help rebuild muscle strength, improve your flexibility and reduce fatigue.
Cancer treatments may cause lymph fluid buildup and swelling, known as lymphedema. It frequently occurs in patients who’ve had surgery for breast, uterine, or prostate cancer and can occur after lymph node radiation treatments. Although lymphedema can’t be cured, it can be controlled with the right care and treatment.
Through hands-on therapy and specialized massage techniques, Mills-Peninsula's Lymphedema Therapy Program can help you manage the condition. Lymphatic drainage massage is especially helpful in moving lymph fluid away from the obstructed area toward functioning lymph nodes.
As part of your lymphedema therapy, you’ll learn how to independently monitor and manage the condition through thorough training in self-massage, compression bandaging and skin care.