Cancer encompasses many different forms with many different treatments. These treatments can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and others, often in combination. Successful treatment of cancer has progressed dramatically in the last decade. Previously fatal diagnoses are now well managed chronic illnesses. Cancer and its treatment can profoundly impact the body and its function causing fatigue, neurological and orthopedic issues, lymphedema, speech and swallowing dysfunction, balance and vestibular concerns and more. At Holy Cross Physical Therapy, we are committed to walking beside our patients through all stages of the cancer journey, managing cancer related pain, optimizing function, and improving quality of life.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the United States. Common complaints following breast cancer treatment include shoulder pain, restricted range of motion, axillary cording, scar tissue restriction, and postural dysfunction. Many of these issues are related to radiation fibrosis, or hardening of the tissues in and around the field of radiation. […]