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.
Head and neck cancer can be a particularly difficult diagnosis to live with because so many of our essential functions depend on this region of our body: eating, breathing, speaking, expressing ourselves, et. cetera. Surgery and radiation in this area can lead to scar tissue, radiation fibrosis, muscle stiffness, and pain. Additionally, this area is […]
Pelvic cancers may include: ovarian, endometrial, vulvar, cervical, prostate, colorectal, and others. Treatment for these cancers may impact the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding structures. This can lead to issues of urinary and fecal incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency, pelvic pain, dyspareunia (painful intercourse), and sexual dysfunction. These are deeply personal issues, and are often […]
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. […]
Chemotherapy is an essential part of cancer treatment. These powerful medications attack fast-growing cancer cells, but they also attack healthy cells within the body. This has widespread effects on nearly every body system, and can result in fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, pain, and many other side effects. Specialized physical therapy can help to combat […]