Cancer and Physiotherapy

Inés Llamas-Ramos* and Rocío Llamas-Ramos

Cancer and Physiotherapy.

The word “CANCER” continues to be one of the most dreadful contexts today, generating a feeling of concern, stress and especially fear. What can we do about this?

The population´s ignorance increases this situation so it is convenient to describe and make people known about the process which happens to a person with cancer in order to be able to face the disease with optimism and hope of healing.

Perhaps, one of the factors to emphasize is the control of symptoms, which remains a worldwide challenge. The oncology population experiences a lot of symptoms such as pain, lack of energy, lack of appetite, constipation, and change in the way of food tastes.

Each patient is unique, but it is possible to investigate which are the most prevalent symptoms for each type of cancer so as to understand better how to treat them in a best way.

It is a difficult task and although, it is a field that is currently under continuous development which means whenever
it becomes more relevant, several authors attribute this difficulty to the absence of validated scales or questionnaires for the quantification of these symptoms.

There are many disciplines that can help to control those symptoms, one of them is the physiotherapy. Physiotherapy focuses on physical therapy and promote healthy lifestyles which help to prevent cancer risk.

A negative habit is the sedentary lifestyle that is fought by the physiotherapists establishing a plan of exercise adapted to each type of patient.

Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2017; 3(1): 5. doi: 10.17140/PMHCOJ-3-119