Cancer Survivorship


Oncology Survivorship and Rehabilitation Program

For many cancer patients, it is hard to get back to their “normal” way of life. Our Oncology Survivorship and Rehabilitation Program can help you with your physical needs as you finish your cancer treatment. As you go from “cancer patient” to a “cancer survivor,” our specially trained team is there to promote your well-being and to improve your quality of life.

"Studies have indicated a relationship between higher physical activity levels and lower mortality in cancer survivors"

Our Allied team of physical therapists and exercise professionals will work with you to create an individual plan to assist you in pain management, fatigue reduction, and an increased level of fitness. We are dedicated to helping cancer survivors on their journey to a pre-diagnosis quality of life.

Allied Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers a number of unique programs and services for our cancer patients and survivors, including:

Physical Therapy & Cancer Exercise Recovery

"Walking or cycling an average of 30 minutes per day has been associated with a 34% lower rate of cancer death and a 33% improved cancer survival."

Exercise can have tremendous physiological benefits while providing cancer survivors with a sense of control during a potentially vulnerable time. In addition to improving independence and ensuring some level of activity, participating in an exercise program can provide a positive outlet for stress and anxiety.
Cancer patients and survivors can truly benefit from a rehabilitation regiment from a cancer-trained physical therapist and exercise professionals. Physical therapy can help patients with the following: 

  • Exercise: individually designed for your pre-cancer goal and based on your particular medical condition.  
    • improve strength, 
    • improve balance 
    • Combat fatigue 
    • Help with depression
    • Increase chances of survival (see studies below)
  • Pain: drug-free approaches to pain management, including manual therapy, electrical stimulation, heat and/or cold applications
  • Mobility: balance, strength, and range of motion. 

Allied Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can offer a personalized exercise program tailored to meet individualized patient needs. After a comprehensive fitness and medical evaluation, patients can participate in a three month exercise program conducted in a safe environment supervised by a trained therapist.

Visit us at one of our three locations in FoxboroNorwood, and Framingham or feel free to call us with any questions.


The link between physical activity and cancer 

Studies have indicated a relationship between higher physical activity levels and lower mortality in cancer survivors. A recent meta-analysis reported that, post-diagnosis, physical activity reduced breast cancer deaths by 34%, all causes mortality by 41% and disease recurrence by 24%.
 Source: Ibrahim EM, Al-Homaidh A. Physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis: meta-analysis of published studies. Med Oncol. 2010 Apr 22. 

Studies also indicate the volume of exercise necessary to bring benefits. The Nurses’ Health Study reported 50% fewer cancer recurrences in women who exercised more than three hours per week. Among people who have had colo-rectal cancer, a study found a 50% lower rate of recurrence and related death in those who exercised more than six hours per week. 
Source: Holmes, MD, Chen WY et al. Physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis. JAMA 2005 293: 2479-2486. 
Meyerhardt J A, Giovannucci E L et al. Physical Activity and Survival After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2006 Vol 24, No 22 (August 1): 3527-3534. 

Large population studies have identified a strong association between lower levels of physical activity and higher cancer mortalitySource: Orsini N, Mantzoros C S et al. Association of physical activity with cancer incidence, 
mortality, and survival: a population based study of men. British Journal of Cancer. 2008 98: 

Increasing numbers of studies are indicating that physical activity can reduce the incidence of cancer. World Health Organization recommendations say that undertaking 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity a week can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers. The same amount of exercise can also reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. 

Source: Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, released by the World Health 
Organization in 2011 

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer: “Physical activity is one risk factor for non-communicable diseases which is modifiable and therefore of great potential public health significance. Changing the level of physical activity raises challenges for the individual but also at societal level.”



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