Physical Therapy for Cancer Survivorship

Recent research has demonstrated that patients who remain physically active while undergoing cancer treatment have fewer negative side effects during radiation therapy and chemotherapy. In order to return to an active lifestyle or to develop an exercise regimen, it is important for patients to recover fully from surgery and other treatments.

The physical therapy team at Shaw Regional Cancer Center assists patients in regaining range of motion, reducing lymphedema and developing an exercise plan. Vail Valley Medical Center's prestigious Howard Head Sports Medicine™ has teamed up with the physicians at Shaw Regional Cancer Center to provide an integrative physical therapy approach to treating patients during treatment and recovery.

At our advanced oncology facility, exercise goals are established based on each individual's diagnosis and treatment plan. These therapy goals typically include:

  • Improving range of motion after surgery
  • Generalized strengthening
  • Core strengthening
  • Lymphedema education
  • Improving cardiovascular function
  • Decreasing pain

Our professional oncology physical therapist, Christine Hasselbach, DPT, CLT, is a certified lymphedema therapist, who provides complete decongestive therapy, including massage, bandaging and exercises for patients with either upper or lower extremity lymphedema. She also offers individual programs for shoulder rehabilitation related to breast cancer surgeries, with a focus on range of motion and strengthening.

Contact Christine at (970) 569-7777 for more information or to make an appointment.

Shaw also offers personal nutrition and exercise programs for patients and cancer survivors. With the guidance of our specialists, a customized, comprehensive nutrition and exercise plan is created for each patient to combat the negative side effects of cancer and treatment. Goals of the program typically involve:

  • Decreasing fatigue
  • Increasing energy
  • Weight loss
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Increased aerobic endurance

Contact Spirit of Survival at (970) 569-7493 for more information or to make an appointment.