Physiotherapy is a broadened branch of modern science, proven in its effectiveness which strives not only for the improved functional status of the patient but for improved quality of life too. At Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, we, provide restorative services to cancer patients in all stages of treatments, as these may have lasting effects on physical and cognitive functions resulting in impaired functional ability. Clinically effective therapeutic modules are tailored and implemented to take quality care of special needs of cancer patients.
Physiotherapy Department at RGCI&RC works in all sub specialties in physiotherapy offering a multifaceted approach to the patient’s rehabilitation by a qualified and highly experienced team of physiotherapists with treatment procedures of international standards.
Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy department at RGCI&RC provides:
The department offers comprehensive services in areas of:
Patients who undergo breast or pelvic surgeries with lymphnode removal are given information about Lymphodema prevention.For existing lymphodema, variety of treatments including Hands on stretching, compression garment, manual lymphatic drainage, cryotherapy, multi layer bandaging and lymphatic pumps are available.
Head & Neck Cancer
The aim is to achieve optimum mobility with minimum residual dysfunction after surgery or radiation. The common complications are Trismus, Facial Palsy, Facial Asymmetry, Compromised Neural and Musculoskeletal functions.
Thoracotomy patients require extensive physical therapy intervention to achieve cardiovascular fitness, shoulder and chest wall movement restoration, enhanced endurance and strength to regain functional ability.
Neurological and Musculoskeletal
Primary tumors of brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve involvement may lead to dysfunction requiring physical training of limbs.
With advancement in technology and skills, limb sparing surgeries are preferred over amputation. Such patients need neuromuscular re-education, proprioception training, gait training, improved strength and endurance, postural retraining to achieve optimum independence.
Bone Marrow Transplant / High Dose Chemotherapy
Such patients require physical therapy to alleviate some effects like muscle and nerve damage, coordination and balance disorders and cardiopulmonary compromise.
Pain may surface as either the tumor may be compressing a nerve or muscle or secondary to cancer treatments. Physical modalities like Cryotherapy, TENS etc may provide relief from them.
Major concerns in I.C.U, Post operative unit etc are reduced lung volumes, retained secretions, increased work of breathing, ineffective cough etc.
Physical therapy can improve lung volumes and compliance. Sputum clearance techniques add to patient’s comfort in such cases.
Holistic Wellness Program
Taking care of patient’s Physical, Emotional, Social and Vocational needs by counseling about their limitations, retraining in technical skills or guiding them about alternative solutions, infact “bridges the gap” between a patient and the person returning to usual activity.
Rehabilitation Aids Facilities: