Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the body that causes destruction of normal, healthy cells. This process affects the overall health and function of the body or body parts. Cancer affects approximately 40% of people in the United States at some point in their lives, with more than 1.5 million new cases diagnosed each year.
Conventional treatment for cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and gene therapy. Cancer, and the treatments for it, can cause physical problems such as:
- Numbness in feet and hands
- Swelling of arms, legs, torso, or face (lymphedema)
- Muscle weakness
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of endurance
- Loss of bone density (strength)
- Difficulty walking
- Loss of balance
- Weight gain
Physical therapists can help people manage these cancer-related problems, improve their health and functional abilities, and return to work and other activities. Information is provided by the American Physical Therapy Association and can be accessed here.
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