Original Editor - Elaine Lonnemann

Top Contributors - Elaine Lonnemann, Rachael Lowe, George Prudden and Nicole Hills  


Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession concerned with the care, management and rehabilitation of patients. These principles apply to the management of patients with cancer through all care and rehabilitation programmes from diagnosis to the end of life.  Physiotherapists conduct ongoing assessment of the needs of this patient group and their carers, in order to apply skilled interventions, which are vital for patients’ independence, functional capacity and quality of life.  The role of the physiotherapist, as an essential member of the multi-disciplinary team is key to the successful rehabilitation and management of patients with cancer and palliative care needs. The absence of physiotherapy intervention would be detrimental to patient care and the ability of the patient/family to cope with the effects of the disease or its treatment on their functional capacity and quality of life[1].





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  1. The Role of Physiotherapy for People with Cancer - CSP Position Statement. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, July 2003. Available at http://www.csp.org.uk/uploads/documents/csp_statement_physioandcancer.pdf. Retrieved 10/7/2010