Function and mobility

Function and mobility are greatly affected in cancer treated survivors. “Recent evidence suggests that more cancer survivors have a reduced health?related quality of life as a result of physical impairments than due to psychological ones.”[1] Physical impairments can be assessed by an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist or both. Quite often, certain cancers that are treated with surgery result in mobility or function problems. In these cases, a professional assessment and treatment might be required in the long term. Evidence has shown that even though 90% of survivors need physical rehabilitation after cancer treatment, only 30% receive it and that physical disability is the number one cause of psychological distress.[2] Muscle weakness can be caused by reduced muscle mass or reduced muscle function, and it is usually a combination of both.[3]

[1] Julie K. Silver MD, Jennifer Baima MD, R. Samuel Mayer MD. Impairment?driven cancer rehabilitation: An essential component of quality care and survivorship.CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, July 2013.

[2] Ibid.

[3] David L Wanin and Theresa A Guise. Cancer-associated muscle weakness: What’s bone got to do with it?