Physiotherapy in Oncology and Palliative Care

A practice area known as palliative care deals with rapidly progressing and fatal diseases such cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, motor neuron disease, and multiple sclerosis. Physiotherapy can be helpful in each of these conditions.Palliative care helps patients with life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families, by relieving pain and managing painful and incapacitating symptoms.

Palliative care is used in oncology when a cure is either unlikely or impossible. Palliative care has a holistic focus and is defined as the active, multidisciplinary care of the whole individual, taking into account their bodily, social, psychological, and spiritual needs. It also includes the grieving process.The role of the physiotherapist in palliative oncology is vast, starting with early rehabilitation and extending as a team member through hospice care. Physiotherapists serve important preventative, educational, and supportive roles in addition to offering independent and complementary treatments for pain and physical infirmity.

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