The Cancer Rehabilitation Service at Spire Portsmouth Hospital aims to support patients with breast cancer throughout their treatment, by providing individual treatment plans, supervised exercise and education.
Reasons to exercise
Although exercise may be the last thing on your mind while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, evidence shows it can improve your quality of life*.
- Reduce your fatigue
- Help build muscle strength
- Help you maintain a healthy weight
- Improve your body image and self-confidence
Moreover, research shows that exercise can help improve your chances of beating cancer**.
What does the service include?
The service offers individual sessions with a specialist physiotherapist to address common issues such as post-operative shoulder mobility and scarring. You can attend group classes for clinical pilates, cardio fitness, strength training and balance exercises. All classes will be led by a specialist physiotherapist.
You will also be encouraged to monitor your progress using exercise perception scales and home diaries. Thus you will be exercising in a safe environment and at appropriate levels for your treatment.
Benefits of the service
Improved education and awareness can lead to:
- Less delays for radiotherapy due to improved shoulder mobility
- Earlier identification of complications such as cording and lymphedema
- Increased motivation to exercise, which in turn can lead to an improved quality of life
The service is covered by most insurance companies, and we offer packages for self-funding patients.
* Macmillan:the importance of physical activity for people living with and beyond cancer
** Studies show that exercise can reduce risk of reoccurence and mortality for breast cancer patients, Physiotherapy works: Cancer survivorship