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treatmentCancer and its treatments create a number of common problems and also specific ones related to each cancer group that physiotherapy can help with. This list is not exhaustive and if you are at all concerned by your symptoms or not sure please contact Cancer Physio for advise on whether we can help.

Common Symptoms/Problems:
  • Pain
  • Reduced Range of movement
  • Stiff or tight areas of the body following surgery and/or radiotherapy
  • Stiff or tight scars following surgery
  • Peripheral neuropathy (numb or pins and needles and loss of balance following chemotherapy)
  • Deconditioning or loss of muscle strength
  • Incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Difficulty returning to function – activities of daily living, hobbies, sport, physical activity or work
  • Graft versus Host disease (in Stem cell transplant)
  • Cording (any cancer group that has lymph nodes removed)
  • cording
  • Dropped shoulder syndrome (following a neck dissection)
  • Trismus (reduced jaw movement following surgery and radiotherapy to the jaw area)
  • Facial Palsy
  • Dropped Head syndrome (following radiotherapy for non hodgkins lymphoma commonly)
  • Joint arthralgia’s
  • Fatigue
  • Postural dysfunctions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Lymphoedema (Cancer Physio does not currently provide lymphoedema treatment although this is available through the NHS in Gloucestershire and privately at the Cotswold Sports and Injuries Clinic)


Some individuals may also be at a higher risk for osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, fractures (if individuals have cancer in their bones) and increased blood pressure following treatments.