Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Bridget Koontz, MD

Bridget Koontz, MD

Bridget Koontz, MD
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology Services

Cancer and its treatment can cause many physical problems, ranging from hand and foot numbness, incontinence, balance issues, decreased movement of the neck, arms or legs, or even swelling and fluid retention. These problems can interfere with work and daily life during and after treatment, and increase the impact cancer has on a person. Physical therapy is thought of commonly for its use in managing musculoskeletal complaints, but in fact can be very effective at reducing the burden of these cancer side effects.

Duke Regional has sought to improve access to physical therapy specifically for men and women who are currently under cancer treatment or have had cancer in the past, with the goal of preventing and treating these side effects and improving the quality of life after cancer. We are very proud to work with Lisa Massa, PT, WCS, CLT, who brings specialized training and extensive experience in cancer-related side effects to improve the lives of our patients. This new service meets our goal of providing exceptional care in a convenient and reassuring community setting. Patients can be new to our clinic or even Duke Regional, but must have a referral from a physician.

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