Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize function, independence and quality of life through prescribed exercises, hands-on care and patient education. We combine the latest evidence in oncologic physical therapy with our expertise to help you achieve your maximum potential following a variety of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, immunotherapy and surgery.

Physical Therapists Target:

  • Balance and walking difficulty
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Mobility and strength
  • Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy 
  • Joint limitations
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Pediatric development

Specialty Programs

Pelvic Health

This program addresses a variety of pelvic floor symptoms, including urinary incontinence after prostate cancer surgery; bladder, bowel and vaginal symptoms after gynecological cancer treatments; and sexual health concerns like vaginal narrowing and pain with sexual activity following radiation treatments.

Certain cancers and their treatments can interfere with pelvic floor function, which can result in incontinence and/or pain. Our physical therapists are trained to treat this sensitive issue.

Stem Cell Transplant

This program targets fatigue and muscle weakness associated with steroid use, decreased aerobic capacity, poor balance and neuropathy in the hands and feet following a stem cell transplantation procedure. Our physical therapists will help you address these symptoms and stay active, when admitted in the hospital and after discharge, with exercise prescription tailored to your needs.

 

Oncologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

City of Hope's Oncologic Physical Therapy Residency aims to accelerate the development of advanced practitioners in oncologic rehabilitation through expert mentorship, superior education and exposure to best care practice within a leading comprehensive cancer center. Learn how to apply!

 

Exercises to Get Your Strength Back

Getting your strength and movement back after cancer treatment can feel overwhelming, but doing the simple exercises in this video created by our physical therapists can help build your strength over time. 

Essential Exercises for Those Living with Prostate Cancer

Learn how to engage your pelvic floor correctly and important aerobic and strengthening exercises essential during survivorship.

Orders are required for inpatient and outpatient services.

If you would like to be evaluated by Rehabilitation Services, please ask your physician for a referral. All Rehabilitation Services (except activities coordinators services) require a doctor’s order or prescription.