Rehabilitation after cancer treatment helps patients:
At HCG, we have a team of highly skilled rehabilitation specialists, including physiotherapists, speech and swallow therapists, onco-dieticians, psycho-oncologists, yoga therapists, and oncodermatologists. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures that we address all aspects of our patients' recovery and well-being. By bringing experts from different fields together, we work towards a common goal, which is to positively impact treatment response, recovery, and quality of life among our patients.
Physiotherapy is essential for cancer patients as it helps overcome physical deficits, build strength, reduce pain, and combat fatigue. Physiotherapy plays a significant role in restoring and maintaining the highest possible level of function, independence, and quality of life among cancer patients and survivors.
At HCG, our physiotherapists work with patients to restore and maintain the highest possible level of function, independence, and quality of life through inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. The core focus of this department lies in providing preventive, promotive, and curative rehabilitation services in areas of (but not limited to):
All our physiotherapists have completed their specialised training in the field of cancer rehabilitation. The department manages to provide close to 700 physiotherapy sessions every month.
Head and neck cancers and their treatments can cause speech and swallowing difficulties. At HCG, our speech-language pathologists provide evaluation and therapy for articulation, language, voice, cognition, and swallowing disorders. We customise our approach based on each patient's unique needs and work with other specialists to improve their overall quality of life.
The speech and swallow therapists often collaborate with nutritionists, physiotherapists, and home care specialists to address all possible challenges related to swallowing and improve the overall quality of life for patients.
Our speech and swallow therapy department provides services in areas of (but not limited to):
One-third of cancer patients experience severe psychological distress upon diagnosis.
Psycho-oncology, a sub-discipline of oncology, deals with non-physical aspects of cancer, such as coping mechanisms, communication with caregivers, and social support, using techniques like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to improve patient well-being. Psycho-oncology counselling benefits cancer patients by helping them cope with their diagnosis, manage stress, communicate with healthcare professionals and caregivers, plan for life after treatment, and improve family understanding and adjustment to new routines.
Yoga improves physical health by enhancing oxygenated blood circulation, inducing tranquillity, and improving the ability to endure stress. At HCG, our research shows that yoga reduces stress and treatment-related symptoms and improves the overall quality of life. Our yoga therapists help patients learn techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, and modified postures individualised to their condition.
Onco-dieticians understand the nutritional needs of cancer patients and plan personalised interventions accordingly. Personalised nutritional support can positively impact treatment response, recovery rate, and quality of life. Treatment includes diet modification, counselling, supplements, tube feeding, or IV feeding.
Cancer treatments can cause various skin-related side effects, such as rashes, dry skin, and hair loss. Oncodermatology, a department at HCG, specialises in managing these side effects to improve treatment outcomes. They help with allergies and toxicity caused by chemotherapy, skin reactions due to radiation therapy, skin infections caused by immunosuppression, and graft-versus-host disease. They also offer screening services for skin cancer.
Head and neck cancer treatments cause dental problems such as tooth decay, oral mucositis, bleeding gums, and mouth infections. At HCG, our dentists address patient concerns by carefully reviewing their information and planning dental interventions accordingly.