Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and will affect 2 out of 5 Canadians. If you have not been affected by cancer, you likely know someone who has, whether it is a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker.

Being diagnosed with cancer is an emotional time for the patient and their families. Fortunately, there are numerous organizations, health care providers and researchers dedicated to learning more about treatment and providing support for patients living with cancer.

Physiotherapists are involved in improving the lives of cancer patients and are there to help you maintain your strength, physical function and mobility, during and after cancer treatment. Physiotherapists can help you manage fatigue and manage the physical changes to maximize your recovery.


Mesothelioma patients who are in pain and are feeling tired: physio can help

  “Gerry” finally put off going to the doctor’s and confirmed what was going on. His chest pain, never-ending couch and fatigue were simply not going away and were starting to affect his ability to work as construction site supervisor. When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, Gerry was depressed, confused and anxious. What did that […]

Choose to move: inspiring stories from B.C.

For the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia’s latest campaign, they travelled to different areas of British Columbia to showcase some amazing individuals, who are elite athletes, professional dancers, and those with inspiring stories of recovery. What they all have in common is that they Choose to Move, and use physio regularly to help them perform […]
Exercise after breast surgery

Exercises after breast surgery from the Canadian Cancer Society

Have you had or will you be having breast surgery? We have a great resource to share with you about exercises you can do to reduce stiffness and pain and improve strength and movement. Download PDF  

Born to run – Darren’s Journey

Starting physiotherapy after cancer -- or any major illness or injury -- can make a remarkable difference in recovery. It has for Darren, a bright young boy and football player from Surrey B.C. who began physiotherapy with PABC member Chiara Singh, clinical supervisor for physiotherapy at Surrey Memorial Hospital, after his surgery and chemotherapy for a brain tumour. This is their story.

The term lymphedema refers to swelling due to the abnormal accumulation of protein rich lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is an important part of the body’s immune system. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is deficient or damaged, altering the transport of the lymph fluid. Lymphedema usually affects the arms or legs, but it can […]

Newer research has shown that exercise can improve how well you function physically and your quality of life


Physiotherapy and Cancer

From the Canadian Cancer Society

The role of physical therapy in cancer

Large population studies have identified a strong association between lower levels of physical activity and higher cancer mortality

Physiotherapy-led exercise is clinically effective and can help cancer patients improve their quality of life