Maine Strong Balance Center

Phone: (207) 303-0612

Fax: (207) 303-0038

400 Enterprise Drive, Suite #4, Scarborough, Maine, 04074

Survivorship & Quality of Life

CANCER AND PHYSICAL THERAPY

At Maine Strong Balance Center, we understand that cancer survivorship comes with both physical and emotional challenges. We're here to help. 

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How Is Cancer Related to Balance and Fall Risk? 

  • Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) reduces accuracy of tactile and proprioceptive information which interferes with balance.

  • Chemotherapy can alter mental functioning which can increase risk for falls in challenging environments. Cognitive changes can last long after treatment ends.

  • Changes in the vestibular system due to certain types of cancer and/or cancer treatment results in vertigo and imbalance. 

  • "Sarcopenia", also known as muscle wasting, related to cancer and cancer treatment leads to loss of muscle strength which has been proven to be directly correlated to increased risk for falls.


What Else Can We Help With?

  • Cancer Related Fatigue 

  • Acute or Chronic Pain 

  • Aerobic or cardiovascular deconditioning 

  • Shoulder dysfunction in patients with a history of breast cancer