Your GP or cancer specialist can refer you to a physiotherapist or a qualified cancer exercise specialist if you need one. You may also be able to refer yourself to a physiotherapist. They can help you:
- decide on an individual exercise programme that is safe and effective
- become an independent exerciser
- increase your physical fitness
- improve your energy, strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balance
- manage the side effects or after-effects of treatment
- enjoy and increase your physical activity
- avoid injuries.
You can ask them questions such as:
- ‘I’ve never exercised before – how should I start?’
- ‘How can I improve my shortness of breath and feel less tired?’
- ‘How can I improve my balance?’
- ‘Can I improve the strength of my hands, arms or legs?’
- ‘Which exercises can help me get up the stairs?’
If you have more specific needs, they may be able to arrange a rehabilitation programme for you.