Specialised cancer rehabilitation therapy is now available to those in Cambridge thanks to a scholarship awarded by the PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Trust.
Physiotherapist Megan Drummond at Body Performance clinic in Cambridge was awarded a half-scholarship to complete their 12-week PINC cancer rehab certification course, to help bring the service south of Hamilton.
“It’s such a good service, and there’s no one else here in Cambridge that provides this service. Previously people had to travel through to Hamilton. I was awarded a ‘rural’ scholarship to help bring the service to the Cambridge community,” said Megan, who finished her study last month.
“There’s so much that we can assist cancer patients with, they don’t be suffering like they are. We’re here to support them along that journey,” she said. “The good thing about PINC rehabilitation is it can assist people with any type of cancer. Rehabilitation can be at any time during the treatment process; after surgery, whilst undergoing chemo, radiation or hormone treatment, and at any point after medical treatment has finished.”
The cancer rehabilitation therapy that Megan now offers to Cambridge clients, both recovering and terminal, is similar to physiotherapy, but with specialised knowledge of the different types of cancer, their treatments and the side effects.
“It’s really about getting them moving again and doing as much as they can, helping with their quality of life and getting them back to those things that they enjoy doing.”
The service can be privately funded, covered by certain medical insurance, or there is the opportunity to apply for funding assistance from the PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Trust. Patients can contact Body Performance Clinic to discuss their options.
In 2018 Body Performance will also offer PINC Pilates – Physio-led Pilates catered especially for cancer patients.
Megan says she looks forward to guiding those in Cambridge through their cancer journey and making the rough road a little smoother. “It’s really rewarding when people come through the door and they’re not able to do things they enjoy, and we work together to get them back to doing what they love. Shifting the focus from illness to wellness.”