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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 222-228

Cancer-related fibrosis: Prevention or treatment? – A descriptive review

Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Renu Pattanshetty
Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi
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DOI: 10.4103/jdrntruhs.jdrntruhs_104_21

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Cancer and its therapies, including surgeries, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, have a significant influence on the body of the patient. Tissue fibrosis is one of the most significant adverse effects noticed in cancer patients. Fibrosis caused by any tissue damage or various intracellular mechanisms can result in physical and functional impairments such as trismus, neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction syndromes, fibrosis, speech and swallowing dysfunctions, upper limb and lower limb impairments, and sexual dysfunctions, all of which have a negative impact on patients' quality of life. Using manual therapy and therapeutic modalities, speech and swallowing therapy, and vocational rehabilitation are some of the important approaches to treating postcancer treatment problems. As a result, when to begin rehabilitation to enhance and maintain functional and physical performance becomes critical.

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