What makes our service unique to people affected by cancer ?
Cancer treatments commonly cause many patients to develop unwanted side effects leading to significant negative impacts on quality of life. We recognise that treatments are tough. They can become more manageable when you know what to expect and are given good advice on all the things that you can do to maximise recovery and are given the help needed to ensure positive steps are taken that will improve your future health and wellbeing.
The comprehensive one-to-one assessment is provided by the specialist cancer physiotherapist. It is using their expertise that, together, you can set goals that will be both personalised and achievable. This in turn will increase your independence, confidence and opportunity to take back some control over your work and/or your specific interests and hobbies.
Our holistic approach may mean that, along with your individualised physiotherapy prescribed exercise, it is recommended that we refer you to other health and wellbeing professionals. This signposting to other experts ensures you receive a collaborative package of treatment to further improve your recovery and therefore your quality of life.
Vision and History
Lynn qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1997 from Leeds Metropolitan University as a mature student after previously working for 8 years as a staff nurse/junior sister predominantly in the field of Orthopedics, Plastic and Gut surgery.
Before founding Rehab Beyond Cancer, Lynn worked for 15 years as a specialist physiotherapist treating both in-patients and out-patients who were receiving treatment for cancer at the Institute of Oncology in Leeds.
During this time, it became evident that despite reaching the end of their treatment, patients were struggling with work and/or their hobbies and interests. The obvious gap in the support provided at that time, along with her empathy and passion, has led Lynn to create Rehab Beyond Cancer.
Using the expertise and contacts developed over her time in oncology Lynn aims to increase the quality of life for cancer survivors discharged from hospital follow up who still feel they have not reached their new normal level of functional activity.
Appreciating the vital role work plays in recovery and psychological wellbeing, Lynn has recently completed the Obair Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and Job Demands Analysis (JDA) training courses.
Lynn enjoys pilates, yoga, tennis, racketball and golf and, as such, appreciates the need for the client to return to previous hobbies.
Lynn’s commitment to ongoing professional development can be demonstrated by her completing the PINC & STEEL international cancer rehabilitation course in May 2019.
Lynn has professional qualifications in Pilates, Advanced Communication skills, Tissue mobilization, Mindfulness, CBT and Vocational rehabilitation, which in combination with her oncology experience, provide the unique skills to offer such a bespoke service.
Lynn has just recently become an ambassador for 5K Your Way which launched in Leeds on Oct 26th 2019.
New for 2020 will be a walking group and an exercise group both aimed at providing support and safe exercise specifically for those affected by cancer in a more personalised setting.
Lynn’s voluntary work involves attending meetings with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance; the Yorkshire Cancer Community and gives talks to cancer support groups.
The cancer effects and how we can help
Treatments for cancer typically include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and endocrine therapies. The effects of these treatments commonly cause many patients to develop unwanted side effects leading to significant negative impacts on quality of life. Treatment effects may lead to physical impairments including pain, fatigue, lymphoedema, weakness, restricted range of motion, joint pain, and osteoporosis. Treatment is also known to adversely affect physical function, body weight and cardiovascular health.
These impairments may adversely affect a person’s participation in activities of daily living and/or carrying out their interests and hobbies, their employment and negatively impact healthy lifestyle behaviours such as regular exercise. Therefore, we believe it would be of great benefit for those affected, no matter the extent, to have our professional help. We can provide help not only for the physical effects of cancer treatments but also provide the support required both psychologically and socially in order to accelerate your recovery.