Cancer / Oncology

History: M.R.is a 61 year old female was referred to The Center for Balance with complaints of dizziness and balance problems and a history of multiple falls after treatment for lung cancer (chemotherapy and radiation treatments). M.R. describes her present symptoms of dizziness as being unable to focus and she wants, “to be able to stand without holding on and to walk without a cane”. M.R. is employed as a CPA but is unable to work because her dizziness is increased with head and eye movements, unable to read her computer, and feels unsafe ambulating, “I can’t even get to work”. M.R. also complains of fatigue, poor endurance, and being unable to perform simple activities of daily living. Patient complained of dizziness intensity 10/10 (10 being severe dizziness, 0 being no dizziness) during activities and a fear of falling 8/10 (10 being a high fear of falling, 0 being no fear of falling).

Treatment: M.R. underwent an individualized treatment program consisting of vestibular strengthening exercises, visual tracking exercises, static and dynamic functional balance exercises, gait balance exercises, obstacle negotiation exercises, and  endurance training exercises.

Results: Upon discharge from physical therapy, M.R. could perform independent activities without suffering from dizziness or a fear of falling. Balance scores were normal Patient had met 100% of her goals and she was able to return to her prior level of activities, stating, “I am good to go”.