PINC Cancer Rehabilitation


PINC Cancer Rehabilitation

PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Program

PINC is a dedicated program to help improve the strength, quality of life and sense of wellbeing of women diagnosed with cancer. 


The PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Program provides individualised, prescribed rehabilitation to women diagnosed with cancer; helping them heal as well as possible and to function at optimal levels through every stage of their treatment and recovery

The Program is delivered by certified PINC Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist Nicky Sykes here at Sussex Physio Pilates.

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PINC Program Aims and Treatments

PINC Program Aims and Treatments

The PINC program aims to help you 

  • Optimise physical and functional recovery

  • Ease pain and muscular tension

  • Regain strength and mobility

  • Increase energy levels and improve breathing

  • Strengthen core muscles and improve posture

  • Improve physical functioning and maintain independence

  • Reclaim body confidence and control

  • Reduce treatment related side effects and

  • Shift focus from illness to wellness

Our services include

  • Manual physiotherapy

  • Physical and functional assessments

  • Individualised Clinical Pilates

  • Fatigue management

  • Resistance training

  • Exercise prescription

Phases of recovery

The PINC rehabilitation program is chronologically formatted into 4 phases.   The timing of each phase is dependent upon the persons’s physical condition, the length of the healing process, the type of surgery involved and the courses of adjuvant treatments.

  • Pre Op Phase – is designed to help patients before their cancer surgery. It involves a pre-op assessment and education to identify any factors that may affect recovery from surgery and return to work. A pre-op rehab plan will be devised for each individual which will include specific exercises to strength muscles and improve stamina ; education and functional guidance.

  • Post Op Phase – designed to assist in the healing process of patients who are recently post surgery. It aims to restore strength and flexibility to particular joints and muscle groups that have become weak and inflexible as a result of surgery. Includes manual physiotherapy and gentle modified exercises to maximise recovery from surgery, education and functional guidance for home and work.

  • Adjuvant Cancer Treatment Phase – designed to improve energy levels and maintain health during cancer treatments to reduce the impact on physical functioning and overall conditioning. It aims to help patients manage fatigue, flexibility, strength and stamina to reduce time off work, muscle wasting and functional impairment. In addition to focusing on stretching and strengthening exercises for the upper and lower extremities, it contains workouts to improve abdominal strength and spinal stability; education about fatigue management, home and work based modifications and cardiovascular exercise.

  • Fitness Phase – Designed to facilitate overall conditioning to increase physical stamina after treatments are completed. It aims to improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility to increase endurance, elevate the metabolism, improve muscle tone and body composition. The exercise selection focuses on improving physical functioning to maximise recovery to return to work, and living a full and productive life. Education on fatigue management, return to work, sport and leisure activities.

You can start the PINC program at any stage of the 4 Phases of recovery.

The PINC program it is suitable after any type of cancer surgery or treatment and accommodates all ages, fitness levels and mobility.


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