Occupational Therapy for Cancer

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with cancer. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with cancer?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with cancer in several ways:

1. Promoting independence:

Occupational therapists focus on enabling individuals to perform daily activities independently. They can assess the physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities of cancer patients and suggest adaptations or modifications to support their independence in activities such as dressing, bathing, cooking, and household chores.

2. Managing fatigue:

Cancer and its treatments often lead to fatigue, which can significantly impact a person’s ability to engage in activities. Occupational therapists help patients conserve energy and establish strategies to manage fatigue. They may teach energy conservation techniques, provide education on pacing activities, and suggest assistive devices or adaptive equipment to reduce physical strain.

3. Enhancing mobility and physical functioning:

Cancer treatment may cause physical limitations, such as reduced strength, mobility, range of motion, or balance. Occupational therapists can provide exercises, stretches, and mobility training tailored to each individual’s needs. They may also recommend specialized equipment or assistive devices to improve mobility and decrease the risk of falls.

4. Addressing cognitive changes:

Cancer and its treatments can result in cognitive changes such as difficulties with memory, attention, and problem-solving. Occupational therapists can develop cognitive rehabilitation programs to improve these skills. They may provide strategies for memory and attention deficits, teach compensatory techniques, and suggest environmental modifications to promote safety and independence.

5. Emotional support and mental well-being:

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can have profound emotional and psychological effects. Occupational therapists play a vital role in addressing these issues by providing emotional support and coping strategies. They may incorporate relaxation techniques, stress management, and mindfulness practices into therapy sessions to improve mental well-being.

6. Returning to work or daily roles:

Occupational therapists work with cancer survivors to navigate the process of returning to work or resuming their previous roles and responsibilities. They assist in identifying work modifications, providing training in adaptive strategies, and supporting patients in gradually reintegrating into their occupational roles.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance the quality of life, promote independence, and maximize occupational functioning for individuals with cancer by addressing physical, cognitive, emotional, and social challenges.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with cancer. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for cancer

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with cancer in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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