Cancer Rehabilitation - Helping You Stay Active
Cancer rehabilitation is a program that focuses on helping people with cancer and cancer survivors improve their physical well-being and quality of life. The side effects of cancer and its treatment can linger long after the cancer is in remission. The team involves different types of therapists who work together to focus on limitations that are interfering with your daily life and will work towards setting goals to improve function, quality of life, reduce disability, and help you stay active. We can work with you before, during or after your treatment, including years later, if you are continuing to deal with symptoms or side effects from your treatment.
Ways We Can Help
- Increase strength, endurance and range of motion
- Improve walking, balance and dizziness
- Make daily living and caring for yourself easier
- Improve memory, attention and problem-solving
- Decrease pain and nerve discomfort
- Learn ways to conserve energy
- Improve speech or swallowing problems
- Reduce side effects
Symptoms or Side Effects
Our rehabilitation team treats side effects and conditions related to cancer, chemotherapy and radiation including:
- Cognitive changes
- Fatigue/Decreased stamina
- Decline in balance or falls
- Difficulty walking
- Joint stiffness
- Peripheral neuropathy – numbness/tingling
- Poor endurance or decreased stamina
- Postural changes
- Soft tissue tightness – post-surgical or post-radiation
- Swallowing or speech issues
Types of Cancer Diagnoses
We see all types and stages of cancer.
Cancer Rehabilitation Team
Cancer rehabilitation services are provided by a team of physical, occupational and speech therapists. Our goal is to improve your daily function and overall quality of life during your cancer treatment or cancer survivorship. We work together with you, your family and your caregivers to create unique treatment plans that best fit your lifestyle and goals.
You may need physical therapy if you are having difficulty with walking, balance or dizziness, weakness, pain, soft tissue tightness after surgery or treatment, range of motion, or endurance.
You may need occupational therapy if you are having difficulty with memory or cognitive changes, your daily activities and self-care or swelling of a body part (lymphedema). They can also help with techniques for energy conservation and determine if adaptive equipment would help.
You may need speech therapy if you are having difficulty swallowing or talking.