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Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, understanding what to expect can help you cope. You may be facing many types of treatment, from chemotherapy to surgery, all of which can lead to reduced function and inability to participate in daily activities. Whether you are newly diagnosed, currently receiving treatment or your treatment is over, the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Cancer Rehabilitation Program can help restore function and improve daily life. This program uses a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach designed to provide outpatient rehabilitation for all cancer patients and survivors. We create customized programs to address your unique needs and abilities.

A physician referral is required to begin treatment. A licensed therapist performs an individualized evaluation of the patient’s status and identifies his/ her rehabilitation needs; a plan of care is established to address the patient’s impairments and work toward maximizing his/her functional abilities.

The following list details some of the conditions a rehab professional can address with a cancer survivor to help improve his or her quality of life.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Imbalance
  • Gait problems
  • History of falls
  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • General peripheral neuropathy (weakness, numbness and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet) deconditioning

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

  • Difficulty with activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, dressing)
  • Difficulty with IADLs (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living e.g. chores, shopping)
  • Lymphedema
  • Post-mastectomy pain syndrome
  • Post-surgical scar management

SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPY 

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing and eating)
  • Cognitive problems
  • Voice problems
  • Communication problems