With more than 1.4 million newly diagnosed cases per year, cancer has established itself as a major area of focus for clinical care, medical research and public interest. Cancer rehabilitation focuses on comprehensive patient care to provide improved quality of life with physiatric intervention.
With an emphasis on the preventive, supportive, restorative and palliative aspects of care, physiatrists are finding many roles where they can make a significant impact on their patient's lives. A variety of treatment options can provide both short-term and long-term solutions to common functional and symptomatic issues.
At Carolinas Rehabilitation, we have worked extensively to expand the services we offer cancer patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our goal is to provide excellent care in an effort to improve quality of life and functionality for individuals with cancer.
Whether we are treating neurological disorders secondary to brain and spinal tumors, providing prosthetic care for individuals with sarcoma resection, helping breast cancer patients with lymphedema management, helping patients with hematopoietic disease manage or reduce fatigue, or addressing nutritional deficiencies in gastrointestinal carcinomas, we take significant pride in the services we can offer our patients.
The cancer rehabilitation team at Carolinas Rehabilitation will individually tailor the patient's inpatient program to best meet the patient's needs and will work to return the patient to the highest level of functioning possible. Due to a collaboration with Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas Rehabilitation can help coordinate both oncological and rehabilitation services with minimal disruptions to the patient's schedule.
Once admitted, the patient will be assigned to this team, led by a cancer-specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. This physician will work with all other rehabilitation professionals to design the best course of treatment for each patient. In addition to the physician, the dedicated team includes physical, occupational or speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, clinical care managers and other clinicians.
The cancer rehabilitation team participates in regular educational activities with specific focus on cancer rehabilitation topics and actively pursues research to discover further information that will lead to improved functional outcomes. By bringing together a full complement of rehabilitation professionals, this patient-focused team uses innovative and unique techniques with clearly established rehabilitation protocols to provide the best quality of care for their own patients.
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