Cancer treatments are literally lifesavers. But they can also cause physical, emotional and social issues that affect your quality of life. Levine Cancer Institute partners with many convenient rehabilitation facilities to provide patients with comprehensive cancer rehabilitation - physician-supervised programs specifically for people who have undergone treatment for all types of cancer. These programs address the individual needs of patients and their particular type of cancer, and can often improve function, reduce pain and improve overall well-being.
We want to see our patients regain as much independence as possible and improve their quality of life. This includes managing pain, building strength through exercise, improving bowel and bladder function and keeping patients out of the hospital. Rehabilitation may include:
- Pain medications and pain management techniques
- Exercise programs
- Activities to improve movement and decrease sleep problems
- Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, handwriting, cooking and basic housekeeping
- Quit-smoking aids
- Stress, anxiety and depression management
- Nutritional counseling
- Management of chronic illness or complications due to cancer treatments
- Vocational counseling
Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment and is the accumulation of fluid in the arms and legs resulting from damaged lymphatic vessels. Levine Cancer Institute partners with occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PTs) specially trained and certified in lymphedema treatment. Treatment commonly includes manual lymph drainage, skin care, exercise and compression bandaging which can be provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
For more information about Cancer Rehabilitation or the Lymphedema Program, call 1-877-REHAB51 (877-734-2251).