You have had your cancer treatment and now it's time to get back to a new normal life. Rehabilitation services physicians and staff will help you adjust to the new you.
Rehabilitation services are designed specifically for your unique needs. Two types of cancer rehabilitation are shared here, but there are many other services that you and your doctor may select to help you recover from your specific situation.
If you've had throat cancer, you've likely had a laryngectomy, where the upper part of your throat is removed. This procedure may result in the loss of voice, along with other physical changes. Speaking may be difficult or impossible without rehabilitation.
You and your doctor may choose the option of your being fitted for a voice prosthesis, to help you to speak again. Once the prosthesis is in place, you'll need to learn how to talk with your new prosthesis.
Speech pathologists will be there every step of the way helping you to talk, teaching you how to care for your prosthesis and assisting you with other life changes. It's hard work, but worth it.
For more information, call (740) 454-4218, or toll-free, 1-800-322-4762, extension 4218.
When cancer affects your lymph system, part of your circulatory system that helps remove fluid from tissues, you may experience lymphedema.
Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part caused by abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. The swelling usually occurs in the arms, legs, neck or abdominal area. If untreated, lymphedema can progress to a point that it significantly impacts quality of life with discomfort and loss of function.
Treatment is provided by an occupational therapist with special training in lymphedema. It may include lymph drainage, massage, bandaging, exercise, education and techniques for home management, and occurs five times a week for about two weeks.
A physician referral is required. For more information on lymphedema rehab, call (740) 455-5151 or toll-free, 1-800-322-4762, ext. 5151.
Genesis Rehabilitation Services offers an outpatient program designed to help women recover from breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program emphasizes preventing lymphedema (swelling resulting from blocked or removed lymph glands), improving and maintaining shoulder range of motion and strength, and improving the overall fitness level of cancer survivors.
You can benefit from the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program at any point in treatment, from pre-surgery, to radiation or chemotherapy, to remission. When you arrive for your first visit, you’ll be given a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation to determine where you need help. The physical therapist then designs a treatment program specifically for you. Treatment may include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and patient education.
The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program is conveniently located at the Genesis Center for Occupational and Outpatient Rehabilitation (COOR) near Genesis-Good Samaritan.
A physician’s order is required to participate. If you are a breast cancer survivor who feels you might benefit from the program, talk with your doctor. For more information, call (740) 455-5151.