Physical, occupational, or speech therapy treatments are routine for patients
who have had joint replacements, or a stroke. But what about oncology
patients? According to the American College of Surgeons Commission on
Cancer, rehabilitation services are “an absolutely essential part
of cancer care”. Many oncology patients undergo debilitating treatments
such as chemotherapy, radiationand surgery but unfortunately are not prescribed the comprehensive rehabilitation
services they need to address the resulting physical impairments.
Once patients have completed treatment they “fall through the cracks”.
Their cancer may be gone but they can’t move and function like they
need to in order to return to a normal life. Cancer treatments such as
chemotherapy and radiation can cause weakness, fatigue, pain, numbness,
and unsteadiness. Patients may have difficulty with daily activities such
as walking, writing, grooming and eating. Some, such as those who have
had head and neck cancer, have difficulty swallowing, or with speech and
neck movements after treatment. Patients may suffer from chronic swelling,
known as lymphedema, as a result of damage to the lymphatic system. All
of these impairments and functional limitations can be addressed by either
physical, occupational or speech therapy.
According to Jeremy Frye, PT, DPT Director for Outpatient Rehabilitation
Services at CVMC, “Healthcare in general needs to do a better job
of helping cancer survivors live their lives”.
CVMC’s Center for Rehabilitationoffers comprehensive rehabilitation services tailored specifically to cancer
patients and their unique therapeutic needs. We also offer a Medical Fitness
Association certified fitness center. For more information on how rehabilitation
services may be beneficial to you or your loved one, please contact the
Center for Rehabilitation which is located at 810 Fairgrove Church Rd
SE, Hickory, NC 28602 by calling 828-326-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.We offer a number of programs to help cancer survivors live their lives
to the fullest – Jeremy Frye, PT, DPT director of outpatient rehabilitation
services at CVMC,