At Memorial Cancer Institute, we use the most advanced and effective cancer treatments. But even the best treatments can have unwanted side effects. Some are temporary — lasting only during treatment — while others may linger for months or even years.
The goal of cancer rehabilitation is to ease those symptoms, restore your strength and improve your ability to live life to the fullest.
What Is Cancer Rehabilitation?
Cancer rehabilitation is a collection of services that support your well-being during and after cancer treatment. While you’re receiving treatment, you may notice changes that make it more difficult to do daily tasks and activities you enjoy.
The experts in our Cancer Rehabilitation Program can help with symptoms and side effects including:
- Bladder or bowel control
- Decreased endurance
- Lingering pain
- Memory loss or brain fog
- Mobility and/or balance issues
- Movement impairments
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling from nerve damage (neuropathy)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Swelling that lasts more than a week
- Trouble chewing or swallowing
- Voice hoarseness
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Our Cancer Rehabilitation Services
Cancer rehabilitation aims to help you reach your highest level of function so you can lead a better quality of life. Our rehabilitation program involves:
- Individualized assessments and treatment plans
- Collaboration with community resources
- Coordination among therapists, physicians, and caregivers to achieve continuity of care
To help you feel like yourself again after treatment, you’ll work with a team of caring experts who can address and improve any post-treatment symptoms. Your cancer rehabilitation team may include:
- Physicians (including specialists in pain management and sexual and urinary function)
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
- Psychologist or other mental health counselors
- Clinical exercise physiologist (in collaboration with our Cancer Recovery Program)