Oncology / Cancer Rehabilitation
Cancer is a life-threatening disease. It is tough to imagine the ordeals faced by a patient who has undergone or is undergoing cancer treatment. It can have deep physical, social and psychological impact on the patient. Oncology Rehabilitation is a program that enables patients to maximize their physical and emotional recovery.
Oncology Rehabilitation also known as Cancer Rehabilitation is a constant before, during and after cancer treatment as it sets the patient on a path of fuller and quicker recovery to enjoy a quality and confident life. Oncology Rehabilitation includes a wide range of therapies focused on enabling the patients to build strength and endurance, regain independence, reduce stress and maintain the energy to perform the daily activities important to them.
Oncology Rehabilitation Team
Our in-house Oncology Rehabilitation team includes Critical Care Doctors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Mental Health Professionals, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), Rehabilitation Nurses and more. Our in-patient Oncology Rehabilitation Team is head by our experienced Oncologists. Oncology patients have unique health needs before, during and after treatment. Depending on the specific type of cancer and treatment, our team of experienced therapists and physicians at SIA, work with individuals to understand their needs and provide solutions to a wide range of conditions. Some of those conditions are as follows:
- Bone health concerns
- Trouble with day-to-day activities
- Memory problems
- Talking and swallowing difficulty
- Swelling / Lymphedema
- Issues with balancing and walking
As a part of our Oncology Rehabilitation Program, we mainly offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
The goal of physical therapy in Oncology Rehabilitation is to improve strength, mobility, flexibility, and endurance. To achieve this goal, our physical therapists at SIA work with patients to design an exercise program to meet their unique needs. These exercises help the patient return to a more active lifestyle and address other problems such as fatifue, balance, pelvic pain, etc.
Our Occupational Therapists at SIA assess the patient’s individual strength, coordination, and endurance that hinder their daily routine. They help the patient by teaching them techniques to go about their routine activities in a simpler manner.
Speech and language pathology (SLP):
Speech and language pathology addresses many pertinent problems such as difficulty in talking, swallowing, dry mouth, etc. post the cancer treatment. It also helps relieve symptoms of throat and chest cancer treatment which include coughing, drooling, unsafe swallowing patterns and ‘wet’ voice.
Our Oncology team helps the patient improve their health and enables them to return to normal life as soon as possible. Survivors benefit a great deal with Oncology Rehabilitation services at SIA.