Oncology Rehabilitation is an integral part of Infirmary Cancer Care Service Line. Spanning Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy, oncology rehabilitation is provided throughout the continuum of cancer care from pre-habilitation (preparing patients for cancer treatment) through inpatient care and into outpatient rehabilitation. Oncology rehabilitation therapists specialize in therapy to mitigate the development of long term side effects associated with oncology treatment.
The goal at Infirmary Cancer Care is to see patients early in their cancer journey - either at the point of diagnosis before active treatment begins, or in the acute phase of their healing from surgery, during and immediately post-radiation, and during and immediately post-chemotherapy. However, no matter the stage of the healing trajectory of cancer patients, It is never too late to start rehabilitation. Infirmary Cancer Care is committed to working with any oncology patient in any phase or stage of their care. For more information, call 251-435-2273 (CARE).
- Are you lacking joint range of motion or having pain that may or may not be accompanied by swelling since cancer surgery?
- Do you notice weakness in your affected limbs?
- Do you have achiness / heaviness or fatigue in your arms, legs or side as your activity levels increase?
- Are you having trouble getting your energy back or having disproportionate fatigue to your activity level after cancer treatments?
- Are you unsure of how much to safely exercise during or after your cancer treatments?
- Are you unsteady or dizzy with a fear of falling or experiencing numbness or tingling in your feet or hands since chemo treatments?
- Are you experiencing “chemo brain” symptoms such as difficulty finding words or slowed mental processing?
Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Specialized treatment protocols for patients both preoperatively, and post-mastectomy, post-lumpectomy, post reconstructive surgery, as well as during and following both chemotherapy and radiation. Our best results are achieved with early referral (2-3 weeks post-surgery or during active chemotherapy and/or radiation). We address pain, stiffness, fibrosis, cording, range of motion, postural stabilization, joint & muscle side effects, functional mobility, as well as facilitating the healing of the lymphatic system.
This program spans all neurological diagnoses and addresses fall prevention; gait & functional mobility concerns, chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, balance difficulties, dizziness/vestibular disorders, and neuro-sensory impairments.
Pelvic & Colorectal Cancer Rehabilitation
This program focuses on gynecological, colorectal and prostate oncology. We address urinary issues (incontinence, frequency, urgency); gastrointestinal irregularities (constipation, fecal incontinence); osteoporosis & bone health; sexual health; pelvic, abdominal, back & hip pain; gait, balance and falls management; and lymphedema management.
Head and Neck Cancer Rehabilitation
The Head & Neck program encompasses both the skills of our Speech-Language Pathologists who bring a broad range of services to offer to this population including treatment of: dysphagia i.e. swallowing difficulties from chemo, radiation, and surgery; facial paralysis; oral-motor deficits i.e. inability to move tongue, lips, cheeks and jaw; nutrition education; and altered cognitive status/chemo-brain i.e. cognitive impairments d/t radiation, chemo, or placement of the tumor. Other treatments for head and neck cancer patients include the treatment of fibrosis of the head and neck as well as lymphedema management in the head and neck.
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Exercise Prescription During and After Cancer
The cancer exercise program spans all cancer diagnoses with the express aims of attenuating fatigue, improving cardio-respiratory performance, enhancing muscular strength and endurance, and increasing flexibility and balance.
This program is targeted to start at the sub-clinical level of lymphedema (before patients develop significant lymphedema symptoms), which provides opportunity for the lymphatic system and/or the lymphedema condition and its symptoms to be significantly reduced if treatment is administered at this early stage of onset. We work with all oncology-based lymphedema diagnoses