Oncology Rehabilitation at St. Vincent includes physical therapists, occupational therapy/lymphedema specialists, speech pathologists and audiologists. These therapies are available at all points in the cancer journey. Oncology Rehabilitation is proven to help keep our patients mobile and active, and help manage cancer treatment side effects, including pain. Working with a therapist can give patients and their families an easier path to the "new normal."
If you are experiencing symptoms from a cancer treatment, contact your physician. He or she may suggest an assessment by St. Vincent Oncology Rehabilitation specialist.
(Note: this list may vary based on the type of cancer treatment you are receiving.)
Each St. Vincent Oncology Rehabilitation therapeutic plan is personalized for your needs and is flexible to adjust to your cancer survivorship goals. Therapies focus on:
Today in Indiana and nationally there more cancer survivors than at any other point in history; that's great news! St. Vincent Cancer Care is prepared to support cancer survivors as they age with an holistic approach to healing the body, mind and spirit.
As part of our comprehensive Cancer Care services, St. Vincent Oncology Rehabilitation Services now has an expanding presence at the St. Vincent Women's Center in Carmel, IN, with dedicated services for improving bone health, pelvic health, lymphedema education and exercise.
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What is Lymphedema?
Chronic swelling, typically in the arms or legs, can occur when the lymph fluid in the blood vessels that removes waste products from the body is deficient. If, as part of surgery, the lymph nodes are removed or the lymphatic pathways are damaged due to trauma, surgery or radiation, lymphedema can result. Visible signs of lymphedema include swelling of the extremities, indentations on the tissue that last several seconds, and a slightly blanched color of tissues where fluid has built up. There are many treatment options available to control lymphedema such as gentle massage to reroute and remove the lymph fluid buildup, exercise programs, lifestyle changes and compression wear and bandaging available at the Women's Health Boutique at St. Vincent Carmel and Women's Center.
Why would I see an audiologist?
Some types of chemotherapy can cause hearing loss. Audiologists will monitor ears during and after cancer treatments and recommend interventions as needed.
Will my speech be impaired?
Each patient experience is different. When the cancerous tumor affects the throat and the vocal cords (larynx) in particular, speech pathologists are available to help.