Comprehensive Treatment for All Phases of Cancer Care
in two Americans will develop cancer during their lifetime. While
cancer treatment dramatically increases survivability, many patients
suffer from debilitating side effects during their treatment. They may
be left with permanent, often devastating, physical impairments. These
impairments can lead to an increased risk of other illnesses or a lower
quality of life.
Improving Quality of Life
Rehabilitation can substantially improve quality of life. Cancer
survivors who develop symptoms such as the following will benefit from a
focused rehabilitative program that addresses these and other problems
during any phase of cancer therapy:
- Shortness of breath
- Non-cancer related pain
- Vocal problems
- Hearing problems
- Difficulty with daily living activities, such as self-care
- Difficulty walking or rising from a chair
We offer skilled professionals who recognize the need to address
these disabling impairments associated with cancer treatment. We work to
help restore cancer survivors’ optimum level of physical health and
maximize enjoyment for life.
“I am so grateful to the St.Vincent oncology rehabilitation program. I
feel so healthy now, and my cancer is in remission. I owe much of my
strong recovery to them.”
– a recent St.Vincent patient
Types of Therapies
Our licensed clinicians offer a wide range of therapies for the cancer survivor including:
- Physical therapy — therapeutic strategies including
flexibility, strengthening, reconditioning, debilitation risk reduction,
postural retraining, pain management, manual therapy, aquatic therapy
and wound care.
- Occupational therapy — energy conservation
strategies, adaptive equipment recommendations and therapeutic
activities to enhance activities of daily living.
- Speech-language pathology — therapy to address the
quality and tone of the voice following cancer treatment, disorders,
and/or surgery. This may include fitting for a voice prosthesis due to
removal of larynx, or therapy with an electronic device for speech.
- Audiology — monitoring ears for damage or hearing
loss that can result from chemotherapy. Includes evaluation during and
following cancer treatments and intervention with hearing aids and or
cochlear implant as needed.
“Thanks to [my therapist’s] help and support, I was in the hospital
for only three weeks after my stem cell transplant. That was about half
the expected recovery time.”
– a recent St.Vincent patient
Rehabilitation Oncology Services
These services address all phases of cancer care. They are tailored
to meet patients’ needs before, during and after medical cancer
- Debilitation risk reduction—minimizes functional decline during cancer treatment.
- Functional mobility restoration—restores physical function after cancer treatment.
- Post-surgical oncology procedures—aim to return patients to their
pre-surgical function and prepare for the possibility of further
- Pre-surgical oncology procedures—prepare the patient for possible impairments and physical side effects from surgery.
- Pain management—provides non-pharmacology methods to cope with and manage pain.
- Lymphedema Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)—assists in
prevention, treatment and management for survivors who develop secondary
- Pelvic pain and dysfunction—provides specialized interventions to
address bowel/bladder incontinence and pain in the lower abdominal and
pelvic floor areas.
- Health care provider training—trains the caregiver to safely help
the cancer survivor with physical activities without risk of injury to
"I am honored that I am able to work with cancer fighters and be a part of their recovery.”
– St.Vincent therapist