Living Well Beyond Cancer Survivor Series
The Living Well Beyond Cancer Survivor Series is designed to help individuals with cancer, their families and caregivers build knowledge around the side effects people often experience because of cancer and its treatment.
Throughout the series, we will be joined by many cancer rehabilitation experts who will share their knowledge of common side effects, highlight early warning signs and explain how ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation therapists can help people proactively manage and overcome these impairments.
Whether you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed, are undergoing active treatment or are transitioning/have transitioned into survivorship, this program is for you.
Our goal is to help individuals with cancer prepare and live well. We hope you will join us.
How to Function When You Can’t Feel: Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a major challenge with cancer treatments using potentially neurotoxic chemotherapy to improve cancer cure and survival. Acute CIPN occurs during chemotherapy, sometimes requiring dose reduction or cessation, impacting on survival. Around 30% of patients will still have CIPN a year, or more, after finishing chemotherapy.
Whilst in many cases, acute CIPN will resolve after finishing chemotherapy, in a number of cases, it will persist, resulting in chronic symptoms, months, or even years later. Luckily, there are treatments and programs to help you battle those symptoms.
In this session, Karyn will discuss:
- How to understand CIPN
- The common symptoms of CIPN
- How cancer rehab can help manage CIPN
- Recognizing and managing the symptoms
Watch AgainHow to Improve Balance and Reduce Your Risk of Falls
Join ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Center Manager Dr. Cory Hall as he discusses the risk of inhibited balance and how that can lead to increased fall injuries. In this session of the Living Well Beyond Cancer series, Cory walks you through:
- The common causes of falls and how we stay balanced
- The importance and benefits of exercise and physical activity
- Modifying your environment to reduce falls
- Proper equipment aids
- What to do if you experience a fall
It is our hope that you will leave this conversation understanding the benefit of improving balance and know the signs to watch for to prevent falls.
Living Well Beyond Cancer – Survivor Panel
Join our panel of cancer survivors as they discuss how they’ve managed to navigate survivorship with the help of cancer rehabilitation and their supportive communities. In this session of Living Well Beyond Cancer, our panelists walk you through:
- The treatments they may have received and the challenges those caused
- The difficulties of navigating everyday life following treatment
- How cancer rehabilitation has played a role in their recovery
It is our hope that you will leave this conversation with a deeper understanding of the cancer survivor community and all the ways they have benefited from cancer rehabilitation.
Your secret weapon against cancer… Exercise
Staying as active as you can during and after cancer treatment is key to optimizing your ability to do what matters.
Join ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Therapist Deanna Meehan as she discusses why following a routine exercise plan can help manage any late and lasting effects of cancer treatment and help you live longer with a better quality of life.
In this session Deanna will discuss:
- The importance and benefits of exercise and physical activity
- General exercise guidelines for individuals affected by cancer
- Tips to starting and maintaining a healthy exercise and physical activity routine
- When and why you may need an exercise expert
- Who are the experts?
- Roles of exercise experts including rehabilitation therapists, exercise physiologists and athletic trainers
After viewing, we hope viewers will be able to describe the benefits of a routine exercise program and when to reach out for support.
Let’s talk about sex and cancer
Join ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program Director Hilary Hinrichs as she discusses an important component of one’s overall health, after receiving cancer treatment – sexual health. In this session of the Living Well Beyond Cancer series, Hilary discusses:
- Sexual health and dysfunction
- How cancer, or cancer treatment, may affect sexual health
- Examples of sexual limitations that may benefit from physical or occupational therapy
- How to initiate conversations about sexual health
It is our hope that you will leave this conversation knowing that sexual health is important and there is support available to help you reach your potential.
Tips for navigating the holidays
The holiday season can be a joyful time, but it can also leave you feeling overwhelmed and a little stressed – especially when managing the challenges of cancer. In this session Jessika Wheeler, occupational therapist and ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program director, shares tips and tricks to help you prepare for this busy time.
Jessika details strategies to help you with:
- Time management
- Energy conservation
- Socializing and setting boundaries
- Planning for religious traditions
- Asking for help when you need it
- Staying active
- Practicing mindfulness
You will leave this session with a toolkit that will help to make your well-being a priority while also enjoying special traditions and time with those you love.View the Video
Taking charge of cancer-related cognitive decline
Join Erica Guardascione, speech-language pathologist and ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation therapist as she discusses how patients can take charge of their cancer-related cognitive decline (CRCD), a side effect experienced by many people who have had or are undergoing cancer treatment.
In this session Erica will:
- Explain what CRCD is and what factors often cause and impact this treatment’s related side effects
- Discuss how CRCD can impact your day-to-day activities
- Provide guidance on how to improve your cognitive abilities
- Share experiences of patients she and her colleagues have treated over the years who have found great support and relief through therapy
An Introduction to Cancer Rehabilitation
Join Michael D. Stubblefield, MD for an introduction to cancer rehabilitation where he discusses:
- What cancer rehabilitation is and why it is so important for many individuals affected by cancer
- The common impairments ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation therapists can help to manage and overcome
- When cancer rehabilitation should be included in a treatment plan
- The role of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists as cancer rehabilitation clinicians
This session will help you understand the “why” of cancer rehabilitation and how it is possible to maintain function and quality of life during cancer treatment and beyond.View the Video
Cancer Related Fatigue
Join Audrey Stockwell as she explores the impacts of Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) and varying ways cancer rehabilitation therapy can help.
In this session she will:
- Define CRF and how it differs from normal fatigue
- Explain when and how it develops and how to identify it
- Discuss why cancer rehabilitation therapy is important and how it can help to manage CRF
- Provide examples of patients who have successfully managed CRF through rehabilitation therapy
CRF is common among individuals currently undergoing treatment or living with a history of cancer. This session will present many strategies to proactively manage and overcome the challenges of CRF and live well beyond cancer.
How to manage cancer-related pain
Join Daniela Bucio as she discusses one of the most frequently reported side effects of cancer treatment - pain.
In this session Daniela:
- Defines cancer-related pain and describe its multidimension nature
- Explains when pain can provide a benefit vs. knowing if you are experiencing elevated levels of pain
- Helps to identify what may be causing pain
- Explores various cancer rehabilitation strategies that can help to manage pain and provide relief
Although pain is very common among individuals with cancer, Daniela explains that doesn’t mean it is “normal” and is something that you have to endure. She shares many ways that you can take control of your pain and regain quality of life.
Mindfulness and Emotional Support
Join Dr. Loran Vocaturo for an insightful discussion on the practice of mindfulness and its connection to emotional health.
This session will help you understand what mindfulness is, what it is not and why it is beneficial for individuals and families who have been affected by cancer.
The following topics will be explored:
- Different types of stress and impact on health and well-being
- Mindfulness and its benefits
- How to develop mindfulness strategies to promote well-being
- Incorporating a mindfulness practice into daily life
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