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Meet Sean

Life was good to Sean Flaherty. He had a great marriage, two wonderful children and a successful career in finance. Sean was also a life-long athlete, so a nagging sore throat wasn't going to slow him down, but he just couldn't kick it so he went to the doctor.

What is cancer rehabilitation?Physical Therapist Helping Patient

Cancer rehabilitation helps you live the life you want to live. It can decrease pain, improve fatigue and quality of life and can help you get back to your life roles (mother, caretaker, brother, friend, among others). Services help with everything from addressing pain, fatigue and balance; building a physical activity/exercise program and coping with and rebuilding from physical and/or cognitive issues.

Why is cancer rehabilitation a good choice?

Sixty (60) percent of all people affected by cancer have at least one physical or functional issue as a result of their cancer treatment.24, 26 This can happen all at once or over time. In addition, 25 to 60 percent of experience lasting pain,7 while 80 to 90 percent deal with fatigue related to their cancer.15

ReVital's highly skilled and certified physical, occupational and speech therapists are experts at helping individuals overcome the vast array of cancer treatment-induced issues. Our therapists have completed a comprehensive cancer rehabilitation education program and are taught the nation's latest evidence-based best practices.

How ReVital can help you

As a person with cancer who is either receiving or has completed treatment, are you experiencing any of the following issues?

  • Pain following cancer treatments?
  • Difficulty with your balance? Have you recently fallen or almost fallen?
  • Have you noticed either persistent or intermittent swelling in your legs, arms, feet, hands, back, breast, face or abdomen?
  • Are you experiencing numbness or tingling in your hands or feet?
  • Are you having difficulty with daily living activities, such as toileting, dressing, bathing, driving, managing medications, etc.?
  • Are you having a hard time swallowing?
  • Are you having difficulty remembering things or multitasking?
  • Are you experiencing any bowel or bladder incontinence?
  • Are you having any sexual health issues (pain with intercourse?) 
  • Do you feel an overwhelming fatigue or weakness?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, a ReVital-certified therapist can help.

ReVital‘s certified physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists are specially trained to address these challenges. Their goal is to help advance your recovery and improve your quality of life, helping you live well beyond cancer.

Ask Your Physician About Cancer Rehabilitation

Key questions to ask your physician:
  • Do I need a prescription for cancer rehabilitation?
  • How can rehabilitation relieve my pain?
  • May I go to a clinic that specializes in cancer rehabilitation?
  • When can I start cancer rehabilitation therapy?
  • Can I have baseline measurements before treatment?*

For your convenience, you can download a physician referral form to share with your doctor here.

*Baseline measurements are evaluations taken before treatment to better understand any changes in your ability or status that could potentially happen during or after cancer treatment (for example, measures of arm swelling, arm or leg mobility, ability to take care of daily activities, physical health status and strength)

Clinical Services

ReVital therapists understand that every patient is unique. That’s why they individually evaluate each cancer survivor and design a safe, effective rehabilitation program based on that patient’s specific needs. ReVital patients are in the hands of caring, experienced therapists who have had extensive training in the challenges facing cancer survivors.

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Our skilled physical therapists work with each patient to develop a safe, effective rehabilitation program customized to that patient’s needs. Depending on the patient’s specific impairments, the therapist can help relieve pain, improve mobility, enhance range of motion and much more. Many of our therapists are specifically trained and certified to treat lymphedema (a type of abnormal swelling), as well as myofascial (soft tissue) restrictions resulting from scarring after surgery or radiation.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists are trained to identify and treat many of the common functional problems that result from cancer and its treatment. Typical issues can range from difficulty with activities of daily life -- dressing, bathing, balancing a check book—to loss of hand function such as  the tingling sensation of neuropathy.

Speech Language Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathologist

Our experienced speech-language pathologists specialize in the evaluation, identification, treatment and prevention of cognition, communication, swallowing and voice disorders. Survivors of a brain tumor or head and neck cancer, for instance, may see significant improvement through rehabilitation focusing on speech-language.

Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology

Our neuropsychologists are trained to assess cognitive issues associated with cancer and its treatment.  Patients with difficulty  concentrating and thinking clearly after chemotherapy may have impairments that can be treated to improve quality of life.

Doctor and Patient Talking

Recently Diagnosed?

Learn how you can prepare for cancer treatment with Prehabilitation.

Prehabilitation, or prehab, provides newly diagnosed cancer patients with a full picture of what they can expect during all phases of their cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and cancer rehabilitation therapy. Informed patients typically experience less anxiety and are more aware of potential complications leading them to seek medical attention promptly, should possible problems arise.

Prehab often includes routine exercises to ensure the patient is in optimal shape which allows for a better recovery, maximum function and quality of life.

Prehab may include:
  • Pre- and post-surgical exercises
  • Education regarding surgery
  • Information on potential complications such as managing fatigue
  • Access to community resources
  • Baseline measures - initial measurements taken to represent a beginning condition and used for comparison over time to look for changes
  • Introduction to therapy/therapists
References
  • 7. Miller KD, Siegel RL, Lin CC, et al. Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2016. CA: a cancer journal for clinicians. 2016;66(4):271-289.
  • 15. Hofman M, Ryan JL, Figueroa-Moseley CD, Jean-Pierre P, Morrow GR. Cancer-related fatigue: the scale of the problem. The oncologist. 2007;12(Supplement 1):4-10.
  • 24. Cheville AL, Troxel AB, Basford JR, Kornblith AB. Prevalence and treatment patterns of physical impairments in patients with metastatic breast cancer. Journal of clinical oncology: official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2008;26(16):2621.
  • 26. Cheville AL, Kornblith AB, Basford JR. An examination of the causes for the underutilization of rehabilitation services among people with advanced cancer. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2011;90(5 Suppl 1):S27-37.