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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 is a process that helps cancer survivors obtain and maintain the maximal possible physical, social, psychological, and vocational functioning within the limits created by cancer and its treatments.

Why is cancer rehabilitation a good choice?

Fifty percent of all cancer survivors have at least one physical impairment or functional limitation as a result of their cancer treatment. Those who survive head and neck or breast cancer face even more challenges. In addition, 30 to 50 percent of all survivors experience pain while 60 to 90 percent deal with fatigue related to their cancer.

ReVital's highly skilled physical, occupational and speech therapists are experts at helping cancer survivors overcome the vast array of cancer treatment induced impairments and limitations. Our clinical teams have completed a comprehensive cancer rehabilitation education program steeped in the nation's latest evidence-based best practices.

How ReVital can help you

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

  • Pain due to or 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 tingling in your hands or feet?
  • Are you having difficulty with daily living such as toileting, dressing, bathing, driving etc.?
  • Are you having a hard time swallowing?
  • Are you having difficulty remembering things?
  • Are you experiencing any bowel or bladder incontinence?
  • 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-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.

Ask Your Physician About Cancer Rehabilitation

Key questions to ask your physician:
  • Can I get a prescription for therapy?
  • Aside from prescription medication, what can help relieve my pain?
  • Can I go to a clinic that specializes in cancer rehabilitation?
  • When can I start cancer rehabilitation therapy?
  • Can I have baseline measurements before treatment?*
  • Can I do therapy before treatments start to improve my baseline?

Download a physician referral form to share with your doctor.

*Baseline measurements are initial assessments taken to represent a beginning condition and used over time to look for comparative changes.

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.

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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