Cancer Rehabilitation Therapists
Cancer is a unique and complex disease, requiring multiple medical professionals to help individuals manage and achieve the best possible life after diagnosis. Many cancer treatments result in long-term conditions that can often leave individuals with a very different “normal” life than prior to diagnosis.Pain, cancer-related fatigue, neuropathy and cognitive impairment (“chemo brain” or “chemo fog”) can cause individuals to drastically alter their physical, functional, vocational and social engagements. Current evidence finds up to 60 to 90 percent of adults diagnosed with cancer report at least one need for cancer rehabilitation (physical, functional, falling, cognitive impairment, etc.) related to their treatment.1-5
Due to cancer’s complex nature, a deep understanding of the disease and its various treatment interventions, as well as its potential adverse effects on the body, is required to achieve optimal physical, functional and cognitive outcomes. ReVital’s cancer rehabilitation specialists have extensive training in the short-, long- and late- term side effects of cancer treatment. They understand the impact of cancer treatment on an individual’s ability to be physically active, functional (risk factors for high-symptom burden both for the short- and long- term) and have a good quality of life. Our therapists have the expertise and tools to prescribe a safe, effective multimodal physical activity and self-management education program for people with all cancer types. Our therapists are educated on the latest evidence to ensure that treatment programs follow best practice guidelines and standards. Additionally, the ReVital training program includes competencies designed to ensure the highest quality care. It also requires ongoing education to continue building therapists’ base of knowledge and skills that align with the most current research findings. Together we can partner to help people live well beyond cancer.