Cancer can affect multiple aspects of a person’s well-being, impacting their physical, mental and functional abilities. Because of this, patients suffering from these the side effects of cancer and its treatments could benefit from inpatient rehabilitation.
Oncology rehabilitation programs can provide advanced technologies and treatments targeting all affected areas for an improved quality of life.
When beginning any oncology treatment program, a team of rehabilitation experts gets to know each patient’s prognosis and future treatment plans, discussing expectations for rehabilitation. The team then creates a personalized plan of care for the patient, addressing specific needs for a comprehensive approach to oncology rehabilitative care.
Reaching for the right program at the right time
To ensure oncology patients get the most out of their rehabilitation, they must first be medically stable and able to tolerate at least three hours of therapy a day, five days a week. Once admitted into a rehabilitation program, patients may be evaluated in the following areas:
• Cancer diagnosis
• Cancer/paraneoplastic syndromes
• Complications of immobility/inactivity
• Issues resulting from medical treatment
• Issues resulting from surgical intervention
Working together one on one
Working with each patient on an individual basis, your oncology rehabilitation treatment team could include:
• Board-certified physiatrist
• Case manager/social worker
• Internal medicine/medical oncologist
• Occupational therapists
• Physical therapists
• Rehabilitation nurses specializing in rehabilitation
• Speech-language pathologists
Prioritizing therapeutic goals
All of your team members should be focused on one goal–to get the patient back home with a higher quality of life by closely working with the patient and the family to:
• Improve functioning by maximizing ability at home, work and in the community
• Manage symptoms
• Support caregivers through education and equipment