Cancer rehabilitation is available for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer even before surgery has been performed. Pre-surgery assessments may be administered to give a comparison of movements and swelling before and after surgery. At the time of the pre-surgery assessment, the individual is given a home exercise program and information on what to expect following surgery. Post-surgical assessments may be done when requested by a physician.
After surgery, individuals often complain of increased swelling, pain, scar tissue, and/or decreased range of motion of the affected area or extremity. Rehabilitation can be used to address any or all of these areas, as well as emotional issues. If these problems are not corrected, patients may experience a permanent reduction or loss of function in the affected area or extremity.
Patients can start rehabilitation at the time the diagnosis of cancer is made. (A pre-surgery assessment is helpful, and a post-operative evaluation is necessary before beginning rehabilitation). Patients with lymphedema may begin at any time after diagnosis.
The cancer rehabilitation/lymphedema program offers:
- Prevention and reduction of swelling
- Improving the use of the affected extremity
- Therapeutic massage and exercise
- Lymphedema education and treatment
- Pain reduction and control
- Scar tissue reduction
- Home exercise program
- Community resource information
The Cancer Rehabilitation program also addresses the importance of exercise after a cancer diagnosis has been made. One of the best ways to gain strength, fight fatigue, and maximize your long-term health is to exercise. Evidence has shown that exercise is not only safe for patients undergoing cancer treatment, but also prevents the physical decline associated with these treatments and decreases anxiety.
At Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, we've developed a dedicated therapy and medical fitness program to assist patients going through chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Our specially trained therapists personalize an exercise program tailored to your needs, taking into consideration your prior fitness level, type of cancer and type of cancer treatment you are receiving. As a patient, you'll undergo a pre-exercise evaluation including screening for lymphedema, as well as assessment of your current fitness level. Throughout the program, your fatigue and blood values are also monitored with the help of your physician to ensure your physical therapy has a positive impact on your cancer recovery.
Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation works closely with the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute's commitment to providing exceptional patient care. Florida Hospital Cancer Institute (FHCI) is the largest cancer center in Central Florida, recognized worldwide for its comprehensive, state-of-the-art care and reputation as a destination cancer care facility. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the latest treatments and technologies, managed by an experienced, knowledgeable team that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to providing compassionate care that focuses on the most positive outcomes possible. For more information on FHCI, visit https://www.floridahospitalcancer.com/.