Cancer Rehabilitation

Comprehensive Treatment for All Phases of Cancer Care

One in two Americans will develop cancer during their lifetime. While cancer treatment dramatically increases survivability, many patients suffer from debilitating side effects during their treatment. They may be left with permanent, often devastating, physical impairments. These impairments can lead to an increased risk of other illnesses or a lower quality of life.

Improving Quality of Life

Rehabilitation can substantially improve quality of life. Cancer survivors who develop symptoms such as the following will benefit from a focused rehabilitative program that addresses these and other problems during any phase of cancer therapy:

  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Non-cancer related pain 
  • Vocal problems 
  • Hearing problems 
  • Difficulty with daily living activities, such as self-care 
  • Difficulty walking or rising from a chair

We offer skilled professionals who recognize the need to address these disabling impairments associated with cancer treatment. We work to help restore cancer survivors’ optimum level of physical health and maximize enjoyment for life.

“I am so grateful to the St.Vincent oncology rehabilitation program. I feel so healthy now, and my cancer is in remission. I owe much of my strong recovery to them.”

– a recent St.Vincent patient

Types of Therapies

Our licensed clinicians offer a wide range of therapies for the cancer survivor including:

  • Physical therapy — therapeutic strategies including flexibility, strengthening, reconditioning, debilitation risk reduction, postural retraining, pain management, manual therapy, aquatic therapy and wound care.
  • Occupational therapy — energy conservation strategies, adaptive equipment recommendations and therapeutic activities to enhance activities of daily living. 
  • Speech-language pathology — therapy to address the quality and tone of the voice following cancer treatment, disorders, and/or surgery. This may include fitting for a voice prosthesis due to removal of larynx, or therapy with an electronic device for speech.
  • Audiology — monitoring ears for damage or hearing loss that can result from chemotherapy. Includes evaluation during and following cancer treatments and intervention with hearing aids and or cochlear implant as needed.

“Thanks to [my therapist’s] help and support, I was in the hospital for only three weeks after my stem cell transplant. That was about half the expected recovery time.”

– a recent St.Vincent patient

Rehabilitation Oncology Services

These services address all phases of cancer care. They are tailored to meet patients’ needs before, during and after medical cancer treatment.

  • Debilitation risk reduction—minimizes functional decline during cancer treatment. 
  • Functional mobility restoration—restores physical function after cancer treatment. 
  • Post-surgical oncology procedures—aim to return patients to their pre-surgical function and prepare for the possibility of further treatment. 
  • Pre-surgical oncology procedures—prepare the patient for possible impairments and physical side effects from surgery. 
  • Pain management—provides non-pharmacology methods to cope with and manage pain. 
  • Lymphedema Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)—assists in prevention, treatment and management for survivors who develop secondary lymphedema. 
  • Pelvic pain and dysfunction—provides specialized interventions to address bowel/bladder incontinence and pain in the lower abdominal and pelvic floor areas. 
  • Health care provider training—trains the caregiver to safely help the cancer survivor with physical activities without risk of injury to themselves.

"I am honored that I am able to work with cancer fighters and be a part of their recovery.”

– St.Vincent therapist