Physical therapist in the cancer rehab program supports patient as they work on building muscle strength.

Cancer Rehabilitation

Medical Reviewer: Ashley Perry, PT, DPT, MTC
Last Updated: April 9, 2024

Cancer Rehabilitation 

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer or just completed treatment for cancer, our multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program can help bring back your physical and emotional well-being. 

Cancer-related Symptoms We Help Manage

If you are experiencing these symptoms after your cancer treatment, our rehabilitation therapy program can help: 

  • Pain 
  • Joint stiffness or reduced range of motion 
  • Weakness, fatigue and reduced endurance 
  • Poor coordination and balance 
  • Memory loss or attention-span decline 
  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking 
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence 
  • Limitations with activities such as bathing, dressing or cooking 

 

If you are interested in our Cancer Rehabilitation program, request an evaluation at our Become a Patient page. 

Our Recovery Program 

 Brooks sources knowledge from a wide range of therapists, doctors and psychologists who are experts in cancer rehabilitation. Through this approach, your cancer rehab team will work to address your specific needs before (pre-rehabilitation), during and after initial treatment.  

 Our Approach 

Brooks clinicians will complete a thorough evaluation and collaborate with you on a unique rehabilitation plan that supports your overall well-being and an improved quality of life.  This plan includes improving strength and endurance to help with activities of daily living and prepare you for further cancer treatments.  

Most importantly, during your care plan, our clinicians collaborate with your oncology team to ensure a seamless delivery of care. 

Services Included 

 Our comprehensive approach includes everything from nutrition support to mental health care and innovative technologies to assist in balance, gait and strength recovery.  

We will be there with you every step of the way, helping you navigate what is next in your rehabilitative program.  

At Brooks, you can expect to receive the following cancer rehab services:  

  • Coordinated care with oncology teams  
  • Cancer rehabilitation navigation 
  • Physical therapy  
  • Occupational therapy  
  • Speech-language pathology 
  • Vision rehabilitation therapy
  • Certified rehabilitation nurses  
  • Neuropsychology and psychology  
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physician  
  • Supportive care physician
  • Technology-assisted therapy vestibular and balance therapy 
  • Cognitive therapy  
  • Pain management  
  • Lymphedema therapy  
  • Gait training  
  • Fall prevention  
  • Caregiver training 
  • Dietician services  
  • Fatigue management  

Your Care Team 

Your care team will be made up of physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, physical, occupational and speech therapists, nurses, neuropsychologists and nutritionists — depending on your care setting — all trained in cancer rehabilitation and working together on your unique rehabilitation plan to help you achieve your goals. 

Our Care Settings  

Through Brooks Rehabilitation’s complete system of care, we are able to meet you wherever you are in your recovery journey. 

  • Inpatient hospitals – if  close medical supervision with oversight from physicians and nurses is needed during rehabilitation, our  post-acute hospitals are ranked No. 1 in the state for rehabilitative care.  
  • Home health – if you are at home, but it is difficult to leave for appointments, our therapists and nurses can come to you. We serve 23 counties in North and Central Florida. 
  • Outpatient clinics If you are mobile and able to visit us on-site, we can provide the therapy and technology needed at our on-site clinics to continue therapy.  

What is Pre-rehabilitation? 

Before your cancer treatment starts, patients can start preparing for rehabilitative therapy during and after treatment.  

These services may include:  

  • Assessment of your current range of motion and strength  
  • Lymphedema monitoring and education  
  • Development of an individual plan to address any impairments that may affect recovery while receiving cancer treatments  
  • An exercise program to address overall cardiovascular strength and endurance 
  • Education for identifying and addressing cancer-related fatigue 

Does Brooks have a Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program?

Our cancer rehabilitation program also addresses breast cancer rehabilitation before, during and after treatment. Some of the care you can expect to receive is:

  • Prehab services to provide education, obtain baseline measurements, identity and address any pre-existing impairments that may hinder recovery time.
  • Post-op care designed to restore prior level of function or highest recovery. Brooks’ clinicians are trained to understand the unique surgical interventions and reconstruction procedures frequently seen in breast cancer treatments. This allows for tailored treatment plans to restore function faster and safer.
  • Lymphedema therapy to address a wide spectrum of lymphedema treatments. Lymphedema is swelling that can occur in the limb after surgery or radiation treatment. Our clinicians provide services to those who are at risk for lymphedema as well as those who have already been diagnoses and need direct intervention.

How Do I Participate in the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Brooks? 

Your oncologist will be able to provide a referral to our program any time during your treatment, including before you begin. You can also request an evaluation through our Become a Patient page.  

Does Brooks Accept Insurance? 

We take most insurances, but it is best practice to check with your insurance company before scheduling an appointment. You will need a referral from your doctor for our inpatient hospital or home health care.  

If you need outpatient therapy, you may start therapy for 30 days before needing a doctor referral. Ask your insurance company about “direct access” for physical therapy and your coverage before scheduling an appointment. 

Why Choose Brooks? 

For over 50 years, Brooks Rehabilitation has been the leader in innovative, world-class rehabilitative care for adults and children who have experienced traumatic injuries and conditions that require physical rehabilitation. We Go Beyond Expectations to help empower you to reach your highest level of recovery.  

To request an evaluation for our cancer rehabilitation program, simply visit our Become a Patient page and fill out the form.

 

 

Medical Reviewer

Ashley Perry, PT, DPT, MTC

Oncology Program Coordinator
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