Bone Cancer Oncology Rehabilitation
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Our physical and occupational therapists work with you to help combat fatigue and improve mobility throughout your bone cancer treatment.
Oncology Rehabilitation for Bone Cancer
Bone cancer and its treatment can impact your physical functioning and overall energy level. Many patients require physical therapy and rehabilitation after undergoing surgery to treat bone cancer of the arm or leg. Other treatments may cause fatigue or nerve damage.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we offer comprehensive oncology rehabilitation services for bone cancer patients.
At our cancer hospitals, an integrated team of physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), speech pathologists and massage therapists will work with you to promote a healthy lifestyle throughout your bone cancer treatment and beyond.
Oncology Rehabilitation Therapies
When you arrive at CTCA, our oncology rehabilitation team will conduct an initial evaluation to assess your current level of physical fitness and your ability to perform activities of daily living. Then, your personal rehabilitation therapist will work with you to design a plan tailored to your needs. Some of the therapies offered through our bone cancer oncology rehabilitation program include:
If you underwent surgery for bone cancer in a limb, your rehabilitation therapist will work with the orthopedic oncology team to help you maximize use of the affected limb, or learn to use your prosthesis. In addition, we’ll work with you to implement a customized physical fitness regimen to help you stay strong. Centered on cardiovascular fitness, strength training and flexibility, our oncology rehabilitation program can help you to increase your strength and endurance. In addition, your rehabilitation therapist will teach you strategies to reduce fatigue as you perform everyday tasks.
Our occupational therapists will evaluate how you interact with your day-to-day surroundings and assess your physical mobility. We’ll teach you how to address, and adapt to, any physical limitations resulting from your treatment.
Some treatments for bone cancer may cause peripheral neuropathy (numbness, pain and/or tingling in the hands and feet). The ReBuilder system uses a gentle, but powerful, electrical impulse to re-educate the nerves to follow the correct paths and treat numbness, tingling or pain in the limbs.
Scar Tissue Therapy
We can perform scar and myofascial work after surgery to decrease pain and discomfort.
Our massage therapists can help reduce cancer-related bone pain and improve your quality of life throughout your bone cancer treatment.
Acupuncture therapy involves the placement of very thin needles at specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy. This painless, non-invasive technique can help to reduce side effects from treatment, such as pain or nausea as well as fatigue.
Like acupuncture, auriculotherapy is a painless, noninvasive technique used to stimulate energy flow throughout the body. In this case, a device is used to stimulate specific points along the outside of the ear with a small electrical current. This may also be helpful in alleviating side effects related to your treatment for bone cancer.
Our speech pathologists can help address problems such as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing and cognitive changes that can result from chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Your oncology rehabilitation therapist will work closely with you to find the right combination of therapies to build your strength, promote your independence and reduce stress so you can participate in activities that are important to you throughout your bone cancer treatment.
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