Gallbladder Cancer Oncology Rehabilitation
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Learn how our physical and occupational therapists help combat fatigue and improve quality of life throughout your gallbladder cancer treatment.
Oncology Rehabilitation for Gallbladder Cancer
Gallbladder cancer and its treatment can impact your physical functioning and overall energy levels. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we offer comprehensive physical therapy and oncology rehabilitation services for our patients with gallbladder cancer.
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 gallbladder cancer treatment and beyond.
Oncology Rehabilitation Therapies
When you arrive at CTCA, our gallbladder 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 rehabilitation program include:
Your oncology rehabilitation therapist will help you develop and implement a customized, physical fitness regimen to help you stay strong to combat your cancer. 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. They can then teach you how to address, and adapt to, any physical limitations resulting from your treatment.
Some treatments for gallbladder 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 your cancer-related pain and improve your quality of life throughout your treatment for gallbladder cancer.
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 gallbladder cancer.
Speech and Language Pathology
Our speech pathologists can help to address problems such as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of voice and cognitive changes that can result from chemotherapy treatment.
Your gallbladder cancer oncology rehabilitation therapist will work closely with you to find the right combination of therapies to maintain or regain your independence, build your strength and reduce stress so you will be able to participate in activities that are important to you while you undergo treatment.