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Oncology rehabilitation for Hodgkin lymphoma

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Oncology rehabilitation for Hodgkin lymphoma

Sometimes, Hodgkin lymphoma and its treatment can affect your physical functioning, energy and sense of well-being. Throughout your Hodgkin lymphoma treatment, the rehabilitation therapy team will work closely with the other members of your care team to combat various treatment-related side effects with rehabilitation therapies:

  • Fatigue: Therapeutic exercises, as well as cardiovascular, flexibility and strength training, can help improve your strength and endurance.
  • Physical deficits: Occupational therapy can help you perform daily activities by addressing physical limitations in grooming, dressing, eating, etc.
  • Nausea:  Auriculotherapy, a non-invasive technique involving an electrical stimulation of the auricle of the external ear, may help to alleviate nausea.
  • Constipation:  Physical therapy, including a personalized exercise program, can help relieve constipation.
  • Shortness of breath: Gentle exercises, light stretching, breathing techniques, and auriculotherapy may help to relieve shortness of breath.
  • Peripheral neuropathy: With an electronic stimulation to the affected area, the ReBuilder technique can help increase tactile sensory and awareness.
  • Muscle discomfort: Massage therapy, a touch therapy, can help alleviate muscle tension and restore a sense of relaxation and well-being.
  • Poor concentration/balance: Interactive Metronome, a series of computer-generated sounds to measure a rhythmic beat and response, may help to increase concentration and improve balance.
  • Swallowing difficulties: A speech and language pathologist can help you resolve swallowing difficulties and collaborate with your dietitian to help you stay nourished.

What is oncology rehabilitation?

Oncology rehabilitation describes a wide range of therapies designed to help you build strength and endurance, regain independence, reduce stress and maintain the energy you need to participate in daily activities that are important to you. Here are the rehabilitation therapies we offer patients:

Physical therapy: As part of your cancer treatment, our physical therapists can help you design an individualized exercise program that combines range-of-motion training with light resistance exercises. These therapeutic exercises aim to reduce fatigue and optimize physical function, safety and well-being.

Occupational therapy: Our occupational therapists can help you with daily living activities that are important to your routine and quality of life, such as dressing, showering and eating.

Speech and language pathology: Many cancer patients benefit from speech and language pathology. Therapists address problems you might experience, including dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of voice and cognitive changes that can result from cancer treatment.

Manual therapy: Our massage therapists can help reduce your cancer-related pain and improve your quality of life during your cancer treatment. Some manual therapy options include:

  • Traditional massage
  • Stone therapy
  • Myofacial release
  • Soft tissue manipulation with passive stretching
  • Aromatherapy
  • Effleurage massage
  • Friction
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Reflexology
  • Chiropractic care

Our chiropractors perform adjustments to treat bone, muscle or joint pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care can also help to relieve symptoms such as neuropathy, nausea and headaches.

Auriculotherapy: This painless, non-invasive form of oncology rehabilitation stimulates the auricle of your external ear to help alleviate side effects of your cancer treatment, such as pain, nausea or fatigue.

ReBuilder: This therapy may be used if you experience peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling or loss of reflexes in the hands and arms or legs and feet. ReBuilder is designed to increase tactile sensory and awareness with electronic stimulation to the affected area.

Lymphedema prevention and treatment: Lymphedema occurs when fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling. Our oncology rehabilitation team provides various non-surgical options to prevent lymphedema or reduce the swelling associated with it. After non-surgical therapeutic approaches have been exhausted, we may also provide surgical options to treat lymphedema.

Additional services/programs: We offer several additional services/programs to promote recovery and improve your quality of life after radiation therapy, surgery or drug-based treatments. They include:

  • Programs to address sexuality concerns
  • Programs to address incontinence
  • Weight management/movement program
  • Healthy lifestyle coaching
  • Support for fatigue and sleep disturbances

Experienced care team

Rehabilitation therapists are an important part of our care teams. With experience in all of the above treatment options, these therapists offer a variety of services to help you manage side effects and improve your quality of life. Our therapists include licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

Personalized treatment approach

We personalize treatment plans to the individual based on each person’s goals and experiences. Your care team would help you decide which oncology rehabilitation therapies would help achieve your goals. You may have one or more of the above therapies during the course of your treatment.