Lung Cancer Oncology Rehabilitation
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Our rehabilitation therapists help you build strength and endurance, manage pain, and maintain the energy you need during lung cancer treatment.
Oncology Rehabilitation for Lung Cancer
Lung cancer and its treatment can affect your physical functioning, breathing and overall energy. The oncology rehabilitation team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) helps you build strength and endurance, regain independence, reduce stress and maintain the energy you need to participate in activities that are important to you throughout your lung cancer treatment.
Our oncology rehabilitation team includes licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists.
As part of your rehabilitation for lung cancer treatment, our physical therapists will help you design an individualized exercise program that combines range-of-motion training with light resistance exercises. These therapeutic exercises aim to minimize your fatigue and optimize your physical function, safety and well-being.
Physical therapy support is closely tied to nutritional support. Our therapists work with your dietitian to monitor your daily caloric intake, and make accurate and sustainable physical therapy recommendations.
- Motion for Life is a therapeutic exercise program for patients who wish to have an active lifestyle while undergoing cancer treatment. The program minimizes the loss of and rebuilds lean muscle to support a healthy body weight. It also supports respiratory function, flexibility and endurance.
- Some of our hospitals offer the Rebuilder® System, for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain. 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.
Physical therapy also supports you after surgery to ensure efficient and safe lung cancer rehabilitation. Our therapists encourage and support you to become mobile as soon as possible after surgery.
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. They strive to help you maintain the highest level of independence, and ease your transition back home.
Speech and Language Pathology
Many lung cancer patients benefit from speech and language pathology. As part of your oncology rehabilitation program, your speech and language therapists will address problems such as dry mouth, difficultly swallowing, loss of voice and the cognitive changes that can result from lung cancer treatment.
Our massage therapists can help reduce your cancer-related pain and improve your quality of life during your lung cancer treatment.
Scar tissue management is often helpful for lung cancer patients who undergo surgery. Our massage therapists perform these techniques on you, and teach you or your caregiver how to manage pain at home.
Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy
This painless, non-invasive treatment, which involves stimulation of specific points along the body, including the ear, can help alleviate some of the side effects of lung cancer treatment, such as pain, nausea or fatigue.
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