Multiple Myeloma Oncology Rehabilitation
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Oncology Rehabilitation for Multiple Myeloma
Sometimes, multiple myeloma and its treatment can affect your physical performance, energy and sense of well-being. For instance, some multiple myeloma treatments may cause fatigue and/or peripheral neuropathy (pain, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet), which can make it difficult to participate in your everyday activities.
The oncology rehabilitation team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)—including licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists—can help you in the following ways:
- Overcome physical deficits
- Reduce pain
- Alleviate muscle discomfort
- Improve strength and endurance
- Promote coordination
Oncology Rehabilitation Therapies for Multiple Myeloma
When you arrive at CTCA, you’ll have the option to meet with a multiple myeloma oncology rehabilitation therapist for a physical assessment to evaluate functional deficits and needs. Then, you and your rehabilitation therapist will develop a plan based on your personal rehabilitation goals.
You may decide to incorporate any of the following therapies into your care:
- Physical Therapy: An exercise program that includes light resistance exercises can help alleviate breathing problems, improve appetite, relieve constipation, reduce stress and increase energy.
- Occupational Therapy: These therapies can help you perform daily living activities, such as grooming, dressing, showering and eating, so you can continue to live as independently as possible.
- Auriculotherapy: This non-invasive technique, which involves an electrical stimulation to the external ear, can help alleviate side effects, such as balance problems, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue.
- ReBuilder: This technique, which involves an electronic stimulation to an affected area (such as the hands and feet) to increase tactile sensory and awareness, may help improve peripheral neuropathy.
- Massage Therapy: Touch therapy can help restore a sense of harmony, relaxation and well-being.
- Interactive Metronome: This series of computer-generated sounds to measure a rhythmic beat and response can be used to increase concentration and improve balance, function and cognition.
A Team Approach
Throughout your multiple myeloma treatment, your oncology rehabilitation therapist will consult regularly with your pain management practitioner, mind-body therapist and the other members of your CTCA care team to meet your individual needs. Our rehabilitation team also helps prepare you and your family for continuing the rehabilitation program at home.
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