Skin Cancer Oncology Rehabilitation
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Oncology Rehabilitation for Skin Cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we offer comprehensive physical therapy and oncology rehabilitation services for our patients with skin cancer. Our goal is not only rehabilitation, but promotion of a healthy lifestyle throughout your treatment and beyond.
At our cancer hospitals, an integrated team of physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), speech therapists and massage therapists will work with you. They’ll help you develop and implement a customized, physical fitness regimen. Centered on cardiovascular fitness, strength training and flexibility, our oncology rehabilitation program can help you reduce stress and improve your quality of life. Regular exercise also encourages healing and strengthens your body for your fight against skin cancer.
When you arrive at CTCA, our skin cancer 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 rehabilitation therapist will work with you to design a plan tailored to your needs.
Physical therapy/exercise program
No matter what your existing physical capabilities are, at CTCA, we work with you to strengthen your body as a whole. Physical activity can increase your body's tolerance to other therapies that you may be receiving as part of your skin cancer treatment. Participating in daily exercise programs can also help reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Your oncology rehabilitation therapist will educate and support you throughout your treatment for skin cancer, enabling you to take control over your condition and achieve optimal wellness. Our exercise programs combine range-of-motion training with other light activities, like resistance training and stretching, to provide you with the right amount of exercise during your treatment.
Massage therapy can help to relieve stress and reduce cancer-related pain, as well as increasing overall well-being.
At CTCA, occupational therapists are available to help support you during treatment. By studying you as you interact with your day-to-day surroundings, occupational therapists assess physical mobility and will teach you how to address, and adapt to, any physical limitations resulting from skin cancer treatment.
During your treatment for skin cancer, speech pathologists can address problems such as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of voice and cognitive changes that can result from some types of cancer therapy.
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