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Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Cancer treatment takes a toll on your body and spirit. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's dedicated cancer rehabilitation program can help you regain your strength, improve function and reclaim your quality of life.

For an appointment with
our comprehensive Cancer Rehabilitation Program physician or nurse
practitioner, call

Cancer treatment can create side effects that may interfere with day-to-day activities.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Cancer Rehabilitation Program is designed to restore your quality of life.

We are with you throughout your cancer journey

Services and locations

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides cancer rehabilitation care at several locations:

In partnership with Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's comprehensive cancer rehabilitation program offers a three-phase approach; before, during and after cancer treatment.

Before treatment, rehabilitation can help you build strength and endurance.

While you are undergoing treatment, it can help you maintain your physical well-being and functional independence and reduce pain and discomfort.

After treatment, rehabilitation can help you regain function, improve strength and decrease fatigue.

Team approach

Fighting cancer is difficult enough, so we aim to make your rehabilitation care as smooth as possible.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Cancer Rehabilitation Program includes a physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation - physiatry) and a nurse practitioner specializing in cancer care.

A referral from your health
care provider is needed before
therapy may begin.
For more information or to schedule a therapy
appointment, call

The program is under the leadership of Nancy Hutchison, MD, medical director, who has extensive experience in cancer rehabilitation, is certified in lymphedema therapy, and serves as chairman of the National Lymphedema Network Medical Advisory.

A nurse care coordinator from Virginia Piper Cancer Institute helps patients coordinate care between their oncology providers and rehabilitation providers.

Tailored treatment plans

Cancer treatment can often leave patients with a variety of medical conditions, including swelling (lymphedema), fatigue, skin problems, pain, joint stiffness, weakness, paralysis, balance, memory and swallowing problems.

VitalStim therapy

VitalStim® Therapy is an effective treatment for patients who have difficulty swallowing. An electrical current stimulates muscles while a Courage Kenny therapist helps a patient practice swallowing. With repeated therapy, muscles are re-educated and the ability to swallow again improves.

Cancer rehabilitation begins with a comprehensive evaluation by a physiatrist or nurse practitioner to determine the physical impact of the cancer and treatment. A treatment plan is then tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual.

A cancer rehabilitation program may include:

  • lymphedema management by certified lymphedema therapists
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • speech therapy
  • swallow/dysphagia treatment
  • myofascial therapy for muscle and joint tightness or pain
  • balance therapy
  • equipment or special garments
  • therapies for patients with brain or spine tumors.

Exercise has been shown to have positive physical and psychological benefits for cancer patients. Therapy and exercise are tailored to each phase of cancer treatment.

Patients can also access Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and the LiveWell Fitness Center for the best integrative health care along with cancer rehabilitation.