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Cancer Rehabilitation Program
Cancer treatment takes a toll on your body and spirit. Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's dedicated cancer rehabilitation program can help you regain your strength, improve function and reclaim your quality of life.
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Cancer treatment can create side effects that may interfere with day-to-day activities.
Sister 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
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides cancer rehabilitation care at several locations:
In partnership with Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Sister Kenny'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.
Fighting cancer is difficult enough, so we aim to make your rehabilitation care as smooth as possible.
Sister Kenny'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.
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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 is an effective treatment for patients who have difficulty swallowing. An electrical current stimulates muscles while a Sister 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:
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.