What is Cancer Rehabilitation?

Moody Oupatient Center Gym

The Moody Outpatient Rehab Gym

Cancer rehabilitation is helps people being treated for cancer to have a good quality of life. Rehabilitation can help your body stay strong despite cancer treatment. Rehabilitation treatment starts when you are diagnosed. It is continued through your treatment and after treatment is over as well. Your rehabilitation plan will be personalized to your needs. The goal of rehabilitation is to help your life stay as normal as possible.

Parkland’s Cancer Rehabilitation Program works to help you keep doing as much for yourself as you can by helping with your symptoms, no matter what kind of cancer you have had or how it has been treated.

If you have any of these things listed below, talk to your provider about Parkland’s rehabilitation services:

  • If you have trouble getting around, poor balance or have falls
  • If you are stiff and movement is hard
  • Increased pain, weakness or swelling
  • If you have trouble getting things done at work or at home
  • If you have any trouble swallowing or speaking
  • If you have changes in your sexual desire or ability
  • If you have trouble controlling when you go to the bathroom
  • If you have trouble exercising or doing things you enjoy
  • If you are feeling unsure about how to safely exercise during or after treatment

Rehabilitation Services at Parkland

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Balance Disorders/Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Specialty Survivorship Therapy Classes
  • Hand Therapy
  • Voice Therapy
  • Swallowing and Communication Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up my first appointment?

If you feel you need therapy services, please speak with your provider. Your provider must order therapy services for you in your medical record. Once that order is received and processed you will be contacted to set up an appointment. The need for more rehabilitation visits will be determined after your first appointment.

Does my insurance cover rehabilitation?

Each insurance is different. You can speak with your insurance by calling the number on the back of your insurance card or speak with our financial counselors to determine what will be covered.

What to expect for my first visit?

A rehabilitation professional will evaluate you at your first visit. There may be tests of your strength, your ability to move and checks of your body for swelling and pain.

After the assessment, your rehabilitation professional will make a plan with you for future appointments and treatment. Often the treatment includes things for you to do at home between appointments.

What should I wear to my first appointment?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can exercise or move about in easily. Hospital gowns are available if needed for you to change in to.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

Think about what you used to be able to do but find harder now. This can be used to help make your treatment plan. Bring a list of your questions and concerns so that we can understand your needs and answer them for you.

Is it safe for me to go to rehabilitation while I am still on chemotherapy or any other cancer treatment?

All therapy services must have your provider’s order telling us that you are safe to have physical therapy. Further, for your safety, we clean and disinfect in-between patients. There are private treatment rooms we can use when needed.

Resources for patients, families, and caregivers

Survivorship classes
What is a survivorship class?

Survivorship classes are for people who have finished their cancer treatment and are ready to go back to normal life. Classes are taught in a small group setting with others who are also done with treatment..

What survivorship classes do we offer?

Currently survivorship classes are offered for survivors of breast cancer and GI-colorectal cancers.

Who can attend a survivorship class?

Any patient referred by a provider can attend.

Yoga for breast cancer survivors

Yoga for breast cancer survivors is offered in a small group format. Yoga programs have been shown in studies to be very good for patients who have had breast cancer. Yoga helps you sleep better, be less tired and have more energy to live your life fully.

How to sign up for yoga?

Contact your provider for further information about the breast cancer yoga program at Parkland.

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Cancer Survivor doing rehab at the Moody Outpatient Gym

Cancer Survivor doing rehab at the Moody Outpatient Gym