Cancer can challenge your body
Our specialists help you adapt
Your treatment team may include specialized physical, occupational or speech therapists to help you with challenges from the side effects of some treatments. Our therapists are specially trained in meeting the unique needs of cancer patients. Some areas our therapists can help are:
Therapy for challenges to speech and swallowing
Speech therapists work with you before, during and after treatment to minimize the impact cancer treatments and the disease have on your speech and swallowing ability. Some of the specific help we provide is:
Prior to treatment we provide:
Counseling to condition you to swallowing during treatment. We teach you preventative swallowing exercises, including posture techniques and changes to your diet.
If your treatment will include surgery, we will evaluate and educate you on changes to your voice prior to surgery.
During and after treatment we provide:
We evaluate your swallowing function and provide direct swallowing therapy designed for your needs during and after treatment.
Should your speech be impacted by treatment, we evaluate the changes and create a specialized treatment plan to help you with voice production.
Therapy to regain or adapt to daily living challenges
Should your treatment cause changes to your physical abilities, your treatment team may include specialized occupational or physical therapists. These therapists are skilled in helping you regain or adapt your daily living to the results of your cancer.
Safety and adaptive equipment recommendations
These special therapists can help with recommendations for adaptive equipment to help you with physical challenges. They can also evaluate your home environment and recommend any changes to improve safety or mobility.
Coping with physical changes
You may find that you are tired, or have reduced physical stamina. Your therapy team can help teach you how to conserve your energy and minimize the impact of your treatment.
Treatment for lymphedema
Cancer treatment may involve removal or changes to your lymphatic system. If lymph nodes are removed, or the lymphatic vessels are inefficient, an abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid may occur. This condition is called lymphedema. Left untreated, swelling may become severe enough to cause the skin to harden. You may lose motion in the affected body part as well as an increased risk of infection.
You treatment team may include therapists specially-certified in the treatment of lymphedema. We will create a customized treatment plan for your condition. The therapy may include decongestive treatment such as compression garments, exercise and lymph drainage. We also will provide skin care recommendations and a specific plan for you to continue in your home.