Cancer rehabilitation can help improve daily function and the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. Our physical therapy team works with individuals to address a variety of conditions and symptoms related to cancer, including pain, fatigue, limited mobility, weakness and swelling, before, during and after treatment.
Cancer rehabilitation prior to treatment, or “pre-hab,” helps patients stay as strong as possible throughout treatment, and is an integral part of the recovery process. Every rehabilitation program is different, tailored to the needs and goals of each patient.
Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in the tissues just under your skin. This build-up causes swelling, most often in the arms/hand or legs/feet, but it also can happen in the breast/trunk, head/neck and the pelvic regions. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment.
Our Lymphedema Clinic offers a variety of treatment options, including compression and applying multiple layers of bandaging. Our physical therapists are specially trained in techniques of complete decongestive therapy, which involves a gentle manual manipulation of tissue to drain the fluid.
The manual lymph drainage is done through a very specific route to mobilize the fluid around damaged tissues and lymph nodes. Our team focuses on early interventions to minimize the long-term effects.
Our classes are offered weekly, and taught by our physical therapy team, who has extensive experience working with cancer patients.
Pilates for Patients with Cancer
Pilates is an exercise system which focuses on engaging the mind and body with exercises initiated from the core. Pilates can help strengthen the spine and improve spinal health at various stages of healing and fitness. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Todd Cancer Pavilion Exercise Room, 3rd Floor. The cost is $5 per person/per session. To register, please call (562) 933-9504.
Yoga for Patients with Cancer
This gentle yoga class, designed for cancer patients and caregivers, is focused on breathing, meditation and gentle yoga poses to help relieve stress and relax muscles. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothing. Classes are held on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in the Todd Cancer Pavilion Exercise Room, 3rd Floor. The cost is $5 per person/per session. To register, please call (562) 933-9504.