Cancer rehabilitation addresses the unique needs of patients experiencing symptoms as a result of cancer or cancer treatments. Cancer and the treatments for cancer can cause various side effects such as pain, limited mobility, decreased strength, swelling and fatigue, creating a range of therapy needs. Penn Therapy & Fitness provides outpatient care and education designed to enhance the quality of life and improve the function of individuals affected by cancer.
Individualized Cancer Rehabilitation Services
To meet the challenges that face cancer patients, the experts at Penn build comprehensive, individual treatment programs. Our team coordinates physical medicine and rehabilitation interventions with acute oncologic care to ensure continuity. This is an innovative approach that delivers rehabilitation during and after cancer treatment on either an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending upon what works best for each individual.
Rehabilitation services may include management of:
- Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) for the treatment of lymphedema
- Peripheral neuropathy due to cancer, chemotherapy and radiation
- Neurological deficits
- Musculoskeletal disorders resulting from cancer or treatment
- Nutritional counseling
- Patient and family education and counseling
- Exercise programs to help to build strength, endurance, and mobility
- Assistance with activities of daily living
The Cancer Rehabilitation Team
Our cancer rehabilitation team is lead by a physiatrist, Mously LeBlanc, MD, who collaborates with other specialists. These specialists may include an oncologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist and nutritionist. Patients and family members are encouraged to be active and informed partners in the rehabilitation process.