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Virginia Moratz and Alan Kimmel, MD

Aiding Oncology Patients Suffering From the Side Effects of Treatment

January 24, 2017
Oncology Rehabilitation is a key component of the care and support of a cancer patient. Cancer does not just affect a body part. It can affect the entire patient and their loved ones. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, countless doctor visits, and just plain worry can be strenuous.

Oncology rehabilitation is the process of addressing a host of potential issues that might include:
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Deconditioning and general debility
  • Swelling and lymphedema
  • Range of motion problems with many causes:
    • Scar contractures
    • Axillary web syndrome
    • Unrelated chronic orthopedic issues such as frozen shoulders, knee and hip arthritis, etc.
  • Nerve injuries with hypersensitivity, weakness, and palsy
  • Pain, discomfort
  • Psychological stress and anxiety
  • Challenges to activities of daily living
Oncology rehabilitation ideally begins right after diagnosis or initial hospitalization with efforts to promote flexibility, endurance, balance, and strength. It continues with individualized treatment plans designed to address an individual patient’s goals. These can range from simply getting out of a tub or chair to resuming labor-intensive occupations or sports, self-care, and childcare.

Oncology rehabilitation ideally begins right after diagnosis or initial hospitalization with efforts to promote flexibility, enduarance, balance, and strength.
Our physical and occupational therapists are specialized and equipped to evaluate and address issues related to posture, scar management, post-radiation skin care, neuropathies, and lymphedema.

We tailor a program to fit a patient’s specific needs. Our team includes our lymphology medical staff and it works in concert, as indicated, with other affiliated GBMC oncology teams including speech and swallowing, mental and spiritual health, and nutrition. By identifying small issues early, we can help address them before they become big problems.

Speak with your oncology provider about a referral for oncology rehabilitation. Please call the Greater Baltimore Center for Rehabilitation Medicine for a consultation or initial evaluation at 443-848-6210.
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