Rehabilitation for Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Our program benefits patients during or after their breast cancer treatment and is designed to assist in:
• Decreasing the risk of lymphedema, chronic pain and Axillary Web Syndrome
• Decreasing skin adhesions and cording during radiation treatment
• Improving the ability to perform activities of daily living
• Improving the range of motion, strength and endurance, and tissue mobility
• Reducing fatigue and joint pain during chemotherapy

Cognitive Rehabilitation/Reorganization

Our cognitive rehabilitation/reorganization program was designed for our patient who need rehabilitation after brain cancer, and is provided by licensed speech-language pathologists who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders.

Our treatment options include, but are not limited to:
• Education and practice of compensatory strategies
• Evaluation and treatment for cognitive disorders
• Specialized home exercise programs

Dysphagia Rehabilitation

Our dysphagia rehabilitation program is provided by licensed speech-language pathologists who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. 

Our treatment options include, but are not limited to:
• Education and practice of compensatory strategies
• Evaluation and treatment for swallowing impairment
• Diet texture modification and/or position modifications to increase safety of swallow
• Prophylactic exercise programs
• Specialized home exercise programs
• Patient education

Lymphedema Program

Our lymphedema certified therapists (CLTs) provide treatment and education for the comprehensive management of lymphedema. Lymphedema is swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell.

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.
While there is presently no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of your affected limb.

Our treatment options include:
• Compression garment consultation and recommendations
• Education in self-management and home program
• Instruction in bandaging techniques
• Manual lymph drainage and other manual techniques
• Therapeutic exercise and functional training

Massage Therapy 

Licensed massage therapists at Lovelace Women's Hospital offer a variety of massage techniques, including deep tissue, craniosacral, trigger point massage, Swedish massage and manual lymph drainage. Appointments are offered Monday – Saturday and do not require a referral.

Prices:
• 30 minutes - $30
• 60 minutes - $50

To make an appointment, please call 505.727.4629.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Our pelvic floor rehabilitation program is provided by physical therapists who have specialized training in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction for problems including urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, constipation, post-surgical problems, sexual dysfunction and post-oncology intervention.

Our treatment options include, but are not limited to:
• Biofeedback of the pelvic floor muscles
• Bladder re-training
• Manual therapy
• Modalities including electrical stimulation and thermal agents
• Pelvic floor strengthening and stretching
• Patient education

 

To schedule an appointment for rehabilitation services, please call 505.727.4725.