Rehabilitation for Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Lovelace Women’s Hospital’s Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program benefits women during or after breast cancer treatment.

The therapy program is designed to assist patients to:

  • Improve range of motion, strength and endurance, and tissue mobility
  • Decrease risk of lymphedema, chronic pain, and Axillary Web Syndrome
  • Improve ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Decrease risk of scar and soft tissue adhesions following a lumpectomy or mastectomy
  • Reduce fatigue and joint pain during chemotherapy
  • Decrease skin adhesion and cording during radiation treatment

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

Lymphedema is swelling that can occur due to a blockage in the lymphatic system. It is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Lovelace Women’s Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation’s lymphedema certified therapists (CLTs) provide treatment and education for the comprehensive management of lymphedema. While there is presently no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of your affected limb. We treat patients with lymphedema including:

  • Primary lymphedema (present at birth)
  • Secondary lymphedema (result of surgery, trauma, cancer)
  • Post-surgical lymphedema
  • Lymphedema related to breast cancer
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (i.e. long-standing varicose veins)

Lymphedema treatment may consist of:

  • Special massage techniques to move the lymph fluid and instruction on self lymph massage
  • Compression garment consultation and recommendations
  • Instruction in compression bandaging techniques
  • Therapeutic exercise and functional training
  • Education in self-management and home program
  • Manual lymph drainage and other manual techniques

Call 505.727.4628 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Massage Therapy  (temporarily unavailable)

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.