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Oncology Rehabilitation Services at Good Samaritan North Health Center

Cancer survivors face many challenges, both during and after treatment.  Rehabilitation can help patients maintain physical well-being and functional independence, as well as reduce pain and discomfort during cancer treatments

After treatment is completed, Physical Therapy focuses on helping patients regain function, improve strength, and decrease fatigue. Lymphedema prevention and management is also available. Patients are monitored and supervised throughout the rehabilitation process.

We can help cancer patients manage the following:

  • Physical well-being after cancer
  • Impaired mobility, deconditioning, weakness, and loss of flexibility
  • Energy management issues, including cancer-related fatigue
  • Chemotherapy-related side effects, including neuropathy, gait (walking) abnormality, and balance problems
  • Lymphedema

What is Cancer-Related Fatigue?

Cancer-related fatigue is defined as a persistent, subjective sense of tiredness related to cancer or to cancer treatment that interferes with daily activities. Patients may experience generalized weakness, poor concentration or attention, decreased motivation, and difficulty sleeping. 

Patients may feel unrefreshed upon waking, or sleep may not be restorative. Other issues may include problems with short-term memory, difficulty completing daily tasks (dressing, bathing, housework, etc.), and fatigue lasting several hours after exertion.

Our specific interventions include:

  • Mobility training
  • Increasing muscle strength and stamina
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Stretching of radiated joints and tissues/post-radiation fibrosis
  • Scar management
  • Reduction of pain and prevention of muscular pain syndromes
  • Equipment recommendations
  • Balance and coordination
  • Fall prevention
  • Energy conservation
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Endurance training
  • Lymphedema management

Frequently Asked Questions about Oncology Rehabilitation

How do I get enrolled in the program?

Your physician writes a referral for Physical Therapy that includes a diagnosis for treatment. You schedule an evaluation to determine your needs and establish a program specific to your goals. Once your physician has sent a referral, you can call our department to schedule or have your physician schedule for you. Call us at (937) 734-5720.

How much will this cost?

Cost varies based on your insurance plan. Contact your insurance carrier to find out your physical therapy benefits. Ask if Good Samaritan Hospital is in your network plan. Typically, benefits are either a set number of visits or a percentage of the billed services, or a combination of the two. Some patients have a co-pay due at each visit. Medicare Part B covers 80% of the cost. A secondary insurance may cover a portion or all of the remainder of the charges.

What can I expect at the first visit?

You complete a 15 minute registration process. Then you meet with the physical therapist who performs a thorough evaluation of your needs. This typically includes strength and range of motion testing, observation of functional abilities, balance testing, and equipment assessment as needed. We work with you to establish appropriate goals to achieve improvement, independence, safety, and enjoyment of recreational activities. The first visit, including registration and scheduling follow-up visits, takes approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours to complete.

How often will I come to therapy?

Frequency varies depending on the needs and goals established in your evaluation.  When the goals are achieved, physical therapy is discontinued with instruction in an appropriate home exercise program. In the event that a plateau in status occurs prior to goal achievement, the therapist discusses options with you.

Can my family come to therapy with me?

We welcome family member participation, with 1-2 family members attending your therapy sessions.  They can be invaluable sources of information especially relating to your medical history and current functional status. With your permission, family members may be asked to assist with activities or exercises at home. We encourage you to help maintain and improve your independence as appropriate.

What will the rehabilitation program look like?

Your program may include stretching and strengthening, working on how you walk, and improving your balance.

How do you communicate with my doctor?

After the evaluation is completed, a report is forwarded to your doctor’s office. Your doctor also receives periodic updates if you have any follow up appointments with us. When your Physical Therapy is completed, a discharge summary is sent to your physician.

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