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Oncology Rehabilitation and Lymphedema

Oncology Rehabilitation

Oncology rehabilitation can help you restore lost abilities or learn how to compensate for problems related to your cancer. Our providers include trained therapists who have extensive expertise working with oncology-related issues and understand the complex nature of oncology survivorship. 

We offer an interdisciplinary approach to provide you with the most comprehensive treatment possible. Working as a team, along with your physician, these professionals provide comprehensive rehabilitation services, providing you with the best opportunity for improvement. 

Physical therapists: Specialize in improving functional movements, including walking, and improving range of motion, strength, balance, endurance and pain reduction.

Occupational therapists: Specialize in upper extremity function, activities of daily living, low vision, energy conservation/fatigue and pain. They can facilitate adapting functional activities, such as bathing and dressing, using adaptive equipment to conserve energy and improve hand/arm function.

Speech/language pathologists: Specialize in addressing difficulty with swallowing, talking, voice (including loss of larynx) and thinking/memory (including strategies to address change in cognitive function).

Lymphedema therapists: Occupational and physical therapists who are certified in treating lymphedema. They also provide education on risk reduction and management. Any survivor with ongoing functional limitations due to cancer may be a good candidate for rehabilitative services. 

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic but treatable condition in which excess fluids collects in the skin?muscle tissue and causes swelling. This is caused by a problem with the lymphatic system, which carries lymph fluid, nutrients and waste material between the body tissues and the bloodstream. Lymphedema is manifested by swelling in various parts of the body, usually an arm or leg.

Event though lymphedema is not a life-threatening emergency, if left untreated, it can cause:

  • Skin breakdown
  • Infection
  • Loss of movement/function
  • Discomfort or pain

Our LANA-certified lymphedema therapists provide the most effective treatment available that includes:

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression bandaging with short stretch bandages
  • Skin care, self-care and exercise program
  • Maintenance program

For more information, call (360) 493-4159 or consult your physician to see if a referral to the Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic is appropriate for you.