You’re Finishing Your Treatment, Now What?
Cancer and cancer treatments can have major impacts on your quality of life. Even after successful treatment, you may experience lasting pain, numbness, a decline in your endurance and other negative health effects. The rehabilitation team at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health and the Cancer LifeNet professionals at the Kaufman Cancer Center are dedicated to providing comprehensive rehabilitation and supportive programs to cancer patients and survivors that can improve daily function and help you feel your best.
Our rehabilitation programs and services include:
Lymphedema is a buildup of fluid in part of the body that may follow lymph node removal, injury or radiation treatment. Lymphedema in the arm can often occur when lymph nodes are removed during breast cancer treatment. While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be effectively controlled through professional care and self-management. Our certified lymphedema therapists are here to help offering individualized approaches to treatment that include:
• Skin and nail care
• Manual lymphatic drainage
• Special bandaging
• Therapeutic exercises
With education from our team and proper management, you will soon return to living your everyday life.
Cancer-related Cognitive Therapy
Cancer-related cognitive impairment is a disorder that affects learning, memory, attention, concentration and problem-solving during or after cancer treatment. These symptoms can be subtle, yet persistent, and may result from the cancer itself, cancer treatment or complications of treatment. There are many things that patients can do to help sharpen their mental abilities and reduce cognitive decline, and our specialists are available to help both during and/or after cancer treatment. With proper management, patients can increase their independence and improve their overall quality of life.
Some chemotherapy drugs can cause damage in the nerves of the arms and legs. Many times when the nerves in the legs are affected, some patients may experience decreased confidence with walking and balance. Physical therapy can provide assessment to manage these symptoms and balance training with specialized equipment such as the NeuroCom® can reduce your risk for falls.
Pelvic Floor Program
Chemotherapy, surgery and radiation can have a significant impact on many of your body’s functions. Common side effects can often be addressed and managed successfully; however, sometimes there may be symptoms you are hesitant to talk about. Meeting with our certified pelvic floor therapist is a safe place to discuss side effects such as constipation, urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency and sexual dysfunction. Pelvic floor therapy focuses on strategies to manage these issues.
Thoracic Cancer Prehab
Prehab is a form of strength training designed to help increase your physical fitness before undergoing treatment or a procedure. Because the stronger you are before surgery, the stronger you will be after. Lung prehab specifically helps maximize respiratory efficiency in people diagnosed with lung cancer. Our physical therapists will evaluate you for basic strength, flexibility of joints and elasticity of your rib cage during breathing exercises. Individuals are given a pedometer and journal allowing them to monitor their steps and track any breathing issues they may notice. After surgery or treatment, a physical therapist will meet with you to determine whether any additional therapy is needed.
Part of a cancer treatment plan may include surgery, and any surgery can cause a temporary decrease in strength and function and an increase in pain. Rehabilitation after surgery for cancer is a key part of your recovery. It can improve physical strength, reduce anxiety and help manage the fatigue, pain and other side effects often associated with surgery. Our rehab professionals can help to return you to your optimal level of function. I95 Sponsored Content
UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers rehab for cancer in 3 convenient locations:
UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
510 Upper Chesapeake Drive, Suite 514
Bel Air, MD
The Ward Family Y in Abingdon
101 Walter Ward Boulevard
Havre de Grace:
UM Harford Memorial Hospital
501 South Union Avenue
Havre de Grace, MD
For more information on any of these services visit:
umuch.org/cancerrehab or call 443-643-3257.
Our Cancer LifeNet’s rehabilitation supportive services include:
Stay Fit and Active
Feeling tired is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Stay Fit and Active, a low-impact fitness program, helps people who are undergoing cancer treatment or who have recently completed treatment combat chronic tiredness. The program is led by an oncology-certified fitness instructor and teaches you easy exercises designed to help you stay active and lessen that tired feeling.
These therapies embrace a body, mind and spirit approach to facing cancer. Programs such as massage, meditation, Reiki, acupuncture and mindfulness-based stress reduction can help manage stress and increase relaxation.
Yoga is the practice of physical, mental and spiritual discipline that combines physical postures, breathing techniques and relaxation. It is often a way that cancer patients and survivors can strengthen their bodies and help manage many of the uncomfortable side effects and fatigue that cancer treatment can cause.
Food is a part of everyday life, but it can also have important implications in cancer care. Proper nutrition has been shown to decrease complications and infections, lead to fewer hospitalizations and treatment interruptions and improve your quality of life. Advice from an oncology dietitian helps you manage symptoms before, during and after cancer treatment. Together with the dietitian, you will develop an individualized nutrition plan that best supports your needs and health conditions.
Living Well: Cancer Thriving and Surviving
Living Well is a workshop that helps you take control of ongoing health issues, rather than letting them control you. Designed for patients who are dealing with cancer (and other conditions), Living Well helps you set goals and create an action plan that can be used to manage fatigue and pain, eat healthfully, communicate better with doctors, reduce stress and live your life to the fullest. I95 Sponsored Content
Cancer LifeNet offers these supportive services at the Kaufman Cancer Center in Bel Air.
For more information visit umuch.org/cancerlifenet or call 443-643-3350.
UM Upper Chesapeake Health is a member of both the University of Maryland’s Rehabilitation and Cancer Networks. Whether it’s access to leading-edge technology, national experts or promising clinical trials, together we are offering our community something greater.