At Essentia Health, we are dedicated to helping cancer survivors function at the highest level possible. Cancer treatment can be very toxic and often causes significant pain, fatigue and disability for survivors. Through our Cancer Rehabilitation program, our goal is to minimize these side effects and to encourage cancer survivors to have the best quality of life possible.
Our cancer rehabilitation program is offered by a group of trained professionals who successfully completed the additional training for cancer rehabilitation. Our team consists of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, registered dietitians, social workers, Therapeutic Recreational Specialists and mental health professionals. Each team member provides expertise, guidance, training and support throughout your rehabilitation treatment.
Your cancer rehabilitation plan will depend on individualized goals that focus on increasing strength and energy, managing pain and improving your functioning and quality of life. Additional resources are also available to you if you need them.
Cancer treatments can be very toxic and may cause you significant pain, fatigue and disability. Through cancer rehabilitation, our goal is to minimize these effects and to encourage you to have the best quality of life possible. Below are some frequently asked questions to help you learn more about cancer rehabilitation.
Cancer rehabilitation is very similar to other forms of rehabilitation after a serious illness or injury. Services should include consultations with appropriate board-certified or licensed clinicians in rehabilitation medicine, including physiatrists (doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine), rehabilitation nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
Rehabilitation professionals can help you with a wide variety of treatment-related conditions and their symptoms, including pain, weakness, fatigue, shoulder problems, balance and gait problems, memory and concentration issues, swallowing and speech problems and lymphedema.
If you have any problems that you didn't have before your diagnosis, especially if they interfere with your ability to function or quality of life, you are a candidate for cancer rehabilitation.
Insurance should cover costs if professionals with healthcare degrees and licenses in rehabilitation medicine offer the rehabilitation program. These include physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and even speech therapists. Other team members’ services that your insurance will usually cover (if care is delivered in a healthcare setting) include nursing and mental health. As with all insurance issues, check with your carrier about deductions and co-pays.
Essentia Health has trained Cancer Rehabilitation professionals throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Go to our website at EssentiaHealth.org to find a location near you.
To be referred into the Cancer Rehabilitation Program, just talk to your health provider and ask to be referred.
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