Tuesday 20 August 2013

Cancer Patients Need a Plan to Help Them Get Back to Work

Cancer patients need a plan to help them get back to work
If you have completed cancer treatment and want to improve your abilities so you can return to work and leisure activities, you are a candidate for the Cancer Rehab Canada program. Here are a few things that you can expect on your first visit:

An Assessment Allows Your Rehab Team to Make a Treatment Plan

You will be assessed by a physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist on your first visit. Your functional status may also be assessed by a kinesiologist, testing for your ability to do things such as lifting, walking, squatting etc. From this information, together with your input, the rehab team will make recommendations and prepare an individualized treatment plan based on your needs.

What a Typical Treatment Program Can Involve

Your treatment sessions will likely vary in length, and your therapist will advise you of this after the first visit. Often sessions become longer as you are able to tolerate more exercise/work conditioning. Although treatment varies for each individual based on their goals, some of the more common type of treatment for cancer rehab may include:
  • Exercise
  • Work Conditioning
  • Manual Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Lymphedema Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Education & Coping Strategies
  • Techniques to Reduce Dizziness or Vertigo
  • Pelvic Floor Treatment

What You Should Bring to Your First Appointment

We recommend that you dress in comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in, and bring running shoes and a water bottle if possible. Since some clients feel more comfortable using their own mats, so you can also bring your own “yoga” mat if desired.

Principles of the Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Client-centered, active rehabilitation and empowerment are the guiding principles of the program that is now offered at 24 LifeMark/Centric Health clinics.

Client Centered – individualized, evidence based care provided in your community
Active – increasing your physical activity will have the biggest impact on your recovery
Rehabilitation – includes a multi-disciplinary team of rehab professionals
Empowerment – providing you with the tools you need to regain control of your life

Contact us for more information at judy.boivin@lifemark.cajudy.boivin@lifemark.ca.

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